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 Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 173
Am I the Dinosaur in the Real Estate World Today  ?  I was reading an article today and listening to agents talking about not having to meet with clients in person  . Social media devices ,cell phones , texting ,doc u sign this was the way to go .   But I feel it is better to sit down with your c...
By Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
(REALTY ONE GROUP - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 702.443.7156 )
Comments 17
  Robert Vegas Bob Swetz "Embarrassed" after referring ActiveRain client to Las Vegas Realtor    This is not the first time this has happened to Vegas Bob and he is quite disappointed by some actions of Real Estate agents in Las Vegas Nevada. Vegas Bob received a text message from one of his ass...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 17
Don’t Waste Your Time Worrying “People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and New Years, but they really should be worried about what you eat between the new year and Christmas.” Bill Vaughn   As I see it. . . . . . . . Don’t waste your time worrying   Worrying about the past . ...
By Christopher Pagli, William Raveis Legends Realty
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group)
Comments 5
    The first part of this photo is very sweet and the only time I think it's appropriate to beg for Facebook "likes".  I quit smoking 7 years ago because I wanted to live, period.  Now that I have a daughter I owe it to her to be around as long as possible.     The second part of this is someth...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 44
Keeping Your Eye On That Target Tree in the DistanceI first started driving tractor when I was seven as many farm kids do and by the the time I left for college a decade later I had clocked an untold number of hours perfecting the art of working farm fields.One of the techniques that my father an...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
You Have a Gift “We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” Marie Curik, Physicist   As I see it. . . . . . . . You have a gift     You were born with a special gift. That gift is within ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 2
Be a Master of the Details “Small difference in your performance can lead to large differences in your results.” Brian Tracy, Self-Help Author and Motivational Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . . . Be a master of the details and standout in your field   You can’t do . . . . and be everything for e...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 5
The Curious Mine of a Child   “All the people we call ‘geniuses’ are men and women who somehow escaped having to put that curious wondering child in themselves to sleep.” Barbara Sheer, Author   As I see it. . . . . . . . The curious mind of a child . . . .   Reawaken . . . . the wonderment of th...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 32
His Wants -  Her Wants - Reality   A  couple was referred to me several years ago by a long time friend/client.  For several years prior to their retirement back east they received automatic email searches for townhomes in Scottsdale. This is what they said they wanted, to be close to their frien...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
Reaching for the Stars “I’d rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could be is a maybe who is reaching for a star. I’d rather be a has-been than a might- have-been, by far; for a might have-been, has never been, but a has was once an are.” Milton Berle 1908 - 2002, American Comedia...
By Michelle Spalding
(Transaction Management Consultants)
Comments 8
Over the years as a Transaction Coordinator I’ve met a lot of talented and successful Realtors. Some where just starting out and excited about the future, others had been in the business for a while and a bigger vision for where they wanted to go. As I learned about what their current real estate...
By Dave Hill PhD,ePro,SFR,CIAS,BPOR,CNE,CSC Chicago Area Real Estate Agent
(Midwest Premier Realty, Gurnee IL 224-321-0699)
Comments 4
However many times you've repeated over and over to yourself that the customer is always right, there will be times when you simply have to draw the line and tell the customer that he or she is wrong. It may be due to a manipulative client who is trying to wring concessions from you, or it may ju...
By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
Comments 8
The purpose here is simply to acknowledge, which I think is a healthy mental & spiritual step. Currently, I am working with some out of state sellers; half my age probably; easily twice as busy as I.  That's saying a lot since I'm essentially an Energizer bunny. We've never met, and all of our wo...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 2
Live your life stretching for your goals . . . . and reaching for the stars both are there for you if you’re willing to continue reach and try. Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. Reaching for the Stars “I’d rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could be ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 0
“Be proactive . . . . and not reactive . . . . and worrying will melt away.” – Lou Ludwig Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. Don’t Waste Your Time Worrying “People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and New Years, but they really should be worried abou...
By Josh Holt, Southern Maine and NH Real Estate - Your Source of Info on the Berwicks
(RE/MAX Coast To Coast~ Dedicated to You!)
Comments 34
Recently Rick Rogala, the Real Estate Marketing Coach from Chicago, put up his list of top ten business/motivaitional/inspirational books, and being the book worm that I am, I thought I'd put up my own top ten. Susan Emo and I came up with an idea to do our own. Susan's is great and has some book...
By BILL CHERRY, William S. Cherry & No Co., Wealth Coach
(William S. Cherry & No Co., Wealth Coach)
Comments 3
Do you ever wonder how much your personal stubbornness costs you in commissions and other negotiated settlements every year? I suppose the amount primarily depends on our individual personalities.  But left unchecked, it can dramatically affect our business. Let me give you an example.    It has ...
By Amanda Thomas, Broker, Realtor®, SRES®, BPOR
(Providence Group Realty)
Comments 19
  If you practice real estate long enough, eventually you will find yourself working a transaction that falls outside of your immediate stomping grounds. While folks commonly recognize that there are differences in laws and practices in between states, it isn't as commonly understood that there c...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 66
The primary function of our website is to bring us business. The easiest way to do that is to provide ways for buyers to easily search for properties. While buyers will also find a multitude of other information on the site, the search feature is the big star of our website. There are always exce...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team, New Home Construction and Luxury Specialist!
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
Comments 10
In 2009, I was blessed to be brought into a new family by a dear friend of mine and I can say without any reservation, it has been a life altering transformation in PAY IT FORWARD. For a guy that came from extremely humble beginnings, I always worked hard and nothing was ever given to me except c...