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 Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 31
Angry Agents: What to do?  If you have been in this business for any period of time you have probably run into an angry agent.  Quite often they have been around for a long time and will tell you so immediately.  These are people who have grown up in the days when no agent was your friend, when n...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 15
Doing What’s Right is a Choice “There is always a choice to do what’s right.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . . . Doing what’s right is a choice    You make choices everyday . . . . some small . . . . and some that...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 112
 Instructions say two hours notice I am trying to set up appointments for properties Sometimes companies that have these properties listed have appointment centers . That is good I have had wonderful experiences with them . Many times you can set up your appointment on line . This allows you the ...
By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Comments 33
I met with a couple and went over all the issues to be concerned about when selling. Disclosures, certifications, water tests, just to name a few. When I called a couple of days later...I was told by the seller that I was wrong...He didn't have to have the septic certified. Who told you that? My ...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 7
  Market conditions are different everywhere...and yes...we do know that "it only takes one" buyer and the house is sold.  For a long time....with a glut of homes on the market, time was better spent in other ways..Sellers less interrupted....and for us...Open Houses....during this time, were "cl...
I opened my Facebook this morning and saw same old Realtors posting links to their Blogs, Posts where they helped their Clients, more information about their neighborhood, Videos that they shot of their new listings, pics with happy clients, and much more. I would say out of 100% updates that I s...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
Comments 16
Today, I was reminded how building strong  client relationships is mutually beneficial. I was on my way to a showing. I was almost there and heard a funny noise coming from the rear of my car. At first, I thought it was a possible flat tire but then I remembered I had just replaced my tires four ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 6
New Business Opportunities “A man to carry on a successful business must have imagination. He must see things a in a  vision, a dream of the whole thing.” Charles M. Schwab 1862 - 1939, American Steel Magnate   As I see it . . . . . . .   New business opportunities   The flexible people of the w...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
Spark Your Thinking and Ignite Your Imagination “Limitations lives only in our minds. But if we use our imagination our possibilities become limitless.” Jamie Paolinetti, Author and Cycling Professional   As I see it . . . . . . . Spark your thinking and ignite your imagination   Your possibilit...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
Comments 3
  Today I am going to remind my friends and contacts what I do for a living. It my monthly calendar reminder. Real Estate conversations happen everyday in every community. I can't be everywhere but I do have friends and contacts who know me and what I do. I just want to remind them that it is ok...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 13
      In Wisconsin, there is a specific window of time written in an offer to purchase during which the Buyer(s) will do their home inspection and any other testing that they name in the offer...most usually a radon test.  The homes are occupied with families...children, pets etc.      With divor...
By Inna Ivchenko, Los Angeles / Valley Homes
(Mannis Real Estate Group)
Comments 2
The California Association of Realtors conducted a survey to determine if staging a home increase its sales price. Home stagers and real estate agents are teaming up more and more to give turnkey service to the seller, staging a listing  to help a buyer see it as a home. Staging makes a house loo...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 156
Oh how easy it is to say “cut that client loose” but how often will an agent actually practice that action.  It’s not as easy to do as it is to say!!!  Yet, there are times when it needs to be done immediately. The longer one waits to make the decision to “break free” of the “chains that bind yo...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 4
  Try it...continued contact is essential in building a long-term relationship, not a one shot deal! Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments.   Social Capital is the international currency of networking Marjorie Tinnell, with Independence Title, in Austin TX presented a wonde...
By Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA
Comments 106
Greed, Fraud, Dishonesty or Putting the Agent’s Interest Above the Client’s By Michael Setunsky I read a featured post today regarding “Agents Double-ending on a transaction, good or alarming?” What I found to be alarming is that Dual Agency is being equated to “Double-ending” and is not in the ...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 27
  Social Capital is the international currency of networking Marjorie Tinnell, with Independence Title, in Austin TX presented a wonderful course on “The Authentic Agent.”  I know when Marjorie offers a course it will be time well spent. Her insights from technology to practicing the “best busine...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 8
We binged Breaking Bad a few months ago. If you haven't seen the show yet, it was a tremendous series featuring science teacher Walter White who, diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, decided to take on a less than traditional way to provide for his family in his death. The characters are well dev...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 40
Being Transparent ~ Let Them See Who You Really Are! Today as I met with my networking group, we were discussing the character attributes that we value and hope our clients can clearly see.  I wrote that one of my character attributes is transparency.  Allowing others to see who you really are is...
By Tom Priester, Paradise Sharks Real Estate
(Paradise Sharks Real Estate)
Comments 3
Real estate is a team sport and you better have the right team   If you are going to be doing real estate of any kind, the one thing that will make or break the transaction is teaming with the right Realtor. You must find one whose passion is the customer and helping them meet their goals. They a...
By Spirit Messingham, Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900
(Tierra Antigua Realty)
Comments 3
You’re often too busy to spend the time you’d like staying connected with your online community, sharing content and engaging with followers. But you know it’s an important part of your marketing, sales, and lead generation. How can you save time? Here’s how some of the busiest people we know tac...