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 Mike & Eve Alexander, Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers
(Buyers Broker of Florida )
Comments 91
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 Shannon Shimabukuro
(Market Leader (now Trulia), Senior Trainer)
Comments 33
How in the world can we go from making one of the months that historically is the most difficult to drum up business, one of the most lucrative?  Well, Seychelle Van Poole* does just that... in fact, her December is second only to July as far as the number of transactions she does.... so what's h...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 16
The Simple Act of Commitment “The moment you commit and quit holding back, all sort of unforeseen incidents, meetings and materials assistance, will rise up to help you. The simple act of commitment is a powerful  magnet for help.” Napoleon Hill 1883 - 1970, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker...
By Ryan Rutman
(RE/MAX Professional Realty Group)
Comments 31
As the great Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.” This is such an incredibly true statement and so incredibly challenging to execute on a daily basis.  I was shopping with my wife the other day when I heard from across the store, “Hey, there’s t...
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 2
Not just the buying or the selling kind, but how you do business. What are some of things you stand for and stand up for? There are many ways to do business. Often ethics is over-looked in advertising and marketing but that is the core of the transaction. Trust runs the show along with honesty an...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
Your Energy and Persistence to Succeed “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” Benjamin Franklin 1709 - 1790, One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Inventor, Printer, Writer and Scientist    As I see it . . . . . . . Your energy and persistence to succeed   It sounds so simple . ...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 19
We all know that word-of-mouth is the best form of advertising. So, why do some luxury real estate marketing professionals get more than others?  The answer boils down to one word. Those that spark buzz have ‘REMARK-ABILITY”!     While it has been proven time and again that many more negative re...
By Team Mullins
(Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate Co.)
Comments 0
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 31
“Giving and Receiving Referrals, One of the topics in our Upcoming Social Media Marketing Seminar”   I set my yearly goals for the number of referrals that I give out to referral partners. I know that most folks will focus on getting referral business, actually we all do, but giving referrals is ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
You Grow as Big As Your Dreams “We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in a soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening. Some of us let these dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through the bad days till they bring th...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
The Lightening of Thinking “Greatness is a zigzag steak of lightning in the brain.” Henry Asquith 1852 – 1928, Liberal Prime Minster of the United Kingdom 1908 - 1916    As I see it . . . . . . . The lightening of creating thinking   An open mind will attract the lightning of creative thinking.  ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 12
You Can Measure Ambitious Goals “The value of an ambitious goal is not measured by what it will bring to you. The worth of the goal is measured by what it will make of you in the process of following and attracting it.” Mother Teresa 1910 – 1997, Roman Catholic Religious Sister   As I see it . . ...
By Allison Robbins, The KER Group
(The KER Group)
Comments 1
I have a bachelor degree in business administration, getting this degree was a goal of mine that took me 9 years to achieve.  While some finish their degrees in 4 years - I was faced with working while going to school and balancing the two.  Personally, I think I learned so much more from the rea...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 28
Going Above and Beyond a Past Client Needs Help    I had just got home from root canal on my tooth . My whole face was numb . I am not brave when it comes to the dentist ;but this was really not as bad as I had expected . I had just laid down to rest and I received a call from a man who was frant...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
Successful People Attract Prosperity “Successful people make money. It’s not that people who make money become successful, but that successful people attract money. They bring success  to what they do.” Wayne Dyer, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . . . Successful peo...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 16
I'm finally taking the plunge. After seven years in real estate and countless transactions, I have decided to move forward in my education and become a Broker. I've already fulfilled the requirements which include actively selling for three years or more, taking the broker's office management cou...
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 4
CAVEAT EMPTOR No Longer Part of  Real Estate Vernacular       Gone are the days of CAVEAT Emptor, Latin lingo for "let the buyer beware".  In the past a buyer had to do all of their own "due diligence" whence purchasing a property and were forced to buy it at their own risk.       Not so in today...
By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
Comments 5
                 Keeping track of lockboxes can be tricky when you start using more than 25 at a time and they are spread out all over.  You have to be extra careful about codes and locations because if you misplace either you will be out a lockbox and maybe out some property keys.  As part of ou...
By Rich Gaasenbeek, Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!
(IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM)
Comments 4
Relationships are key to any successful real estate business. While you know you need to take the time to build a report with every client, putting that truth into practice isn’t always so easy. REALTORS® have busy, hectic schedules and are often juggling multiple buyers and sellers at once. They...
By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
Comments 0
Palm Beach County Mortgage Rules Could Ease — if the Rumors Hold! The financial press has been on it for a while: in September, Bloomberg News was pointing out that FHA mortgages to borrowers with weaker credit scores had plummeted 19% in the previous nine months. Something, you could sense, was...