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 Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
Comments 115
Get the "Monkey" off Your Back I attended a lecture by Terry Watson recently where we were encouraged to quit carrying around our clients, friends, and family's monkeys.  For instance, if the fascia wood on the exterior of a home was driving away potential clients for one of your listings, all be...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 23
  Social Capital is the international currency of networking Marjorie Tinnell, with Independence Title, in Austin TX presented a wonderful course on “The Authentic Agent.”  I know when Marjorie offers a course it will be time well spent. Her insights from technology to practicing the “best busine...
Why do professionals that go to work for a real estate company end up staying with the company for a long time? The real estate companies that believe that business is a party, and then invites all of their team-members to the party are the ones that are on top of the summit – or going to get the...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 55
The Shortest Listing I Ever Had It can be exciting to get a new listing and to work with a new seller. When the seller has been trying to sell a property for months it become a personal challenge to turn things around and offer solutions that will get the job done and the property closed. Many of...
By Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books, on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
Comments 5
What a powerful and controversial position to take and bunch of words to speak or hear. The one saying it is clear and has drawn the line and has taken a stand. The one hearing it is forced to forgo anymore strategy and either get in or get out. HOW IS IT SAID? If said in the heat of the transact...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 17
Believe in Yourself “We must do that which we think we cannot.”  Eleanor Roosevelt 1884 - 1962, Former First Lady   As I see it. . . . . . . . Believe in yourself   You have to believe in yourself . . . . and when you believe yourself you will do what you believe you can do.   Don’t become distr...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(, covering California & most other states)
Comments 2
Port St Lucie FL where the 203k is alive and well I was just doing some research for our new office in St Lucie County FL where Pete Campbell-FHA 203k consultant is ready to help you with your consulting needs. Our company has been doing this since 1994 and when the "streamlined k" was introduced...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
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Client Marketing - Monthly Mailing to Clients/SOI We are concerned by the number of clients who are not doing a monthly mailing to their Clients/SOI. This is a core part of Client Marketing. Does this sound like you?  We recommend a monthly email, monthly mailing and monthly/quarterly calling of ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
Lessons From Your Experiences  “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.” Vernon Law, former major league baseball player   As I see it . . . . . . . Lessons from your experiences   There are lessons in your experiences. You can choose to learn the le...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
Comments 6
Knowledge is EmPOWERing, ASREB Course It's time for another quarterly Knowledge is EmPOWERing ASREB Course!  This is a one of a kind offering that is included in the Success Series courses held at the Arizona School of Real Estate & Business in downtown Scottsdale, 7142 E. 1st St., Scottsdale, AZ...
By William Piotrowski
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  8 Ways to be Happy 1. Love, like, accept and be patient with yourself. 2. Don’t judge yourself by other people’s standards. 3. Choose to let go of your anxieties and worries. 4. Trust yourself; listen to your heart. 5. Live simply. 6. Set realistic expectations; expect to make mistakes, and to...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 7
Enthusiasm is that little voice inside of you that ignites your passion . . . .  and brings out the best in you . . . . and in your actions. Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments.   Act With Enthusiasm “Every memorable act in the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing gr...
By Brenda Mayette
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Comments 9
The gas tank was full, as was the k-cup supply.  My mind was realing with many tasks that would be perfect to complete. We were ready!  For??  Well... Tuesday.  Just another Tuesday.  The big storm missed us.  The forecast was for 16+ inches.   Nope... not even an inch. How does this relate to re...
By Cindy Davis
(SD Home Source Realty)
Comments 0
Okay, this could get controversial, and might also incur some wrath. We’ll see. As an independent broker, I enjoy a freedom to price my listings and services as I wish, and not according to my broker’s standard model. With little overhead, I often offer my clients the savings that I would otherwi...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 14
This is a cautionary tale. I am representing the buyer in the purchase of a four story condo that is a bit unconventional in its legal structure.  The property actually is being conveyed via the transfer of two deeds - one for the upper three floors and a second separate deed for the lower level....
By William Piotrowski
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      1. Go for a walk around the block – and even longer if you have the time. 2. Make faces in a mirror to reduce the muscle tension (and the chances are it will make you laugh as well). 3.  Stretch – and loosen the muscles in the shoulders, neck and jaw 4. Make a thankfulness list. 5. Find a ...
By Jayson Hoffer, Mesa AZ 480-518-0747
(Jayson Hoffer Insurance Agency Inc.)
Comments 2
  Unless you want to spend a lot of time building a fan page, an audience, and inviting friends it can be a huge amount of time. You can hire a company to do all these things. Do you want to spend $500 a month for a year to possible get one client? How often do you seriously get clients from a fa...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 6
The price of inaction is enormous  and is paid for over a lifetime . Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments.       Both Success and Inaction Comes With a Price “We must all suffer from one of two pains; the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipli...
By Troy Erickson, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor
(Diverse Solutions Realty
Comments 30
Arizona Realtors, are you ready for the new H.O.A. Condominium/Planned Community Addendum?   Beginning February 2, 2105 Arizona will have a new/revised HOA Addendum that will be required to be completed for any transaction that involves a homeowners association. The old HOA Addendum was previousl...
By Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
(Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001)
Comments 34
How to create one landing page that attracts 10 leads per month? How to create 100 landing pages that attracts 1000 leads per month?   First things first... Reading this post will make you and save you money... If you just read it, follow it and let your creativity take over to start using it for...