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 Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker - Let's Talk Atlanta Real Estate
(DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
Comments 133
I put up my sign and installed my lockbox without a signed listing agreement.   I met with the seller on two occasions and we went over the process of selling a home, agreed on a sales price and hammered out the details for arranging showings. Now there's another agent calling me to come and take...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
Comments 24
ActiveRain Newbies Start Here Congratulations on Joining ActiveRain!Now that you're here, I invite you to learn what it means to be part of this community and how it will grow your business.      You can watch the recordings below or check the ActiveRain University Calendar for upcoming live clas...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
The Roots of Your Faith “The deeper one roots downward, the more strength one has to withstand life’s hits and to stay in a winner’s course from the ground upward.” Lt. General Hal Moore, General US Army, Author   As I see it. . . . . . . . The roots of your faith   When the storm winds of life s...
By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Century 21 New Millenium)
Comments 1
Are Criminal Background Checks Important When Screening Tenants? I am an investor myself and represent a lot of investors through the course of my business.  I help investors find properties to renovate and resell and renovate and hold.  Some of my investors self manage their rental properties an...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 19
The Quality of Your Customer Service is a Choice  “Great customer service has to come from the inside out. You cannot mandate it. You can’t threaten, reward, or coerce people to care. You can only awaken the desire and then give them the permission and encouragement to make it come  alive in thei...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 18
 I want you to call my Realtor® I love it when I hear my past clients say to family and friends, “I want you to call my Realtor®.” It’s like music to my ears. Last week-end one of my past clients told a friend of theirs who is moving from CA to call me for assistance. After reaching out to them I...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 12
Just what does that mean? Get in the zone! ...by getting out of it! Simple, if you want to take things to the next level, maybe get more appointments or listings, you need to get out and prospect for business.  Let's face it, there are too many realtors out there for business to just fall into yo...
By Loreena Yeo, Realtor® | Frisco TX Community Ambassador
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.)
Comments 15
I've always been a learner - learning all kinds of stuff and I completely enjoyed it. While learning and growing, and with a little ADHD personality (self-diagnosis), I often feel overwhelmed. Then I look back only to find things I set myself to do get un-accomplished by the time I sit down at 9p...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 16
Put a SMILE on someone's face today, I dare ya!   The need to help new real estate agents is often just a question away. A few things I have learned: Open up, give more freely of industry knowledge and expect less for doing so.    I am simply saying...lend a hand when the opportunity presents its...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
Turn the Page . . . . and Move On “It’s always been my philosophy: Turn the page. If something falls through, turn the page. It’s over with, get used to it, get on with it. Very simple. It’s always worked for me.” Merv Griffin 1925 – 2007, American TV Host, Musician, Actor, Media Mogul   As I see...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 8
    Lessons in Personal Change  Observations about various subject: must be Monday night and it must be my Monday night musings. The older I get the more I become philosophical. I am starting to understand the Captains of Industry and their thought process. The first half of their life  was all ...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 2
The Preview Must Go On.  Check the weather first. Of course, the weather prediction was wrong this time. I took to the road this morning at about 9:00 a.m. to shoot the exteriors of a few homes for sale in my area to send to an out of town buyer.  Nothing unusual there.  Except the "flurries" or ...
By Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Selling Daytona paradise for heavenly good prices
(Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408)
Comments 8
We have an absolutely gorgeous two-bedroom condo in Wyndham Ocean Walk Resort in Daytona Beach. The unit is on the 24th floor of the North Tower, and the panoramic vistas are magnificent (check a short YouTube video/slideshow below). I received the call from the agent. He has a couple, who are he...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 19
A few days ago, I had a conversation with an agent about Christmas cards. She has very professionally produced Christmas cards each year. You know the ones. We all get them from our bank, our insurance company, even the vendors we do business with. Some of these cards may even be hand-signed--pro...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
Comments 0
The featured Active Rain blog I put up my sign without a listing agreement is relevant to the Real Estate industry. For the entire reblog, scroll down. I put up my sign and installed my lockbox without a signed listing agreement.   I met with the seller on two occasions and we went over the proce...
By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
Comments 0
                 November and December can be punishing cold some days which may motivate you to stay inside for your lunch hour.  It just doesn’t seem as appealing to go five minutes down the street from the office to get a toasty sub when the conditions outside are quickly approaching Nordic pr...
By RVA HomePRO Michael Hottman, Helping you achieve goals in life & real estate
(RVA HomePRO Realtor with RE/MAX Commonwealth serving Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfiled and Richmond, Virginia)
Comments 30
More and more I see the topic of various disclosures come up in venues like Facebook groups, real estate magazines, and even in real estate classes I attend. One of the latest "what's hot, what's not" disclosures in the real estate industry is regarding Methamphetamine or more the more popular te...
By Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862
(Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma)
Comments 17
After the murder of the agent in Arkansas, this topic has been very prolific on our local board's email system. The following is what I suggest/believe is the best way to handle the situation.   Realtor Safety   If we would ALL stop ‘dropping everything’ and running to show a random person proper...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 36
Doing More Than Expected “Your success in life will be in direct proportion to what you do after you do what you are expected to do.” Brian Tracy Self-Help Author and Motivational Speaker   As I see it . . . . . . . Doing more than expected   Doing what’s expected . . . . is operation in the stat...
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
Comments 61
I had a colleague point out that sometimes the leads we get are "D" quality.  They're the ones that enter "Joe Schmoe" for a name and "650-555-1212" as their number.  In my "Six Lists" training, these would be a "C-"!  This consumer wants the information, just without giving you the chance at con...