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 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 William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Comments 50
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 Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 32
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 Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 16
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 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 The Williams Team, 985.727.7168 www.TheWilliamsTeam.com
(Keller Williams Realty)
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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 Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 10
  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 Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 117
 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 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 Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
Comments 18
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 Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 8
 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 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 Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
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  Today I am going to remind my friends and contacts what I do for a living. It my monthly calendar reminder. Real Estate conversations happen everyday in every community. I can't be everywhere but I do have friends and contacts who know me and what I do. I just want to remind them that it is ok...
By Rene Fabre, New Media Marketing
(First American Title)
Comments 11
I watched a TEDx talk a few months ago given by Sally Kohn, “Don’t like clickbait? Don’t click.” Sally is a lawyer, political commentator, and CEO of Movement Vision Lab, a grassroots think tank. In this short conversation she makes some big points that I continue to think about. In this age we’r...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 13
      In Wisconsin, there is a specific window of time written in an offer to purchase during which the Buyer(s) will do their home inspection and any other testing that they name in the offer...most usually a radon test.  The homes are occupied with families...children, pets etc.      With divor...
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)
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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 Inna Ivchenko, Los Angeles / Valley Homes
(Mannis Real Estate Group)
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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 Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 5
  Try it...continued contact is essential in building a long-term relationship, not a one shot deal! Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments.   Social Capital is the international currency of networking Marjorie Tinnell, with Independence Title, in Austin TX presented a wonde...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 156
Oh how easy it is to say “cut that client loose” but how often will an agent actually practice that action.  It’s not as easy to do as it is to say!!!  Yet, there are times when it needs to be done immediately. The longer one waits to make the decision to “break free” of the “chains that bind yo...