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 Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 99
Too often, I have read posts that touch upon the weaknesses in our profession.  Frequently, these weaknesses are attributed to the lack of formal education by many real estate agents, and it’s often suggested that an additional requirement of the candidate having an undergraduate degree be added...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 13
  One of the top issues keeping a Westchester NY entrepreneur up at night is how to get the team to work at peak performance.  Developing a high performing team means more sales, profits, and success for everyone on the team.  As everyone knows, an entrepreneur or broker needs to recruit good peo...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
Comments 0
Why would you spend $1,000 on buyer leads per month instead of spending $1,000 on seller leads per month? We believe many of our clients should SWITCH their marketing spend from buyer to seller side. There are a number of excellent new vendors. See below. Watch Videos Now - Short 2 Minutes Subsc...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
Ambitious Goals Stretch You to Do Your Best  “The value of an ambitious goal is not measured by what it will bring to you. The worth of a goal is measured by what it will make of you in the process of following and attaining it.” Ralph Marston, Professional Football Player 1929     As I see it. ....
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 2
What?  The Builder Dug A Sediment Pond On Our Lot?? Inspired by Jeffrey Stevens in his post about a drainage pond.Jeffrey tells of an experience with a "drainage pond".   I remember a doozy and this one involved a "SMOKING GUN".    Or, as I once heard a judge say, "the evidence is always in the d...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 5
  We told you about our favorite Nail Salon...CM Nail Spa in New Berlin...Cary is the owner who takes pride in your cuticles, matches every finger and digit, polishes each nail to perfection....adds a delicate design if you wish...always has the massage that makes the experience all that much mor...
By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com)
Comments 19
We are very fortunate that the Staff at Active Rain has made these wonderful blogging blueprints and templates to help us with our blogging efforts. I am planning to start using them on a regular basis, since time has become an issue lately. Have you noticed these blogging templates to the right ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
Procrastination Will Steal Your Time “Don’t procrastinate. Delays can make a job seem bigger than it really is - - and thinking about what you haven’t done steals time the job you have before you.” Bernice Strawn, Artist   As I see it . . . . . . . Procrastination will steal your time   Your day ...
By Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor
(Re/Max Professional Associates)
Comments 4
Do you know the four tests for highest and best use?  1. Legally permissible 2. physically possible 3. financially feasible 4. most profitable.  Why is this important to know?  You hold your self as a professional real estate agent.  When you are giving the owner of a property your opinion of val...
By Loreena Yeo, Realtor® | Frisco TX Community Ambassador
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.)
Comments 15
Then I first started my brokerage, 3:16 team REALTY in 2007. 2 months before I gave birth to my first born. I was perfectly happy being my own broker and minding my own world. I didn't want to be subjected to business models and business policies not in accordance to my values. In other words, I ...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 0
   In our market, most of the FOR SALE signs are mounted on a post and delivered to the property by a sign company that digs the hole with their equipment in the position directed by the listing agent. There may be temporary initial metal tent signs...but the "real sign" for the listing is instal...
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
Comments 80
Lists can be powerful when used properly. They imply organization, impart control, and enable understanding.  Instead of a "to do" list, I'm talking about lead lists.  Instead of trying to explain a complicated CRM solution or an expensive training program, I'm going to tell you the six lists you...
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 135
Burnout and Real Estate, What to Do This post has been on my mind for awhile and after reading one of Lou Ludwig's inspirational posts, I think it is time to write about Burnout and Real Estate, What to Do. Burnout is described by Wikipedia as "a psychological term that refers to long-term exhaus...
By Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad 707.646.1876
(Zillow - Nat'l Outreach Mgr & Dir. of Zillow Academy)
Comments 28
Are you tired of hearing about all the ways to get new business online? Are you bored with listening to the same old tips and strategies from online lead marketers? Well here's your chance to finally "Seal The Deal!" Try this no nonsense view and approach from folks like yourself who do this ever...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 70
I closed a deal last week where the other agent was in his mid 20's, and at closing he showed up to closing in a suit and tie.   He looked sharp.   I joked that I felt underdressed (I didn't really) and asked him how often we wore a suit and tie.     "Every day!  You have to look the part!  You h...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
Comments 29
ActiveRain Gives You the Blueprint for Successful Blogs No two bloggers are going to have the exact same style. In this regard, bloggers are like snow flakes (lame! Be over already winter!) custom hot rods! Each one with their own unique style and approach. But there are cetain kinds of posts th...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 33
Your Character Will Become Your Calling Card “Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.” J. C. Watts   As I see it. . . . . . . . Your character wil...
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Comments 46
Will my pinning bear fruit? That moment when you're not quite sure whether you're working or playing can deliver an epiphany--it's okay, perhaps better, if the activity fulfills both.   When my Pinterest subscribers passed the 10,000 mark earlier this week, I decided to ramp up the business side ...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
Comments 17
Where’s the Buy Button? Are consumers confused about at which websites they should be searching homes? Agent websites are designed with niches in mind, specific locations. Are there too many sites for consumers to keep track? Is one national site the best for home buyers to start their home searc...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 34
This is it! YOU make the choice of how it goes. I love the real estate industry and appreciate the work that goes into helping clients achieve their dreams. During a conversation with an agent who has been in business for just over a year, he told me it has been a difficult series of ups and down...