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!

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By Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte
(Savvy + Company Real Estate)
Comments 108
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 Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 60
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 Steven Schafer, CDPE, SFR, ABR, SRES
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Comments 4
Is The Newspaper Dead?   Here are some facts that will set up the blog post. Since 1990 newspaper readership has declined by 24,000,000 while the population has grown by 69,000,000. There are 69 million more potential readers but here are the numbers for Sunday readership. In 1990, 60 million peo...
By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
Comments 0
Hello & Welcome to Another Great week in October, 2014! Wow… time is flying by as it will be Christmas before you know it but, more importantly the end of the fourth and final quarter is coming us quickly as well. Here are some great events for your business coming up THIS WEEK to get connected, ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 14
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 Courtney Parham
Comments 30
The summer has officially slipped into fall, the kiddos are back in school and the weather is starting to cool off. As the weather cools off, often times so do agents' real estate businesses and pipelines. According to Dr. Lawrence Yun that decline on average over the past 15 years has been 16.4 ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
A Key Essential For Setting Goals “The major reason for setting of goals is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value then what you get.” Jim Rohn 1930 – 2009, American Entrepreneur, Author, Motivational Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . ....
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Comments 6
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 John DL Arendsen, Contractor, RE Brk, Factory Built Home Dealer/Devl
(ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
Comments 1
What Is A Power of Attorney?   In the real estate world today with an ever increasing numbr of senior citizens it is not unusual to find yourself as a client in a position where you must intrust and/or rely on your REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL to act and make decisions on your behalf.    In general t...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
All Things Become Possible “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for these who believe.” Gail Devers, Runner   As I see it. . . . . . . . All things become p...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
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 Bill Lauler, Real Estate Broker,CIPS,ABR,SRES,CRB,GRI,EPRO
( Annie Lauler Corp/Chase realty)
Comments 4
     In the future ,when someone opens a door for you..just say thank you! I cannot tell you how many people I have opened doors for that would run you over if given the chance. Most of them are of the younger generation as if they have no manners or do not know how to interact with the public.  ...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
Comments 0
Round robin of blog posting, that is what happens if your platforms are targeting, aimed at different audience market segments.And with different goals and theme that get blogged about on a regular basis. Your buyer, seller, all the surfers looking for information out in the real estate audience ...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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Both Ron and I passed by these flowers and took a step back to admire.  We said the word "Wow" together! Isn't amazing how colors can inspire and change one's mood?  We loved this quote, by Allen Klein, "Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world.  Constantly color your picture...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 30
Fred Griffin wrote an article recently about "Should Real Estate Agents Carry a Gun?"  His discussion makes a very good point - if you can't use it, don't carry it. With the recent tragic murder of a real estate agent there has been much written about the importance of real estate agent safety.  ...
By Larry Johnston, Real Estate Broker
(Associate Broker, Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Comments 1
With the increased interest in Meth, we are discovering more homes becoming meth houses.  There are investors that are buying up homes and renting them out, only to find out a year later the renters were manufacturing Meth.  Now the home-owner is stuck with a problem home.  Many of us are just le...
By Hella M. Rothwell, Real Estate Broker/Owner in Carmel-by-the-Sea CA
Comments 16
About a year ago, I changed my main real estate brokerage office from Crescent City to Carmel-by-the-Sea here in California. After I formally made the address change with the California Real Estate Commission, I went to all my websites, blogs and social media of note to update the office address....
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...