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 Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 119
  I have experienced the dirty side of the world of real estate!   I can recall numerous situations that we as agents, inspectors, appraisers, surveyors and others find ourselves in on a daily basis.  This can be a dirty business for sure!   Some of my dirty little secrets in this business that ...
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 60
Listing Agents, Use the KISS Principle You have a great listing and want lots of showings. So why make it hard on the other agents to show. Listing Agents, Use the KISS Principle. Make the access easy and the instructions simple. Do whatever you can to make agents want to show your listings not d...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
  You May Have to Go Against the Wind “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” Henry Ford 1863 – 1947, American Industrialist. Founder of the Ford Motor Company   As I see it . . . . . . .   You may have to go against the...
By Trulia Pro Blog, Real Estate Advice From Real Estate Professionals
Comments 35
Summer is generally the busiest time of year for real estate professionals. Overall, the weather is good. Prospective buyers want to be out and about looking at properties. The flowers are in bloom. The grass smells good. Agents generally find that it’s a pretty good time of year to sell property...
By Jordana Tobel
Comments 53
As territory manager for Carrington Real Estate South Florida, we have sales meetings via conference call every Wednesday for 30 minutes. Every week, I keep track of things that I feel are important to discuss on an upcoming call such as: commission issues that come up, compliance reminders, prob...
By Jenna Weinerman, Helping deliver a breakthrough client experience.
(Updater)
Comments 19
Too often, we wash our hands of a transaction after closing. Too often, we miss the perfect opportunity to leave a lasting impression. I travel quite a bit with Updater - just yesterday, I spoke to a Broker/Owner of a 45-agent brokerage. She said to me, "Updater is basically the perfect post...
By Amanda Thomas, Broker, Realtor®, SRES®, BPOR
(Providence Group Realty)
Comments 5
As the start of a new school year debuts in the DFW Metroplex, the sage advice we whisper to our young scholars returns to herald their way back to classroom corridors: "You will be know by the company you keep."  Your Business Associations Matter For every reason this advice works to g...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 74
Home inspections could easily turn into a listing agent’s nightmare.  I reference listing agent because, in my opinion, the listing agent is the guide on the seller’s end of the transaction.  I use the term “guide” because the seller should be taking direction from the listing agent, if the list...
By Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service
(The Jordon Wheeler Group)
Comments 33
Who Needs All Those Pictures?  Buyers DO! Yesterday I took a moment out of my extremely busy schedule to go see a listing with an agent not a part of my firm.  The listing agent and I had conducted business on a previous transaction, and the listing agent grew to like my way of conducting busines...
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
Comments 58
As you may have heard, Google is now emphasizing articles that have at least 1000 words with even better rankings for articles pushing 2000 words. Many bloggers had a hard time adjusting to writing 500 words so 1000 seems almost unsurmountable.  Who has time or the expertise to write that much?  ...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
Comments 2
I am often asked what I see as the path forward for a Billion Dollar Agent company. Here is the detailed version of my answer. Billion Dollar Agent Company (BDAC) is a public company valued at over $1B with over $1B in revenue and profit margins of 20 percent for $200,000,000 in profits in 2016....
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 43
Is Mass Email Marketing Dead?   This morning my business partner (IT Man) reminded me that I had promised to clean up my email inbox.  He knows how I so look forward to doing that tedious chore. Right!  Long story short, since a meeting got canceled I had a few extra hours to perform my email cle...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 17
Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-What is your Word Worth? Do you pay lipservice to people or is your word  Priceless?? Whether in a personal relationship or professional, when we give our word that we will get something done, people expect us to follow through on it. Do you??   Unless you prove to other...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 71
Not Going to Happen This Week Mr Google!   All week long I've been reading and paying attention to the 'new normal' for Mr Google to be happy.  Of course we all want to be known as an expert and now we'll be WORDY experts. I'll be honest it does kind of make my head spin think...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 7
Feng Shui and Children:  A Lesson from My Late Mother from 2010     Drafted by Carole (2010) As I watched my children growing up and go through all the phases that children do, I wasn't practicing Feng Shui back then. And although I'd heard and read about "The Law of Attraction,"...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
  Make People Feel Good Being With You “A man never likes you so well as when he leaves  your company liking himself.” Source Unknown   As I see it . . . . . . .   Make people feel good about being with you   That philosophy applies to every aspect of your life . . . . from your personal relation...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
  People of Character Will Not Compromise Their Values “People of character do the right thing, not because they think it will change the world but because they refuse to be changed by the world.” Michael Josephson, Attorney, Former Law Professor, Speaker   As I see it . . . . . . .   People of c...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 13
  Make Today Really Count “What you do today can change the course of your life far into the future. Today is critical. Today really counts.” Ralph S. Marston Jr. Author     As I see it. . . . . . . .   Make today really count   What you do today will accumulate . . . .  and impact your future.  ...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 15
Glad I Checked My Voice Mail  . . . I Don't Check That Very Often My hand to God . . . I just received a return call to one I had made earlier this afternoon.   The conversation has left me speechless.  So glad my fingers do the walking, err, typing. In setting up a tour of condos for my relo...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 21
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