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 Zurple Marketing Team, Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents
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In today's Agent Insights - Candy Miles Crocker - a Realtor and Real Estate Life Coach, discusses shares the one thing all successful agents do each year.Here's Candy:Can you believe it's almost a new year already? Do you have a plan to reach your goals? Do you know what it will take to reach you...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Do you know the difference between a Client and a Customer?I have been meaning to write this post for over well let’s just say for a long time. To get a better understanding what I mean by a long time, please allow me to give a little Active Rain history before I get to my point.I have been fight...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Always Make a Total Effort“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” Arnold Palmer, Professional Golfer  As I see it . . . . . . .Always make a total effort When you make a total effort . . . . you form the habit of excellences. Your actions will carry through to every aspe...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Sense . . . . of Urgency“To achieve great things two things are needed a plan,and not quite enough time.”Leonard Bernstein 1918 – 1990, American Composer,Conductor, Author, Music Lecturer and Pianist     As I see it. . . . . . . .A sense . . . . of urgency A plan becomes your roadmap on your su...

By Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"
(U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.)
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"When you think things can't get any better... BAM... they just keep getting better"-Carol WilliamsYesterday, I posted an article about the importance of getting testimonials as an important part of your real estate business.  You must do this!I was remiss in not putting some emphasis on also giv...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Will to Prepare to Succeed Matters“The it’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that.It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”Paul “Bear” Bryant 1913 -1983 American Football Coach at the University of Alabama     As I see it. . . . . . . .The will to prepare to succeed matter...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
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One skill that cannot be practiced enough to improve both your professional and personal relationships is listening. It is essential for successful negotiations, for discovering opportunities to increase your business and also for enriching the level of rapport you have with others. When we take ...

By Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart!
(SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno)
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Good habits are as easy to form as bad ones.                                           Tim McCarverStart some good habits and you'll see this become your best year ever. Whatever I can do to help you do that, just ask.   All these bonuses are FREE with every home inspection.  ​     Scott Seaton-T...

By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(RE/MAX Excalibur,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
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The human spirit can never be silenced. When times are hard, you will always prevail; no matter how difficult the situation. Sometime it just needs a nudge. When things aren't as you want them to be, know that good things are around the corner, even when you don't expect or believe it. Challenges...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Are you a Weston homeowner who has been experiencing a tough time staying focused in the office? If so, there are a few life-changing tricks that can help you stay focused at work. See more at

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service)
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I have never been a fan of the Quid pro quo mentality, prefer to give freely.Thanks for the great post Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS !   Thinking out loud; I propose this thought that came to mind as I read The Go-Giver by Burg & Mann this weekend:   Even Steven is a Nearsighted Man with an Self...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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You need to know how to generate sustainable profits rather than how to make sales.  Are you spending so much time working IN your business that you never get around to working ON your business? I would be remiss if I didn't mention that Melissa Zavala also mentioned working ON vs IN your busines...

By Bridget McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(Corridor Mortgage Group 410-960-2061)
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THINK BIGGER!! Part 3 SUCCESS MINDSET FOR REALTORS In Part 1 you found that there is a mind body connection to your money.   In Part 2, you thought about your WHY.  Today, In Part 3 I am sharing a couple of quick tips for you to help you to achieve the goals you set. Once you have your goal writt...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Your life will move in the direction of your habits. 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 ...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Keep your goal challenging but realistic.  There have been a few Active Rain posts this week on New Years Resolutions.  If you have read them go to Beth Atalay 's and Ed Silva 's blog posts.  I am going to take a different spin on this.  When I conduct my goals classes I always talk about having ...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Successful people have the strength of purpose. Your Strength . . . . is in Your Determination "The difference between a successful person and others is 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 i...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 Whenever we receive more than one offer on a property, we contact each selling agent to let them know of the situation.  The agents and the buyers they represent can then decide if they wish to counter their own offer with different or fewer contingencies, a higher price or leave the offer as i...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Become Your . . . . Dreams “Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy  at what you shall at last unveil”  James Allen 1864 - 1912, Author, British Philosophical       As I see it. . . . . . . . B...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Happiness is Found in Enjoying the Journey“For the person who enjoys the journey will find that they achieve things in their life that are far beyond their original destination.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it. . . . . . . .Hap...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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If you, or someone you know is facing some difficult times, then you should read this post from Beth Atalay and understand that success might just be right around the corner, with a little effort: You May Go Broke to Be StrongI met with a friend for coffee this morning who is going through some r...