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 David Dion
(Solutions Real Estate)
Comments 80
I Will Not Give Up Any Of My Commission   I have been in real estate for over 10 years, starting with a very successful personal real estate business, then forming The Valley Solutions Team that still closes between 100 - 200 deals per year, and founding Solutions Real Estate, with almost 400 age...
By Fred Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
Comments 258
      I pulled a gun on a man one night.  I fired a shot at the ceiling. I was prepared to fire a second shot, at the man.  More on that in a moment.    What about you?  Could you shoot and kill a person if your life was at stake?  The recent tragedy involving Beverly Carter has been a reality ch...
By Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte
(Savvy + Company Real Estate)
Comments 107
I’m not the kind of girl to disparage others. I know how hard those of us practicing Real Estate work! But I can hardly shush my ‘tsk-tsk’s’ when I encounter Real Estate agents who just don’t ‘get’ it. Some are merely 'old school', refusing to adapt. Others are just plain burnt out, and it’s all ...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 69
    6 Most Dangerous Everyday Situations in Real Estate The Real Estate Industry is reeling from the recent murder of Beverly Carter, a real estate agent in Arkansas, and the string of attacks on real estate professionals. Meeting new clients, showing properties, holding open houses, letting stra...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 58
BROOM CLEAN isn't quite as simple as it may appear to the average consumer buyer or seller. Inspired by "Broom Clean" by Jay Markanich. For clarity, many contracts provide for "Broom clean and free of debris". Just what does it mean and who manages compliance with that clause in the Contract of S...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 60
    Don’t Apologize Again, I Don’t Believe You. Change your ways!   We all make mistakes, we are human and we are not perfect. I am more than understanding of this and work at accepting this and help to make things right and move on. Think about your own experiences, how many times have you helpe...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 84
There Really is an App for That!   It's called RESPECT!     What did people do before smart phones? Call me old school but I happen to feel it is extremely rude and disrespectful when people are with someone and they are buried in their smart phone and ignoring the person they are with. For me, t...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 43
Looking back to the inception of social media, we pause to evaluate its meaning today.  In our title, we paraphrased the quote from Alice in Wonderland, “What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversation? ”   We substituted social media for the book, to illustrate that some of social m...
By Bob Ratliff, RE/MAX-CC, Cedar Park & Leander, REALTOR® 512-587-5689, Your Cedar Park Real Estate Consultant, REALTOR®
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR®)
Comments 61
Advertising new listings and not putting them on the MLS. What is the risk?   When real estate markets become "HOT" and multiple offers are common practice as here in Austin many REALTOR'S® will advertise new listings as "coming soon" prior to listing on the MLS. Many of these homes are escrowed ...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 10
I know. I'm as surprised as you are. But there really are only 10 weeks left in 2014 so it's definitely time to take a moment to reflect and another moment to make sure 2014 ends the way you want it to. Your assignment: Re-evaluate your 2014 goals and make a list of what needs to be done to achie...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 3
This just may be the best piece of advice you will receive all year   Now if you take this seriously and watch this now! you could even end up doubling your income in the next 12 months versus the past 12 months.   Just think, if I had heard this information many years ago when I began my sales c...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 12
A Break Through “Instead of asking ‘Why am I having to deal with all of this?’ Ask yourself what you most need to learn from your experience. View the situation much like the butterfly must see its cocoon. . . . as a barrier you make break through become the extraordinary creature you were design...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Comments 2
Israel Damien - Great Painter in Lower Fairfield County Israel has been with us for painting inside and outside our home for probably 20 years or more, but has been exclusively helping us with our clients  at Dagny's Real Estate for as long as we have had our doors open.   Israel always goes abov...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 1
  Two Great Ideas for Newer Agents   If you want to become a NADOTA agent right at the beginning here are two ideas to make you look better than most agents. Click here! And in addition to these two ideas in about two weeks we will be sharing something really exciting: Imagine if you are earning ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 7
All Things Become Possible “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for these who believe.” Gail Devers, Runner   As I see it. . . . . . . . All things become p...
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 103
Casual Dress in the Office, Boy Has It Gotten Casual I have read a few posts lately about agent's dress when meeting clients and even about being just a little more spiffed up than the client. When these discussions come up, it makes me feel very dated and from the old school. I like traditions ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 13
A Starting Point . . . . “The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point in this business. You’ve got to keep on working that talent. Or someday you’ll reach for and it won’t be there.” Irving Berlin 1822 -1989, American Composer an...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 2
Communications Skills Are Acquired    “Communications is a skill that you can learn.  It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.” Brian Tracy, Motivational Author and Speaker   As I see it . . . . . . . Co...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
 Value Your Accomplishments “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” Eckhart Tolle, German Born Canadian Author   As I see it . . . . . . . Value your accomplishments   It becomes very easy to look past your accomplishments in a hectic world...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
In Over-Coming Misfortune “Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to over-coming the consequence of any misfortune.”  William James, Psychologist   As I see it. . . . . . . . In over-coming misfortune   Misfortune occurs for many reasons . . . . some will have more impact on your life ...