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 Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 33
I am a Kroger shopper. It's close to my home and I know where everything is located in the store. Tonight, I decided to venture out to Whole Foods in hopes of scoring some Pretzel buns; something Kroger doesn't carry. This store can be a little intimidating to those of us who don't re...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 16
Fear is a great motivator!!  It has always been that way for me.  Nothing is taken for granted, and no matter how many awards or how high the rankings may be, anyone can slip away.  There will always be younger people, with more energy and greater talents, who come along and knock you into a “di...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Southern Utah Residential Real Estate Agent
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374)
Comments 7
Are you a GOAL DIGGER? Self-improvement comes with change and much work to achieve desirable results. There are 3 things a person can do to maintain focus when making changes in life, whether work related or personally motivated: Set the goal Write it down Put in motion It is rather simple when y...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 16
Half Empty or Half Full   Everybody has heard the saying, do you see the glass half empty or half full a million times or more.  And yet somehow it always comes down to seeing things half empty or half full.  Think about it -- I mean really think about it, again. There is a big difference you kno...
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 34
I Figured Out Why Agents Use Bad MLS Photos I had been thinking that agents posting the bad photos were the result of: Not having a decent camera Not using enough light Not having a steady or level hand Not having a good eye for dimension or angle Not caring what they post and too lazy to make it...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 12
There is distinct difference between marketing and selling.  Marketing is a two-way conversation about understanding and satisfying needs. Selling is attempting to convince someone to buy something they may not need or be ready for. Just yesterday we received an email from one of our clients who...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
  Your Thoughts and Attitude Are a Powerful Force “Some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under very disadvantage and working their solitary  but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles .” Washington Irving 1783 – 1859, American Author, Essayist, Biographer, Historian and...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 3
  There Are Four Ways People Evaluate You “There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contract with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.” Dale Carnegie 1885 - 1955, American Self-Help Writer and ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Keep Reaching “The kind of people I look for to fill top management spots are the eager beavers, the mavericks. These are the guys who try to do more than are expected to do and are always reaching.” Lee Iacocca, American Auto Executive      As I see it. . . . . . . .   Keep reaching   Don’t st...
By Suzanne De Vita, Online Associate Editor
(RISMedia)
Comments 4
Yesterday, I wrote a blog about Twitter mistakes – one of which was to protect your account from being compromised. Hackers aside, there are other ways your social media accounts can stir up trouble. Today, I’m sharing with you all a few pointers to keep in mind that will help you avoid legal has...
By Larry Brewer, Nashville Real Estate
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
Comments 2
I was just reading the post by Margaret Rome about the multiple offers on her listing, and it reminded me that the best chance of winning a bidding war is to have a buyers agent with a good reputation who knows the market. An unrepresented buyer is usually the first bid I would throw out in a mul...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 5
   We appreciate being referred to Buyers and Sellers by agents from other parts of the country....from Active Rain...from other Keller Williams agents who have read our profile and feel we would be a good resource/realtor for their Seller or buyer, from our past clients and customers who are jus...
By Christian Penner, Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
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Housing in Wellington May Be Headed for a Transformation Of the things Americans take for granted, one of the least questioned is the future availability of familiar housing circumstances: housing that’s ‘like where I grew up.’ For urban dwellers, that might be an apartment or condominium; for o...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
Comments 20
An easy way to expand your reach on Facebook   I am a very active member of Facebook. Yes, I have thousands of Facebook friends that see the posts on my Facebook timeline. However, my Facebook friends are only a small part of my Facebook followers. The easy way to expand your reach on Facebook is...
By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
Comments 0
Pensacola, Florida: Homes in Pensacola For Sale, Buyers Rebates, Free Foreclosure List of Homes in Pensacola, Pace and Gulf Breeze Florida. Homebuyer turn-ons and turn-offs
 Many buyers like open floor plans, updated kitchens and hardwood floors, while odors, dirty bathrooms and overflowing close...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 89
What's a stupid counter offer?   Folks let's get this right up front - every real estate offer situation is different but when it comes to counter offers some are wise and well advised and some are flat out stupid.  I ran across a stupid counter offer the other day. In fact it was probabl...
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 58
Should You Share Scuttlebutt About the Neighborhood with Your Seller? In the last few weeks I have had cases where I  have heard things said about the neighborhoods in which I have listings. These are not factual statements and are more an opinion or conjecture. However as you can imagine these r...
By Debe Maxwell, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | Savvy + Company Real Estate)
Comments 23
Communication | Brevity vs. Brilliant Explication Success in this business truly boils down to mastering two key components of our jobs - beyond principles (honesty, integrity, etc.) -  1.  Impeccable 'Project Management' skills 2.  Excellent communication skills. Project (transaction) ma...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 14
This past weekend while showing houses my buyer and I decided to stop by a nearby Open House. Inside was the listing agent and several other people viewing the home. I introduced myself as a Realtor and let the other agent know that my buyers and I were going to take a look around. When we were d...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 11
The last few days of a transaction are critical! Communication is always important! I have found that often the last two days of a transaction can make the difference if you have a happy buyer or seller. Often times it makes the difference if you will get more referrals from the buyer or the sell...