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 Jeffrey Jones, AZ Home Seekers, azhomeseekers.com
(AZ Home Seekers)
Comments 39
In this business we learn early that we have to get along with other agents. This is one of the few professions where we compete for listings and market share , but need to work cooperatively to get properties shown and offers accepted. But some agents just just don't get it. It's amazing how muc...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 43
When Google says, “Jump”, do you say how high?  Or, do you question their authority?  We are referring to the new edict Google has put forth that websites should be “mobile friendly” before April 21st, 2015, or else!  Or else, what? If you are concerned that your luxury real estate website will n...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 19
Choices are Your Stepping Stones Into the Future “Your choices are your stepping stones into the future. They will determine the path you follow andthe destination that you arrive at.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it. . . . . . . ....
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 14
Achieving Your Goals and Objectives“Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of.”Charles Richards, Canadian Judge and Politician  As I see it . . . . . . .Achieving your goals and objective The world will pass you by . . . . when you’re content to c...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 16
 A Roadmap for a Successful Career  “The roadmap for a successful career is having written goals and in using your goals to guild your success journey with a purpose.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it . . . . . . .A roadmap for a su...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Real Estate Broker, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 102
Laminate Flooring with Formaldehyde - Questions to consider NOW   Today I met with the directors of Southwestern School of Real Estate. They've asked me to create a disclosure class  and we talked about current local topics that are creating 'disclosure' issues in the Phoenix Metro Area.  Our dis...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 15
Lift Your Thoughts “We lift ourselves by our thoughts. We climb upon our vision of ourselves. If you want to enlarge your life,you must first enlarge your thoughts of it and of yourself. Hold the ideal of yourself  as you long to be,always everywhere.”Orison Swett Marden, American Writer  As I se...
By Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker ABR, GRI
(Coldwell Banker Coast)
Comments 5
In Oregon we use Escrow company's that collect the money and record the transfer with the County. Then the proceeds are divided and paid out. this would include Title fees back taxes, commissions and anything else to make a clear title before giving the Seller their proceeds.After signing it usua...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor, Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 14
Why Be An Independent BrokerI've finally done it! I've separated from all corporate brokerages and become an Independent Real Estate Broker.  I earned my Broker's License in 2009 and have been thinking about this move ever since. Now I wonder what took me so long. It took me some time to realize ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 7
Innovators Are the Pacesetters“Innovators are the pacesetters . . . . they will step out of the box and into the possibility zone to achieve what others may only dream about.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Tips, Speaker, Trainer and Author As I see it . . . . . . . .Innovator...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 13
Your Choices Determines the Direction of Your Future“When you wake up every day, you have two choices.You can either be positive or negative; an optimist or pessimist. I choose to be an optimist. It’s all a matter of perspective.”Harvey Mackay, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker,Author, Syndicate...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
The Person That Adapts to Change the Quickest“Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt only by being open to change will you have a true opportunity to get the most from your talent.”Nolan Ryan, Hall of Fame Baseball Player   As I see it . . . . . . . .The person that adapts to change the q...
By Barbara Le Pine, S & W Real Estate, Newport OR
(S & W Real Estate, serving Lincoln County)
Comments 4
 A reminder to my fellow agents, please don't drive while distracted by your telephone. This ghost bike was spotted in the city of Albany, Oregon. It only takes a split second of distraction to cause an accident out on the road. The sign below was eerie in proximity to the memorial ghost bike, wh...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 5
Identifying Yourself As REALTORS ®, we are held by a Code of Ethics that is unwavering.Article 12 of the Code of Ethics states that all REALTORS ® must “ensure that their status as real estate professionals is readily apparent…” This holds true for all communications including advertisements and ...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 3
A lot of truth in those words Lou!Thanks for sharing the wisdom.Bob   A Roadmap for a Successful Career  “The roadmap for a successful career is having written goals and in using your goals to guild your success journey with a purpose.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, ...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 24
Jim Wants to Buy My House . . . The letter began, "Dear Carla" and went on with a nice introductory: "My name is Jim L**man, and my wife Sheree and I have an interest in purchasing your home located at 4915 SW 141st Ave." The letter was typed out very neatly in a business block format on very fin...
By James Lowenstern, Castles Unlimited. Newton MA Real Estate
(Castles Unlimited®)
Comments 0
Ben Kinney, a successful Real Estate professional from Bellingham, WA, talks to Jim and Diana about how creating a positive environment can set you up for success in all aspects of your life.Jim notes that he saw an interview of Ben previously where Ben talked about creating a positive environmen...
By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Ultimate)
Comments 6
      The Spring Home Buying Season is the time of year that has home buyers and home sellers alike excited!            For Buyers, it’s a great time to purchase a home because the school year is coming to an end and residents have all summer to move before it’s back in session. For Sellers, it’...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 23
The  next time you become aware of someone who has experienced a difficult situation.....go beyond a comment ..pick up a pen....send a card....if you are moved you might send a gift. ....the money spent is not important..the extra step you took  ...is. You can't always be there to extend a hand, ...
By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
Comments 16
Usually, there is a speaker for the hour long main segment.   This month, there were 3 Roundtables, and the audience spent 20 minutes at each table. Home Depot's regional managers spoke of "More Savings & More Doing with Traction Members" as a result of the bonus benefits which Traction REIA memb...