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 Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 60
   Imagine that your life as you know it changed....you lost your job, your spouse left with another person...and the savings account.....you are a single parent overnight with no support other than the part time job you had....the house needs some repairs......bills continue and income does not...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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Closing Gifts One of the most common questions I get asked is, "What is the PERFECT closing gift?" A closing gift represents the desire to express appreciation and gratitude to a client for their business and therefore, there is not an easy, one-size-fits-all answer. The reason for that is becau...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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There’s No Gain Without Risk“To try is to risk failure. But risk must be taken because thegreatest hazard of life is risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, live and love....

By Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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  A speaker that Mr Banana and I listen to quite often has talked about lining up your engines instead of having them go off in all kinds of wacky directions.  I am sure real estate professionals can relate to this with our hectic schedules - and quite frankly just about everyone else too.    Wha...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 12
    In another lifetime, I owned a marketing agency....the things I learned, the education I got and successes and failures have been invaluable to us in our real estate practice. Many things we do would not be done as well...take longer to learn or never be included at all in our custom marketin...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 A Person With Unlimited Enthusiasm  “A man can success at almost anything.For which he has unlimited enthusiasm.”Charles M. Schwab 1862 - 1939, American Steel Magnate        As I see it. . . . . . . .A person with unlimited enthusiasm A person with enthusiasm sees the green lights on their succe...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Pursuit of Excellence “A musician must make music. An artist must paint.A poet must write. If he is to be ultimatelyat peace with himself.”Abraham Maslow 1908 - 1970, American Psychologist and Best Selling Author   As I see it. . . . . . . .Pursuit of excellence Doing what you do well becomes . ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Have Patience’s in All Things“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them everyday begin the task anew.”Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622), Bishop of Geneva and is honored...

By Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (800) 591-6121
(Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes)
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Do you look at commission rate before you decide to show a property? Over the years, I've had many different types of conversations with agents regarding the selling commission offered on listings.To be honest, on a rare occasion, I have seen some quite ridiculous commission rates offered on the ...

By Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 10
Halloween Is Coming!Sedona StyleEnjoy The Halloween SeasonNo Better Time To Start Than Friday the 13th!  I updated this video to include my current picture and brokerage. You also can update videos quickly and efficiently by keeping the original file before processing.  I used Final Cut Pro and s...

By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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That honestly and ethically have no real reason to be in the title, it just sounded cool.Why are there so many people not only in real estate but other areas of life that are average or below average?And so, few above average? I do not think God planned it that way.We will just stay about Realtor...

By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 2
I was invited to partake in a 'roundup' of 49 Feng Shui Experts. What's so great about this article? It offers a ton a varying Feng Shui perspectives that all lead to one goal; and that is to help provide you ladies and gents with the best ideas, suggestions, and insights on how to established a ...

By Eva B. Liland with Century 21 Doug Anderson, Selling Your Home in Today's Market
(Century 21 Doug Anderson)
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Enthusiasm keeps me going, my glass is mostly half full. Following your enthusiasm is a way to stay positive, to stay passionate about life, your career, your health, basically about anything you value!I wake up with an attitude of gratitude and of a life filled with passion, helping others fullf...

By JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 0
 I get the question fairly often from newer agents and those that are simply curious as to the ends and out of the business. "What system works the best." Everyone wants to know what that magic bullet is that will pour in a steady stream of high quality leads that quickly become sold stickers on ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 15
Life is a Life of Choices“Life is 8 percent of what happens to you . . . . and 92 percent on how you respond to it.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . . .Life is a life of choices Life is a life of choices . . . . You w...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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The Most Neglected Client in Real Estate: The Potential Client One of the most common complaints real estate agents have is that their business feels like a roller coaster and is either "feast or famine." Some agents would argue that there is nothing they can do about this. BUT - There absolutel...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
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It Is Who You KnowPart of the value to my sellers is the relationships I have it established over the years with agents,vendors and those partners that help insure a smoother closing.Good agent relationships get my listings shown and help when it is a multiple offer situation. Those that I know w...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 23
In the Possibility Zone“Take a chance! All life is a chance.The man who goes farthest is generallythe one who is willing to do and dare.”Dale Carnegie 1888 - 1955, American Writer and Lecturer   As I see it . . . . . . .Take a chance in the possibility zone Step out of your comfort zone . . . . a...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 48
What Makes an MLS Photo Bad?If you belong to any social media group of agents, you will see outrage at bad MLS photos.  Real estate agents are a tough crowd.  They seem to measure every listing they see against how they would better present a home.  It's natural.  It's our job.  There are probabl...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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Can you believe it is already mid October. Halloween is only a couple of weeks away and Thanksgiving is next month. Christmas will be here before you know it and we will be ringing in the New Year. As we quickly go through this last quarter, it's a good idea to start reviewing this past year and ...