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 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 Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 15
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 4
    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 Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
(REALTY ONE GROUP - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 702.443.7156 )
Comments 16
  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 Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 14
Know any good agents?   While meeting a mortgage lender in the next office suite, he asked my name and told me he knew a mutual aquaintance. Being new to the area, he asked him if he knew any good, experienced agents in the southern Utah area. He happened to mention my name.   This is not a boast...
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...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 12
Lou makes such an excellent point in this blog post. So many people confuse activity with progress and they are not the same thing. You can run circles around a room all day and be busy but you never actually went anywhere.  Are You Busy or Proactive? “Busy can be like sitting on a rocking horse ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 7
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 16
Are You Busy or Proactive? “Busy can be like sitting on a rocking horse and going as fast you can go . . . . and when you get off the rocking horse your in the same place you start without meaningful forward progress. Being proactive is getting down to business with the purpose of creating succes...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 1
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 Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 6
A Logjam “Deal first with whatever is causing you the greatest emotional distress. Often this will break the logjam in your work and free you up mentally to complete (the) other task.” Brian Tracy, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker     As I see it. . . . . . . . A logjam     We all have at o...
By Azmi Alkurd, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Lifestyles
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Lifestyles)
Comments 4
         Being that all of us here on Activerain are blogging and bloggers, I thought it would be good to share some valuable information regarding Copyright Infringement.  Copyright law is very complex and has been expanded through the decades to accommodate new forms of publication, including a...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 31
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 Dave Hill PhD,ePro,SFR,CIAS,BPOR,CNE,CSC Chicago Area Real Estate Agent
(Midwest Premier Realty, Gurnee IL 224-321-0699)
Comments 3
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 Michelle Spalding
(Transaction Management Consultants)
Comments 6
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 Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
Comments 7
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 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 1
Ha! My oldest daughter and her family recently moved to Austin from Laguna Beach. Talk about a culture shock. Albeit they do love Texas and will probably make it their permanent home for a lot of reasons the dare not tell anyone where they're from as they've come to find out that Texans don't car...
By Kelly Hagglund, SW Portland Real Estate Expert
(The Kelly Group)
Comments 37
   The same issue comes up every year around this time. Sellers will call me and asks if we should take their home off the market for the holidays. Why? Because they want to celebrate a religious holiday, to decorate their home and enjoy the season. And I know many brokers would give advice not t...
By Jeffrey Stevens, Jeffrey Stevens Realtor®/Associate Broker
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 7
When Buyer Met Seller If you're a Real Estate professional, you probably just shuttered a bit. A buyer and a seller meeting face to face? No!! Most Real Estate professionals will tell you it is not a good idea, but it does happen from time to time. Today I was pulling up to a house that I was abo...
By Emily Rose Newmark
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 2
As you can see from this visual, millennial home buyers want answers and they want them now!    I think this is true for ALL human beings who are buying or selling a home.   More often than not, the purchase or sale of a property will be one of the largest financial transactions a person will com...