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 Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
Comments 110
Get the "Monkey" off Your Back I attended a lecture by Terry Watson recently where we were encouraged to quit carrying around our clients, friends, and family's monkeys.  For instance, if the fascia wood on the exterior of a home was driving away potential clients for one of your listings, all be...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 15
Believe in Yourself “We must do that which we think we cannot.”  Eleanor Roosevelt 1884 - 1962, Former First Lady   As I see it. . . . . . . . Believe in yourself   You have to believe in yourself . . . . and when you believe yourself you will do what you believe you can do.   Don’t become distr...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 3
  Mail Three Thank You Notes Daily The Unfortunate side of this when 500 read it, two may do it   Who to? Former clients, Leads, People you know, People you talked with last week   Think about this, when was the last time or how often do you receive a personally addressed envelope, hand written i...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 1
  Asking questions (when done politely) is not rude   Do you recall reading this? Ask and you shall receive. We all know the reason for most problems in America and even the world is the lack of understanding of each other, a lack of communications.   When you go to the doctor, he or she does no...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 28
  Do you have your listening ears on?   I hear my son and his wife often say to their 2+ year old son, Hudson, “Do you have your listening ears on?”  He immediately holds his hands to his ears and looks at them.  I love it!  But, so many of us need to be reminded in business to put our own listen...
By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - HOM Sotheby's Int'l Re
(HÔM Sotheby's International Realty, BRE License 01501912)
Comments 19
Are you considering purchasing a Newport Beach home? Then you should hire an independent inspector and get your own home inspection. If you aren't sure who to hire, then ask your Realtor for a list of recommended home inspectors! As part of the purchase process, it is your right as a buyer to per...
By Mark Horan, "The Resident Chef" - Resident Team Realty LLC &
(Resident Team Realty, LLC & Toni's Property Management LLC)
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  If you have investment property in Florida, landlording can be a very financially rewarding endeavor. If you do it right, it is a fantastic way to generate passive income from your investments with a low level of involvement. If you do it wrong, you’ll probably endure lots of headaches and los...
By Janis Borgueta, LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 )
Comments 10
HOMEOWNERS TAKE NOTE! DANGER IN WINTER!   While the monster blizzard of 2015 Juno passed my part of Orange County NY, we are not without some snow on the ground. It is important to remember that snow, even in small amounts is a problem for showing a property. During the winter months as a homeown...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 4
The price of inaction is enormous  and is paid for over a lifetime . Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments.       Both Success and Inaction Comes With a Price “We must all suffer from one of two pains; the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipli...
By Brenda Mayette
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Comments 8
The gas tank was full, as was the k-cup supply.  My mind was realing with many tasks that would be perfect to complete. We were ready!  For??  Well... Tuesday.  Just another Tuesday.  The big storm missed us.  The forecast was for 16+ inches.   Nope... not even an inch. How does this relate to re...
By William Piotrowski
Comments 1
  How to be Amazing Give more than is requiredLearn as much as you canBe strong and courageousSpeak and live your truthBe true to your valuesResist mediocritySeek to inspire othersLove wholeheartedly.    
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 5
These issues seem to come up more in the District of Columbia than in other jurisdictions.  Lise's buyer was very lucky to have an agent with a law degree who understands in the ins and outs of transferring property.  This is indeed a cautionary tale that we can learn from. This is a cautionary t...
By William Piotrowski
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  Questions to Ask When Making a Decision1. What is holding me back from going ahead and making the decision?2. What is my biggest fear?3. What will my life be like if things turn out badly?4. What will my life be like if things go exactly as I hope?5. Who else is affected by my decision, and wh...
By Jonathan Dupree*, The Real Estate Professional
(Keller Williams Realty Red Stick Partners)
Comments 4
I love the quote from John Maxwell, "Work harder on yourself than you do on your business."  Each quarter I create a personal growth plan.  These are the 3 books I am currently reading. What's on your reading list?   Charge and Win, Jonathan Dupree
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 2
Every so often, we like to take a look to see what Tallahassee Realtors have been doing. Obviously, the Tallahassee real estate blog focuses on home sales in and around Tallahassee, but we rarely break it down to a level that lets our reader see what the average Realtor in Tallahassee is selling....
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
Comments 9
White Lies ot Save Face?    This past Monday I ended up with a flat tire. My networking group meeting started at 7:30 am and I saw that my tire was low, but figured I'd be okay at 9 to visit the dealership to have them fix it.  Well that didn't pan out and AAA ended up swapping it out for my spar...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 11
This is a cautionary tale. I am representing the buyer in the purchase of a four story condo that is a bit unconventional in its legal structure.  The property actually is being conveyed via the transfer of two deeds - one for the upper three floors and a second separate deed for the lower level....
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Nick & Cindy Davis are in the Top 1% of all agents on Trulia We've been awarded as a Top Agent on Trulia! Check out our profile. http://www.trulia.com/profile/Nick_and_Cindy_Davis         
By Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea
Comments 5
How many times have I dealt with buyers and sellers and their agents who are trying to keep something from me and, in the end, the truth will always come out. Real estate agents these days have a way of finding out pretty much anything about a property. And sometimes even our own clients will try...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 4
The Shortest Listing I Ever Had It can be exciting to get a new listing and to work with a new seller. When the seller has been trying to sell a property for months it become a personal challenge to turn things around and offer solutions that will get the job done and the property closed. Many of...