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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Way You Interact With People Will Create a Reaction“Every great decision creates ripples – like a huge boulder dropped into a lake. The ripples merge, rebound of the banks in unforeseeable ways. The heavier the decision, the larger the waves, the more uncertain the consequences.”Benjamin Disr...

By Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900!)
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Do You Say I Love You to Your Clients or Is It Just Me?  by Silicon Valley REALTOR Michelle Carr CroweMost of you know I believe in sharing the Aloha Spirit with my clients. The other night I said, "I love you," to my clients who were preparing to fly back overseas from Cupertino to China.While I...

By Julia St. Marie, ABR, RRG, RSPS
(Realty ONE Group)
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By Juliana Casale
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You have to learn to walk before you can run, and nothing could be truer than when it comes to your real estate marketing strategy. The all-important “I-can-do-anything” mindset, the desire to better yourself daily, and the determination to execute and iterate on your online marketing: That’s how...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A High Impact Business Model“To create a new business that makes money, and more significantly, employs others, and gives a product to a customer that improves their life, is our greatest challenge, our greatest opportunity,and the greatest gift far greater thenany charity that we can give our fo...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Give Up Or Fight Like Hell“If children have the ability to ignore all odd and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what others choices is there but hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally;give up or fight like hell.”Lance Armstrong, Cycling Ch...

By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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The FIVE ELEMENTS (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood) work best when blended together in a harmonious way inside your home. Today, we are focusing on the element of wood (a.k.a plants,flowers,trees, bushes, etc). Not only do they help to spruce up the overall ambiance, they are also scientifical...

By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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Open houses are almost always on the weekend. But "which day" is better/more productive is almost always up for debate and even a potential argument, depending on who you're talking to.  A few days ago a buddy of mine got himself into a mouthy conversation about holding open houses w/some fellow ...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Many of us feel there isn't enough time in the day to accomplish what we wish to do, and I'm no stranger to that feeling. However, I have found there are two things I do that make my days and weeks progress more smoothly.First -- I start almost every morning with 30 minutes of silence, taking tim...

By Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert
(Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827)
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Fact: Short sale properties sell for less than market value.Fact: Neighbors do not like when a home sells that can lower the comps of the neighborhood.Fact: HOA Directors by job definition have their noses in other people's business.Fact: HOA Directors sometimes complain that a short sale in thei...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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In the Face of Uncertainty “in the face of uncertainty there is nothing wrongwith hope.”O. Carl Simonton 1942 – 2009, Doctor, Author and Speaker   As I see it . . . . . . .In the face of uncertainty Have hope in your actions . . . . and believe that you will successfully complete the task. Where ...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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One of the main responsibilities of a real estate agent is to become well-versed with what we do for a living.  There are different degrees of knowledge absorbed and retained in order to properly execute. Whose obligation is it to master what we need to know to progress to the next level with our...

By Karen Jones Lewis, MBA, Realtor, Residential for Sellers and Buyers in S. Broward
(K1 Realty Group)
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 This was a comment I posted back in July and wanted to get AR member thoughts: I am paraphrasing the comment, but I wanted to give the final outcome on the situation: A client signed an exclusive listing agreement and went in the back door and signed a contract without my knowledge.  After she s...

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
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Thank you to the many Scottsdale REALTORS® who voted for me the last few days.  I'm happy to announce I'm now on the Board of Directors for the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS®!   It's an honor and a privilege to serve among some of the finest realtors in the Phoenix Metro Area!   Having ...

By Joseph Zingales
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Investing in real estate is a popular way of creating wealth. Some investors prefer to buy a property and hold on to it until its value appreciates. Others prefer to purchase a property, improve it and resell it for a profit in a short period of time. Regardless of the techniques, real estate inv...

By Brivity Platform, Manage. Market. Communicate. Convert. Get leads
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As a realtor, listings are your bread and butter. Whether a listing presentation succeeds in convincing sellers to list, is about your ability to present yourself better than the competition. However, it typically starts with the ability to overcome seller objections (to listing the property, to ...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
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Do You Tell the Public It's Sold?When you have received a contract, cleared all contingencies do you post a sold or under contract sign? Is it false advertising if you never let the public know it has Sold?Some properties never get the sold sign posted. One day the For Sale sign is just removed l...

By Oscar Busch, Mortgage Loan Officer
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MBA mortgage applications for the week of October 6th fell by 2.1%, following a .4% decline in the prior week. While refinance apps dropped by 4.2%, purchase apps only fell modestly, down .1%. Looking at the refi index, this is now the fourth straight week of declines, while the last weekly incre...

By Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury)
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Real Estate and KindergartenToday as I watched my little guy heading into his first day of Kindergarten, my heart was swollen with pride, nostalgia, and a little lump in my throat.  How did these years go by so quickly? How quickly will the next few years go by? After waving goodbye, I headed to ...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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    We are big believers in putting money ....AND effort where your heart is....and while it is time consuming and energy is rewarding in more ways than any paycheck or other kind of recognition one can ever receive.   (This has meant less "rain time" sometimes and will for a while....