Real Estate Best Practices

Coaches, books, classes and seminars aim to capture real estate agents dollars with promises to teach them any number of ways to improve their business. From sales skills to how to close more deals to how to win with expireds (expired listings) and more, everyone has something to teach you.


There's nothing wrong with continuing education, whether it's keeping on top of new laws and regulations or learning how to be more productive. But before you spend an arm and a leg on any of those things, pull up a chair, put on your glasses and peruse the pages in this section of ActiveRain.


It is only here that you can tap into the world's largest online real estate community and actively engage with your peers. Find out what works and what doesn't from those that actually put into practice what others merely teach. Read how-to articles, advice on designations, certifications and continuing education classes. You never know where you will find the inspiration to take your business to the next level. So, pull up a chair and dig in!

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By James Lowenstern, Castles Unlimited. Newton MA Real Estate
(Castles Unlimited®)
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In 2015, James Lowenstern wrote and self-published the book Your Million Dollar Year in Real Estate  in order to shine a critical light on the defining principles, structures, and tenets inherent in the current residential real estate brokerage industry. Over the last 3 decades, Lowenstern has be...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Learn to Use Ten Minutes Intelligently“Learn to use ten minutes intelligently. It will pay you a huge dividends.” William A Irwin 1873 – 1952, President of US Steel   As I see it . . . . . . .Learn to use ten minutes intelligently Your life will move in the direction of your habits. What you cont...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Asking Questions . . . . Gives You Insight“Asking questions with a purpose becomes a gateway to gathering information and a better understanding of    the person that your speaking to.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author    As I see it. . . . . . ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Through the Eyes of Others“How other people see us is through the eyes of their perception of us . . .  . Either we send out a positive message for them to see      . . . . Or it   becomes a negative message that leads to unproductive business relationship.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consul...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Character is Revealed“Sports do not build Character . . . . They Reveal it.” John Wooden   As I see it . . . . . . .Character is revealed Under the pressure of sports . . . . and in business character will come to the surface in challenging times to reveal itself. Your character will reveal itsel...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Remember What is Important to You“It’s easy in life for us to forget the things that we should really remember . . . .  and remember the things that we really should forget.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author    As I see it . . . . . . .Remembe...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Real Integrity . . . . Is In the Doing“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” Oprah Winfrey, Talk Show Host   As I see it. . . . . . . .Real Integrity . . . . is in the doing Integrity is doing what’s right even when . . . . you ma...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Strength . . . . is in Your Determination"The difference between a successful person and othersis not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge,but rather a lack of determination.”Vince Lombardi 1913 – 1970 , Football Coach  As I see it. . . . . . . . Your strength . . . . is in your deter...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Strength is in Your Determination“The difference between a successful person and othersis not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge,but rather a lack of determination.”Vince Lombardi 1913 – 1970 , Football Coach   As I see it. . . . . . . . Your strength is in your determination  Succe...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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As You Think . . . . You See“As you think you see . . . . What you see will determine your course of action . . . . and your course of action will determine your future.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . . .As you thin...

By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
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After 20 plus years working in private law corporations and Fortune 100 Tech Companies I was in burn out mode.  I was tired of working 15 hour days and tried of traveling. So many of my friends envied the fact that I traveled 3 weeks out of every month. The perception was that my work was glamoro...

By Sheila Newton Team -- Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate, 26 years experience -Residential Real Estate Sales
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner)
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Research shows that timely follow-up and persistence will increase your chances of turning a lead into a client. Some leads take over a year to come around, which makes it easy to give up before that time and lose that customer before they can become a client.It is imperative that you stay in tou...

By Zurple Marketing Team, Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents
(Zurple)
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The life of a realtor is a never-ending networking event. Each person you meet is a potential lead, or may even have a referral (including other agents and real estate industry professionals). It’s important to stay connected and network with your local community members if your business is to su...

By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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  Happy Valentine's Day, ActiveRainers!Tim here, with a quick question: do you think your website and marketing is up to par, in terms of maximizing repeat business? You'll love this 8 step graphic illustrating how to ensure you're the only agent that homeowners (your sellers) turn to when they'r...

By Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.)
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I do several things and this will be LONG. I time-block for every minute I have in the day (including sleep) and get very specific. But I am an extreme Type A personality. My personality tend to be S and C on the DISC chart.  I have a paper calendar, 2 TRELLO boards (Time Block and Week-At-A-Glan...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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“How am I doing?” Those of you living in New York City might remember when Mayor Koch used to ask his constituents that question. Asking that question with your business is very powerful because it tells your staff and your clients that they matter.That they matter is an understatement. First of ...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
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Just because you have a real estate license does not mean that you should sell everything in the category.  What is important is to position you (your brand) in the minds of your target market by choosing a real estate niche that you love, and can satisfy your income goals. The idea is to become ...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
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Ways that Technology Can Ruin Our Business I am far from a data security expert. I know it and admit it willingly. But in this day and age I think we have to keep up with the issues that affect our online security and that of our computers, and potentially our businesses. No doubt you have seen s...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 First Class “It’s the little things that make the big things possible. Only attention to the find details of any operation makes the operation first class.” John Willard Marriott 1900 -1985, American Entrepreneur, Businessman, Founder of theMarriott Corporation   As I see it . . . . . . .First c...

By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker, Author&Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Certified Feng Shui Manhattan California Expert Laura Cerrano was interviewed by Haley Nahman of Man Repeller. Haley took four major Feng Shui tips and incorporated them into her Brooklyn NY apartment bedroom to help enhance the overall energy flow. The article also provides greater insights into...