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 Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
Comments 38
I had a colleague point out that sometimes the leads we get are "D" quality.  They're the ones that enter "Joe Schmoe" for a name and "650-555-1212" as their number.  In my "Six Lists" training, these would be a "C-"!  This consumer wants the information, just without giving you the chance at con...
By Shannon Shimabukuro
(Market Leader (now Trulia), Senior Trainer)
Comments 6
How in the world can we go from making one of the months that historically is the most difficult to drum up business, one of the most lucrative?  Well, Seychelle Van Poole* does just that... in fact, her December is second only to July as far as the number of transactions she does.... so what's h...
By Agent Aaron Vaughn, REALTOR® Listing Specialist, The $500 Million Marketing Advantage
(Capitol Home Team | Austin TX)
Comments 124
Is murder of Beverly Carter a lesson for real estate agents? I hope so This is a "tough love" post. If you are overly sensitive, please move on. =) This morning, the inevitable became news: The body of Beverly Carter, kidnapped real estate agent, was found in a shallow grave. Within seconds, soci...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 24
Lunching With My Peeps!   Dick Greenberg from Fort Collins CO referred a lovely family to me last year looking to relocate to the Phoenix Metro Area. The family included Grandma, her daughter and son-in-law plus two very lively young boys.  The first day I met them we spent an afternoon looking a...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 10
The Secret to Success with John Maxwell   I am a big fan of John Maxwell, he is not only a very spiritual man but he is also a much respected authority on the subject of Leadership, which I will be touching upon in a few blogs this week.   In the video below John is speaking at the success sympos...
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Comments 53
A recent article with safety suggestions for real estate agents reminded me of one of the dumbest things I did as a real estate newbie over twenty years ago.  I showed a vacant house with no power to a perfect stranger at night by flashlight.  His wife was to accompany him but he showed up alone...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 6
Hello Podcast Fans, How many of you when you hear the name, Feng Shui think of interior design? Our guest today is Laura Cerrano whose modality is Feng Shui Healing. Those who are aware of Feng Shui, most think of this as "interior design", not as a healing modality. Laura opens up the world of F...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 30
“Giving and Receiving Referrals, One of the topics in our Upcoming Social Media Marketing Seminar”   I set my yearly goals for the number of referrals that I give out to referral partners. I know that most folks will focus on getting referral business, actually we all do, but giving referrals is ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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You Grow as Big As Your Dreams “We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in a soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening. Some of us let these dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through the bad days till they bring th...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 106
In the Wake of Tragedy, the Real Estate Community is Beside Itself Waking up this morning and having the story of murdered real estate agent Beverly Carter, my heart sank for her friends and family.  It is horrifying to think of the evil that lurks in our world.   And as expected, the real estate...
By Mike & Eve Alexander, Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers
(Buyers Broker of Florida )
Comments 4
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 Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 11
We all know that word-of-mouth is the best form of advertising. So, why do some luxury real estate marketing professionals get more than others?  The answer boils down to one word. Those that spark buzz have ‘REMARK-ABILITY”!     While it has been proven time and again that many more negative re...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
You Can Measure Ambitious Goals “The value of an ambitious goal is not measured by what it will bring to you. The worth of the goal is measured by what it will make of you in the process of following and attracting it.” Mother Teresa 1910 – 1997, Roman Catholic Religious Sister   As I see it . . ...
By Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books, on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
Comments 10
Here it is short and sweet. I have done these two faithfully over the years and it is when you don't do them, things may go south. They are considered to be good habits for those that are on the move. If you do multiple-tasking like I do or you move with a purpose, then these two will serve you w...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 12
Things Money Can’t Buy “If all the gold in the world were melted down into a solid cube, it would be about the size of an eight room house. If a man got possession of all that gold–billions of dollars worth – he could not buy a friend, character, peace of mind, clear conscious or a sense of etern...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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Going Above and Beyond a Past Client Needs Help    I had just got home from root canal on my tooth . My whole face was numb . I am not brave when it comes to the dentist ;but this was really not as bad as I had expected . I had just laid down to rest and I received a call from a man who was frant...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 4
Is it okay to Have the Headboard Between Two Windows on a Wall?   This is a great qestion. If you have a small space between the walls that allows your bed to be placed and your head does not fall in alignment with the windows, that can be an exception to the arrangment. Feng Shui says to have a ...
By Bridget McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(Corridor Mortgage Group 410-960-2061)
Comments 0
Thinking that it's time to take a break since the holidays are almost upon us?  The stores have had Christmas decorations in since August, must be getting close! Some agents and lenders (not to mention buyers and sellers) think that everyone takes a break from real estate during the holidays.  Th...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 12
I love this post by Chris Ann Cleland.  She does a great job of describing her definition of motivation and I agree 100%.  This post is great food for thought.  Enjoy... Motivation:  Actions Speak Louder Than Words Motivation is a word that is stuck in my head today.  On any given day I have exam...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 6
Successful People Attract Prosperity “Successful people make money. It’s not that people who make money become successful, but that successful people attract money. They bring success  to what they do.” Wayne Dyer, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . . . Successful peo...