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 Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 56
I've read a few blogs recently where the authors have been critical of the way some agents practice real estate.   They're ranting about how inefficient these practices are, how lame they appear to be, and how desperate these agents come across.  Last week I walked in on a new agent on my team.  ...
By Mike & Eve Alexander, Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers
(Buyers Broker of Florida )
Comments 110
Holding an open house should be solely for the benefit of promoting the sellers property.  It should not be used for the purpose of snagging buyers so that you can show them a better deal down the street.   Here are some helpful hints:   1. The consumer that comes through the door at your open h...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 43
Waiting and wondering creates stress - you can help alleviate it. Most of us have traveled enough to have experienced the dreaded airline "delay." We rush to the airport, rush through security, rush to the gate, only to see crowds of people waiting for the plane. An easy and smart way for airline...
By Sheila Cox, Sugar Land Real Estate Agent
(www.SugarLandTxHome.com)
Comments 9
  There are other keyword phrase tools out there, but since Google is the most used search engine, I recommend using Google tools. You can use Google’s Keyword Planner to research the most common keyword phrases and to see what are the best keyword phrases in your area. Here are the phrases to ch...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 7
Zillow thinks I am in Iowa, but First Weber seems to get it Right. I have been searching for real estate for several decades, always on the hunt for properties. Back in the pre-internet days you would find me checking out the classifieds in every paper that crossed my path. Now with the blessing ...
By John DL Arendsen, Contractor, RE Brk, Factory Built Home Dealer/Devl
(ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
Comments 2
How Many of Us Have To Deal With Clients Who Are Transitioning?   I'd Like to introduce a gentleman I met a few years ago who owns the San Diego Franchise for Caring Transitions. I met him as a result of looking into this as a franchise opportunity inasmuch as we work with so many Seniors in Manu...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 7
New Home Buyers?  It Pays To Preview. Loudoun County, VA. 800-711-7988. With New Home buyers coming to town in a couple of weeks, I'm preparing them for the market here in Loudoun County by: 1.  Qualifying them to focus zero in on their safe price range.2.  Previewing new home communities with ho...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 5
Getting off Track “I may find yourself getting off tract, but I will never be lost when my life has direction.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it. . . . . . . . Getting off track   Your success journey may be long . . . . and it ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 3
Unchecked Procrastination Becomes a Roadblock “Everything you could have been, all the accolades you could a have won and all the achievements that have been nagging at your mind until now, didn’t happen for one reason only you procrastinated.” Nisandeh Neta, Author, Speaker     As I see it. . . ...
By Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® 512-587-5689, Your Cedar Park & Leander, REALTOR®
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR®)
Comments 30
Who are our Home Buyers Today?    Understanding where our buyers come from helps us develop systems to better understand how to work with a particular mindset.   What do buyers want? What motivates them to buy from us? Figuring out what persuades and motivates potential home buyers is a key facto...
By Sheila Cox, Sugar Land Real Estate Agent
(www.SugarLandTxHome.com)
Comments 9
  Four Choices for Obtaining a Real Estate Website There are four ways you can get your primary website: 1.      Use the broker-provided website (if any) 2.      Purchase a pre-made template website from a website company 3.      Create your own website yourself in Wordpress 4.      Hire a web de...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 7
What You Will - Will Be “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine  what  you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” George Bernard Shaw, Irish Playwright   As I see it. . . . . . . . What you will – will be     Your will is the internal force that pu...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 32
We recently read a book that mentioned the importance of turning off all your devices to create a feeling of well being and serenity in one’s life, or to just lower your blood pressure.  It is so important that Silicon Valley firms including Google employees practice this get away from digital l...
By Randy Kirsch, (NMLS# 1012303)
(Right Trac Financial Group, Inc., NMLS# 2709)
Comments 0
In a recent opinion issued by the Court of Appeals of the State of California in the case of Lin v. Coronado  it appears that a scam was revealed that arose out of a purchase of property at a trustee's sale.  Ms. Lin put up $150,000 in a "partnership" with River Forest Financial LLC ("River Fores...
By Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent
(Cherry Creek Properties, LLC)
Comments 43
It's Time to Revive an Old ActiveRain Group! After a great ActiveRain contest many years ago (February 2011, to be exact), I started a new ActiveRain Group, Never Ask The Same Question Twice (NATSQT). You know as well as I do that consumers have questions. Some times they'll search for answers on...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 2
Feng Shui Cranston Rhode Island Consultations with Laura Cerrano     Welcome, my name is Laura Cerrano CEO and founder of Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island a family owned and operated consulting firm founded in 1997.  I take a multi-dimensional approach which cohesively blends several methods of F...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
Comments 16
Grateful and Showing It! Today, while catching up reading posts on Facebook, I came upon one that made me stop and think. The writer of the post was remembering the two year anniversary of his mother's passing.  He expanded on the post by including a personal remembrance from his father.  His fat...
By Cy Phillips
(Remax Innovations)
Comments 3
Make floor planning easy   As a real estate professional, you work with floor plans everyday. Therefore you know how much time and effort it takes to make a great floor plan. With Floorplanner you can start making excellent floor plans in an easy and intuitive way, right away.                   C...
By ActiveRain Real Estate Network
(ActiveRain)
Comments 44
We are pleased to announce major improvements to the Question & Answer site on ActiveRain! The Q&A site is a place where real estate agents and other industry pros can ask their colleagues questions that will help them work smarter and live better. ActiveRain is all about community, and this is a...
By John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 31
Lessons learned form a Hall of Fame Goalie - Dominik Hasek - As a huge hockey fan I enjoy watching the Colorado Avalanche play, and I really appreciate the talent at the NHL level.  It amazes me so much how these athletes can fly around the ice at 25 miles and hour, stop or turn on a dime and the...