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!

Trending blogs on Real Estate Best Practices

 
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 134
Burnout and Real Estate, What to Do This post has been on my mind for awhile and after reading one of Lou Ludwig's inspirational posts, I think it is time to write about Burnout and Real Estate, What to Do. Burnout is described by Wikipedia as "a psychological term that refers to long-term exhaus...
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
Comments 80
Lists can be powerful when used properly. They imply organization, impart control, and enable understanding.  Instead of a "to do" list, I'm talking about lead lists.  Instead of trying to explain a complicated CRM solution or an expensive training program, I'm going to tell you the six lists you...
By Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad 707.646.1876
(Zillow - Nat'l Outreach Mgr & Dir. of Zillow Academy)
Comments 28
Are you tired of hearing about all the ways to get new business online? Are you bored with listening to the same old tips and strategies from online lead marketers? Well here's your chance to finally "Seal The Deal!" Try this no nonsense view and approach from folks like yourself who do this ever...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 69
I closed a deal last week where the other agent was in his mid 20's, and at closing he showed up to closing in a suit and tie.   He looked sharp.   I joked that I felt underdressed (I didn't really) and asked him how often we wore a suit and tie.     "Every day!  You have to look the part!  You h...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 89
Too often, I have read posts that touch upon the weaknesses in our profession.  Frequently, these weaknesses are attributed to the lack of formal education by many real estate agents, and it’s often suggested that an additional requirement of the candidate having an undergraduate degree be added...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 32
Your Character Will Become Your Calling Card “Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.” J. C. Watts   As I see it. . . . . . . . Your character wil...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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  One of the top issues keeping a Westchester NY entrepreneur up at night is how to get the team to work at peak performance.  Developing a high performing team means more sales, profits, and success for everyone on the team.  As everyone knows, an entrepreneur or broker needs to recruit good peo...
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Comments 46
Will my pinning bear fruit? That moment when you're not quite sure whether you're working or playing can deliver an epiphany--it's okay, perhaps better, if the activity fulfills both.   When my Pinterest subscribers passed the 10,000 mark earlier this week, I decided to ramp up the business side ...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
Comments 17
Where’s the Buy Button? Are consumers confused about at which websites they should be searching homes? Agent websites are designed with niches in mind, specific locations. Are there too many sites for consumers to keep track? Is one national site the best for home buyers to start their home searc...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 33
This is it! YOU make the choice of how it goes. I love the real estate industry and appreciate the work that goes into helping clients achieve their dreams. During a conversation with an agent who has been in business for just over a year, he told me it has been a difficult series of ups and down...
By Becky Kolb, Sun Lakes Arizona Expert
(ReMax Infinity - The KOLB Team)
Comments 27
How to take control of your Open House! How productive is your Open House? Let's face it it takes time and effort so how can you make it most productive? Here are some easy tips to take control of your open house.   Advertise your Open House - simply putting up signs in the neighborhood isn't eno...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 7
Ambitious Goals Stretch You to Do Your Best  “The value of an ambitious goal is not measured by what it will bring to you. The worth of a goal is measured by what it will make of you in the process of following and attaining it.” Ralph Marston, Professional Football Player 1929     As I see it. ....
By Marguerite Crespillo
(Marguerite Crespillo)
Comments 6
I've got an AWESOME new Podcast I just posted to my blog and wanted to share it with you... I have been a huge fan of Facebook for years as it has led to not only many rekindled friendships, staying in touch with family and friends but I have also gotten business from it and frankly (Pun intended...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
Comments 4
Happy Labor Day!   To all my fellow Workers, hope you have a wonderful day! Some of you may have the day off work today others may be laboring away, whatever the case may be hopefully you get a little time to reflect on a job well done this year! Keep up the good work!    When it comes to Real E...
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
Comments 60
As you may have heard, Google is now emphasizing articles that have at least 1000 words with even better rankings for articles pushing 2000 words. Many bloggers had a hard time adjusting to writing 500 words so 1000 seems almost unsurmountable.  Who has time or the expertise to write that much?  ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 15
Blame is Never the Answer “All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you.” Wayne Dryer, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . . . Blame is never the answer   Blame won’t chan...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 4
  We told you about our favorite Nail Salon...CM Nail Spa in New Berlin...Cary is the owner who takes pride in your cuticles, matches every finger and digit, polishes each nail to perfection....adds a delicate design if you wish...always has the massage that makes the experience all that much mor...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Doing Small Things Are Stepping Stones to Great Things “All Great things are only a number of small things that have carefully been collected together.” Source Unknown   As I see it. . . . . . . . Doing small things are stepping stones to great things     Too many times people will view the small...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Sense of Wonderment “One should never count the years – one should instead count one’s interests. I have kept young trying never to lose my childhood sense of wonderment. I am glad I still have a vivid curiosity about the I live in.” Helen Keller 1880 – 1968, American Author, Political Activi...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Feng Shui Expert and I Still Have Not Seen the Changes In My Life   This does happen from time to time. Nothing is perfect and there are no promises when working with energy for there are many factors that contribute to the shifting of one's life.  If you had a Feng Shui expert step into your lif...