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 John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 33
Lessons learned form a Hall of Fame Goalie - Dominik Hasek - As a huge hockey fan I enjoy watching the Colorado Avalanche play, and I really appreciate the talent at the NHL level.  It amazes me so much how these athletes can fly around the ice at 25 miles and hour, stop or turn on a dime and the...
By Mike & Eve Alexander, Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers
(Buyers Broker of Florida )
Comments 111
Holding an open house should be solely for the benefit of promoting the sellers property.  It should not be used for the purpose of snagging buyers so that you can show them a better deal down the street.   Here are some helpful hints:   1. The consumer that comes through the door at your open h...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 57
I've read a few blogs recently where the authors have been critical of the way some agents practice real estate.   They're ranting about how inefficient these practices are, how lame they appear to be, and how desperate these agents come across.  Last week I walked in on a new agent on my team.  ...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 46
Waiting and wondering creates stress - you can help alleviate it. Most of us have traveled enough to have experienced the dreaded airline "delay." We rush to the airport, rush through security, rush to the gate, only to see crowds of people waiting for the plane. An easy and smart way for airline...
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 9
Scams & Contractor Rip Offs The RE Industry Needs To Know About   Just wanted to add a slice of humor to a very mundane and boring topic albeit probably the most important aspect of your manufactured home.  Let this serve as a reminder that you, the manufactured home owner, really need to be care...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
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 Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
Unchecked Procrastination Becomes a Roadblock “Everything you could have been, all the accolades you could a have won and all the achievements that have been nagging at your mind until now, didn’t happen for one reason only you procrastinated.” Nisandeh Neta, Author, Speaker     As I see it. . . ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 4
Clear written goals have a wonderful effect on your thinking. Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. Break the Chains of Procrastination  “Clear written goals have a wonderful effect on your thinking. They motivate you and galvanize you into action. They stimulate your crea...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 34
We recently read a book that mentioned the importance of turning off all your devices to create a feeling of well being and serenity in one’s life, or to just lower your blood pressure.  It is so important that Silicon Valley firms including Google employees practice this get away from digital l...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 1
Every month we create and distribute a data visualization which, in a picture, portrays important trends in the Tallahassee real estate market. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and this month's picture is a worthy story. Most of the important trends that suggest growth and vitali...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 9
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 Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 11
The Power of Your Thinking “The mind is its own place,  and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell, or a Hell of Heaven.”  John Milton, (1606-1674) English poet   As I see it. . . . . . . .   The power of your thinking   The power of your thinking has shaped your life . . . . and made you the person...
By Randy Kirsch, (NMLS# 1012303)
(Right Trac Financial Group, Inc., NMLS# 2709)
Comments 3
In a recent opinion issued by the Court of Appeals of the State of California in the case of Lin v. Coronado  it appears that a scam was revealed that arose out of a purchase of property at a trustee's sale.  Ms. Lin put up $150,000 in a "partnership" with River Forest Financial LLC ("River Fores...
By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
Comments 2
Real Estate Market Recovery—Glass Half Full; Getting Fuller! Palm Beach County real estate observers got some background information last month that seemed to confirm much of what we’ve been seeing for a while now. Mid-term election politicking is now safely behind us (for a brief while, at leas...
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 2
Would You Like Some Cheese?From time to time Realtors whine about getting fined when they don't pend a property within the appropriate time frame or neglect to enter some other data point because they don't think it matters. It's never fun to have to pay out some of your hard earned cash to cover...
By Douglas Trudeau, MBA, Assoc. Broker, Selling Tucson Real Estate
(Tierra Antigua Realty)
Comments 46
I understand NAR had a display for drones as the future. Some have a fear about drones. I have been flying RC helicopters for years. Great fun. I was so happy to get my quad-copter, attach a camera to it and go to the air. Amazing is all I can say. Though the FAA is trying to control it, and the ...
By Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent
(Cherry Creek Properties, LLC)
Comments 146
30 Posts in 30 Days: An AR November Challenge   You thought November would never get here so that you could participate in this amazing challenge! Am I right? OK, maybe you're a bit nervous. Maybe you've just been managing to write every so often, or once a week or a month. Now's the time to jump...
By Sheila Cox, Sugar Land Real Estate Agent
(www.SugarLandTxHome.com)
Comments 9
  There are other keyword phrase tools out there, but since Google is the most used search engine, I recommend using Google tools. You can use Google’s Keyword Planner to research the most common keyword phrases and to see what are the best keyword phrases in your area. Here are the phrases to ch...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 10
Zillow thinks I am in Iowa, but First Weber seems to get it Right. I have been searching for real estate for several decades, always on the hunt for properties. Back in the pre-internet days you would find me checking out the classifieds in every paper that crossed my path. Now with the blessing ...
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 2
How Many of Us Have To Deal With Clients Who Are Transitioning?   I'd Like to introduce a gentleman I met a few years ago who owns the San Diego Franchise for Caring Transitions. I met him as a result of looking into this as a franchise opportunity inasmuch as we work with so many Seniors in Manu...