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 Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 59
BROOM CLEAN isn't quite as simple as it may appear to the average consumer buyer or seller. Inspired by "Broom Clean" by Jay Markanich. For clarity, many contracts provide for "Broom clean and free of debris". Just what does it mean and who manages compliance with that clause in the Contract of S...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 71
    6 Most Dangerous Everyday Situations in Real Estate The Real Estate Industry is reeling from the recent murder of Beverly Carter, a real estate agent in Arkansas, and the string of attacks on real estate professionals. Meeting new clients, showing properties, holding open houses, letting stra...
By Bob Ratliff, RE/MAX-CC, Cedar Park & Leander, REALTOR® 512-587-5689, Your Cedar Park Real Estate Consultant, REALTOR®
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR®)
Comments 62
Advertising new listings and not putting them on the MLS. What is the risk?   When real estate markets become "HOT" and multiple offers are common practice as here in Austin many REALTOR'S® will advertise new listings as "coming soon" prior to listing on the MLS. Many of these homes are escrowed ...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Comments 4
Israel Damien - Great Painter in Lower Fairfield County Israel has been with us for painting inside and outside our home for probably 20 years or more, but has been exclusively helping us with our clients  at Dagny's Real Estate for as long as we have had our doors open.   Israel always goes abov...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 4
Communications Skills Are Acquired    “Communications is a skill that you can learn.  It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.” Brian Tracy, Motivational Author and Speaker   As I see it . . . . . . . Co...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 22
“I Have a Full House on Linkedin”   Top Skills 99+FHA 99+Mortgage Lending 99+Refinance 99+Investment Properties 99+First Time Home Buyers 99+USDA 99+Loans 99+Real Estate 99+Residential Homes 99+Real Estate Transactions     To say that Linkedin brings a lot of business my way would be an understat...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 9
Advertising warning for Maryland real estate licensees   The Maryland Real Estate Commission has issued the following warning to real estate licensees. Real estate agents and their brokers need to take great care with the wording of their advertisements to assure compliance with the regulations o...
By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County
(Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts Real Estate)
Comments 3
  Michael Hottman provides some great information on Meth Labs to help educate not only AR members but parents as well.. Please read it may help you understand some things the kids are doing today!     More and more I see the topic of various disclosures come up in venues like Facebook groups, re...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 1
Every week I pick 10 posts that I think that could use a second look, a little more exposure, or that are so good that I want all my friends to have a chance to experience it. This week is no exception and it has been a challenge to narrow the list down to 10, I hope that you enjoy these along wi...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 3
Real Estate Agents are considered as....well, forget it, I don't want to and like to mention it. However, sometimes, you end up saying your Real Estate Agent sucks because.... Read this re-blog from Jennifer Monroe. I’m not the kind of girl to disparage others. I know how hard those of us practic...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
Comments 9
Lou's post this morning is such a good one..   If you dwell on the past, they are allowing the past you to be the present you.  We should be planning the future and looking to it so that the present you becomes the future you.  Life keeps moving down that line and the present you becomes the past...
By David Dion
(Solutions Real Estate)
Comments 80
I Will Not Give Up Any Of My Commission   I have been in real estate for over 10 years, starting with a very successful personal real estate business, then forming The Valley Solutions Team that still closes between 100 - 200 deals per year, and founding Solutions Real Estate, with almost 400 age...
By Fred Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
Comments 258
      I pulled a gun on a man one night.  I fired a shot at the ceiling. I was prepared to fire a second shot, at the man.  More on that in a moment.    What about you?  Could you shoot and kill a person if your life was at stake?  The recent tragedy involving Beverly Carter has been a reality ch...
By Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte
(Savvy + Company Real Estate)
Comments 107
I’m not the kind of girl to disparage others. I know how hard those of us practicing Real Estate work! But I can hardly shush my ‘tsk-tsk’s’ when I encounter Real Estate agents who just don’t ‘get’ it. Some are merely 'old school', refusing to adapt. Others are just plain burnt out, and it’s all ...
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)
Comments 60
    Don’t Apologize Again, I Don’t Believe You. Change your ways!   We all make mistakes, we are human and we are not perfect. I am more than understanding of this and work at accepting this and help to make things right and move on. Think about your own experiences, how many times have you helpe...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 84
There Really is an App for That!   It's called RESPECT!     What did people do before smart phones? Call me old school but I happen to feel it is extremely rude and disrespectful when people are with someone and they are buried in their smart phone and ignoring the person they are with. For me, t...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 43
Looking back to the inception of social media, we pause to evaluate its meaning today.  In our title, we paraphrased the quote from Alice in Wonderland, “What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversation? ”   We substituted social media for the book, to illustrate that some of social m...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 10
I know. I'm as surprised as you are. But there really are only 10 weeks left in 2014 so it's definitely time to take a moment to reflect and another moment to make sure 2014 ends the way you want it to. Your assignment: Re-evaluate your 2014 goals and make a list of what needs to be done to achie...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 103
Casual Dress in the Office, Boy Has It Gotten Casual I have read a few posts lately about agent's dress when meeting clients and even about being just a little more spiffed up than the client. When these discussions come up, it makes me feel very dated and from the old school. I like traditions ...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 3
This just may be the best piece of advice you will receive all year   Now if you take this seriously and watch this now! you could even end up doubling your income in the next 12 months versus the past 12 months.   Just think, if I had heard this information many years ago when I began my sales c...