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 Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 45
 Recently While Showing Houses I Noticed  Recently while showing houses I noticed the houses were owned by Real Estate agents .  These facts were not discovered before showing the property.  I discovered ownership either while showing or after .  I am aware in every state Real Estate  laws vary a...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 37
Angry Agents: What to do?  If you have been in this business for any period of time you have probably run into an angry agent.  Quite often they have been around for a long time and will tell you so immediately.  These are people who have grown up in the days when no agent was your friend, when n...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 12
  Market conditions are different everywhere...and yes...we do know that "it only takes one" buyer and the house is sold.  For a long time....with a glut of homes on the market, time was better spent in other ways..Sellers less interrupted....and for us...Open Houses....during this time, were "cl...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
An Optimist Will  Go for It “If you are talented, you can really do anything. And if your heart is at the right place and you have the passion for it, you can go for it and do it. Heidi Klum, German Model, Television Host, Businesswoman, Fashion Desirer, Film Producer, Actress   As I see it . . ...
By Inna Ivchenko, Los Angeles / Valley Homes
(Mannis Real Estate Group)
Comments 9
The California Association of Realtors conducted a survey to determine if staging a home increase its sales price. Home stagers and real estate agents are teaming up more and more to give turnkey service to the seller, staging a listing  to help a buyer see it as a home. Staging makes a house loo...
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 48
Agents Who Text  . . . Pretty Sloppy Record Keeping If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times . . . real estate is not only about location, location, location.  For the real estate practioner, real estate is about another "L" word: Legal, Legal, Legal! The practice of representing a cli...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 8
Inna's question is one I think most home sellers ask themselves. Is it worth the money? Is it worth the effort?  Home staging never made it to our small town while I was licensed, so I have no personal experience to draw on. Shoot, sometimes it seemed like we were lucky to convince sellers to mak...
By Dana Hollish Hill, Vice President & Associate Broker
(Buyer's Edge Company, Inc.)
Comments 7
I've recently read several articles discussing the way home buyer behaviors have changed. Many of these articles focus on millennials because they are quickly becoming the largest block of home buyers.  So what is the deal with these millennials?  They prefer properties with metropolitan walkabil...
By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Comments 56
I met with a couple and went over all the issues to be concerned about when selling. Disclosures, certifications, water tests, just to name a few. When I called a couple of days later...I was told by the seller that I was wrong...He didn't have to have the septic certified. Who told you that? My ...
By Richie Alan Naggar author PEARLS FOR THE SOUL .com books, Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose + Real Estate too?
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
Comments 7
I have had this happen to me three to five times in my Real Estate career where my client or principal has just as much or more savvy as to what we needed to get done and why as I did. It was awkward for me to have to switch hats from always being on point to carrying out specific instructions re...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 17
Doing What’s Right is a Choice “There is always a choice to do what’s right.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . . . Doing what’s right is a choice    You make choices everyday . . . . some small . . . . and some that...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 119
 Instructions say two hours notice I am trying to set up appointments for properties Sometimes companies that have these properties listed have appointment centers . That is good I have had wonderful experiences with them . Many times you can set up your appointment on line . This allows you the ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 6
With a Sense of Purpose and Direction “Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States    As I see it . . . . . . . With a sense of purpose and direction   Your life needs a sense of purpose and a direction to know what path ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
New Business Opportunities “A man to carry on a successful business must have imagination. He must see things a in a  vision, a dream of the whole thing.” Charles M. Schwab 1862 - 1939, American Steel Magnate   As I see it . . . . . . .   New business opportunities   The flexible people of the w...
By Wanda Fears, ABR CRS GRI SFR WCR
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
Comments 0
       Its finally here! My Lunch and Learn is happening this coming Wednesday, 12pm at Nachos Mama’s on Boulevard.  I get to answer all your questions about anything real estate that you’ve been dying to know, while eating delicious Mexican food.  What could be better?  Come join the Richmond B...
By The Williams Team, 985.727.7168 www.TheWilliamsTeam.com
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
Knowing the difference between hard and soft skills sets is very important; just as important as possessing them. Hard skills are certain skill sets and knowledge that you need in order to execute the duties of your role and fulfill your responsibilities. Soft skills are the specific qualities t...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
Comments 20
Today, I was reminded how building strong  client relationships is mutually beneficial. I was on my way to a showing. I was almost there and heard a funny noise coming from the rear of my car. At first, I thought it was a possible flat tire but then I remembered I had just replaced my tires four ...
I opened my Facebook this morning and saw same old Realtors posting links to their Blogs, Posts where they helped their Clients, more information about their neighborhood, Videos that they shot of their new listings, pics with happy clients, and much more. I would say out of 100% updates that I s...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
Spark Your Thinking and Ignite Your Imagination “Limitations lives only in our minds. But if we use our imagination our possibilities become limitless.” Jamie Paolinetti, Author and Cycling Professional   As I see it . . . . . . . Spark your thinking and ignite your imagination   Your possibilit...
By Susan Nealey, No Pressure! Ever!
(Trident Homes Realty)
Comments 13
I don't know about other agents, but I got tired of trying to find a card to give someone.  It seemed as if I were always "fresh out."  Problem solved!  Take one!  Just don't take the big one!  And, it works!