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 Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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 Real Estate Agents Who Respond Deliver High Level Service  Do you deliver a high level of service to your clients .  Let's think about it .Do you respond to their text  phone calls and emails promptly .  You may not have an answer for them but it shows a level of respect and respect feels good ....
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 A Fork in The Road“One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. ‘Which road do I take?’ She asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’Was his response. ‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered. ‘Then,’ said the cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.”Lewis Carroll 1832 - 1898, author As I see it . ....
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or
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I try to watch at least one training webinar a week. The majority of these webinars deal with ways to grow our business. Tonight as I watched one of these webinars, the agent who was being featured made the statement, "Agents spend too much time servicing their clients rather than going after new...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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I am sure you have heard this saying  - 'Harder I work, Luckier I get'!There is no substitute for hard work.That's what is shared in this re-blog from my favorite motivator Lou Ludwig  Work Hard to Achieve Your Dreams “There are those who dream and wish and those who dream and work.” Jeune E. McI...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Your success journey will greatly resemble your choices.  The Extent of Your Efforts is a Choice “It’s not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it’s what you put into the practice.” Eric Lindros, Professional Hockey Player   As I see it . . . . . . . The extent of you...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
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 It's important to be of value and give people relevant information.However you also need to ask them to "return the favor," so to speak. What can you offer to the public that will make them want to give you their contact information and, most importantly, want to work with you?  A few ways to ge...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Energy to Finish What You Start“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body.The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”Anthony Robbins, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker As I see it . . . . . . .T...
By Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor
(Alan Kells 1-814-881-7548)
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 Real Estate Success Keys ~ Build Relationships Real Estate, like all sales, is a people business.  It's not who we know, but who knows us and the services we provide.  Face to face networking has been the paradigm for building business relationships for more than a century, but the internet is r...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Keep Trying and Give it Your Best“To try and fail is at least to learn. To fail to try is to suffer the loss  of what might have been.”Benjamin Franklin 1706 - 1790, American Statesmen As I see it. . . . . . . .Keep trying and give it your best Success isn’t achieved in coasting . . . or in tryin...
By Bob Haywood,
(McGraw Realtors)
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It was a typical morning at the dentist office.  The lobby was crowded, people were signing in, kids were playing in the kids area and I was there for my scheduled 6 month teeth cleaning.Hearing a crying child in a dentist office is pretty unusual, so when the little girl came out from one of the...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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There’s No Substitute For Hard Work “I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better, visualization works if you work hard.That’s the thing; you can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.”Jim Carrey Canadian American Actor As I see it . . . . . . .There’s no substitute f...
By Joel Jadofsky, One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area
(Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach )
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 Are you a "For Sale By Owner"?   When it comes to selling a home, sellers always have different reasons for doing what they do. But the biggest chance that sellers take is to not use a professional when it comes to selling their home. They believe that with not using a sales professional, they a...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Go Into Your Future With Boldness“Neither wise man nor a brave man lies down on thetracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.”Dwight D. Eisenhower 1890 – 1969, 34th President of the United States As I see it . . . . . . .Go into your future with boldness Step into the...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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They showed theirs, now show yours! Negotiations in price, repairs and terms can be tedious at best, especially when a potential homebuyer strives for a much lower price by creating a lengthy list of 'so called' repairs. The sellers had a very thorough home inspection performed prior to listing t...
By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
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 "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." - Milton Berle I have a single mom under contract to purchase a home.  She was supposed to close in June.  The lender she preapproved with dropped the ball and did not get the job done.  He asked for a 10 day extention, then a 30 day extension.  The ...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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 Why do I need To be qualified for a mortgage  to see a house  How many times have buyers asked you this question ? How do you answer this question ? I hope you explain to the buyer the importance of knowing how much they can afford; not what they think they can afford . We are Real Estate Profes...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
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WHY You Need a Pre-Approval       You've heard it before.  If you're going to buy a home one of the very first items on your 'to do' list needs to be obtaining a pre-approval from a lender.  Not a pre-qualification (know the difference between a preapproval and prequalification?).  Some of the mo...
By Will Hamm
(Hamm Homes)
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Funny how some things work out with our clients, I have a young couple that I have been working with since May to find a home.  Being the first home, they are excited and looking forward to having their first home.  Well we have written 15 contracts and have been out bit on all 15 but yesterday w...
By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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I just read a very informative and eye-opening article from Inman News about the ten most common ways that agents go wrong and end up getting sued.  It's not always something intentional, in fact, it's mostly unintentional. And that's why we need to be so vigilant in understanding our roles and h...
By Irene Medina, PA GRI CRS CDPE SFR TRC, Official Member of GiveBackHomes
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Much Ado About Mulch: Everything Property Owners Need To Know In Coral Springs, Florida If you want to know how much your house will sell for in Coral Springs, FL go to for a FREE 15 sec valuation or call Irene Medina.Realtor at 954-439-4851.  Mulch was nature’s idea way bef...