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 June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Century 21 New Millenium)
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Are Criminal Background Checks Important When Screening Tenants? I am an investor myself and represent a lot of investors through the course of my business.  I help investors find properties to renovate and resell and renovate and hold.  Some of my investors self manage their rental properties an...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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    Lessons in Personal Change  Observations about various subject: must be Monday night and it must be my Monday night musings. The older I get the more I become philosophical. I am starting to understand the Captains of Industry and their thought process. The first half of their life  was all ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Turn the Page . . . . and Move On “It’s always been my philosophy: Turn the page. If something falls through, turn the page. It’s over with, get used to it, get on with it. Very simple. It’s always worked for me.” Merv Griffin 1925 – 2007, American TV Host, Musician, Actor, Media Mogul   As I see...
By RVA HomePRO Michael Hottman, Helping you achieve goals in life & real estate
(RVA HomePRO Realtor with RE/MAX Commonwealth serving Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfiled and Richmond, Virginia)
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More and more I see the topic of various disclosures come up in venues like Facebook groups, real estate magazines, and even in real estate classes I attend. One of the latest "what's hot, what's not" disclosures in the real estate industry is regarding Methamphetamine or more the more popular te...
By Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker - Let's Talk Atlanta Real Estate
(DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
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I put up my sign and installed my lockbox without a signed listing agreement.   I met with the seller on two occasions and we went over the process of selling a home, agreed on a sales price and hammered out the details for arranging showings. Now there's another agent calling me to come and take...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Doing More Than Expected “Your success in life will be in direct proportion to what you do after you do what you are expected to do.” Brian Tracy Self-Help Author and Motivational Speaker   As I see it . . . . . . . Doing more than expected   Doing what’s expected . . . . is operation in the stat...
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
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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 Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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A Short Week, Emergencies Grow in Urgency. Be respectful!   As we move into the holidays, we get to experience the joy and love of family and friends. Many of us get the opportunity to both travel to other homes as well as play host to visitors ourselves. There can be some stress involved with a...
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
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We all look for lawyers for advice (and closings in some states) but there are several kinds of lawyers you should get to know for leads. Of course, just as with any relationship you'll want to know how to make it a two-way street. I'll give you some tips here but each lawyer is different.  The o...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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Just what does that mean? Get in the zone! ...by getting out of it! Simple, if you want to take things to the next level, maybe get more appointments or listings, you need to get out and prospect for business.  Let's face it, there are too many realtors out there for business to just fall into yo...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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When business is not flowing steadily, agents seem to resort to extreme measures to maintain inventory.  For most agents, listings are the name of the game, and many agents will do whatever it takes to keep those shelves stocked. My team and I have a policy about listing property out of our area...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
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Put a SMILE on someone's face today, I dare ya!   The need to help new real estate agents is often just a question away. A few things I have learned: Open up, give more freely of industry knowledge and expect less for doing so.    I am simply saying...lend a hand when the opportunity presents its...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Quality of Your Customer Service is a Choice  “Great customer service has to come from the inside out. You cannot mandate it. You can’t threaten, reward, or coerce people to care. You can only awaken the desire and then give them the permission and encouragement to make it come  alive in thei...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Make Today a Great Day “I want you to get excited about who you are, what you are, what you have, and what can still be yours. I want to inspire you to see that you can go far beyond where you are right now.” Virginia Statir 1916 – 1988, American Author, Psychotherapist   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®)
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Can a relationship between a Broker and Client Exist without Written Agreement?   The answer to this question is YES in the state of Texas you can have a relationship between Broker and client without a written agreement. However a Broker cannot sue for a commission unless there is a written agre...
By Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Selling Daytona paradise for heavenly good prices
(Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408)
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We have an absolutely gorgeous two-bedroom condo in Wyndham Ocean Walk Resort in Daytona Beach. The unit is on the 24th floor of the North Tower, and the panoramic vistas are magnificent (check a short YouTube video/slideshow below). I received the call from the agent. He has a couple, who are he...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Be Prepared Go the Distance     “The real winners are not those at the top but those who have come the farthest over the toughest roads. Your victory may never make headlines. But you will know about it, and that’s what counts.” Ernest A. Fitzgerald     As I see it. . . . . . . . Be prepared to g...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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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 Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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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 Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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A few days ago, I had a conversation with an agent about Christmas cards. She has very professionally produced Christmas cards each year. You know the ones. We all get them from our bank, our insurance company, even the vendors we do business with. Some of these cards may even be hand-signed--pro...