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 Tabitha Rector-Richardson, Creating Homeowners One Family at a Time...
(Premier Homes Realty)
Comments 30
    Get Your House Spring Ready   We are a few day away from the Spring season, although you may not be able to tell by the prediction of several inches of snow expected tomorrow.  However, look past the current cold temperatures and look forward to the warmer weather, longer days and family and ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 17
Texting is Now, Older Real Estate Agents Get on Board or Get Left Behind. When I got started in real estate in 1980, there was no voicemail. There were very few cell phones and because the expense was so high not many people could afford them. So instead we used regular telephones, public pay pho...
By Debe Maxwell, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | Savvy + Company Real Estate)
Comments 25
The Debate Over Escalation Clauses - The REAL Fiduciary Duty Lies with US   We’ve exhausted the discussions of pocket listings and drone photography so, I suppose it’s time we move on to the next hot topic!  Recently we have had many heated debates over Escalation Clauses.  Escalation Clauses are...
By Mike Tizzano, Protect Your Transaction Certified Lender
(Amerifirst Financial, Inc NMLS 145368 LO:1015837)
Comments 13
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is cracking down on Marketing Service Agreements.  If as a lender, settlement provider, or agent you are engaged in an MSA it is imperative that you know the rules surrounding it.  It is also imperative that your MSA is a legitimate agreement and not a cov...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 13
Do you have an absolutely perfect business? Do you have enough leads to keep you busy, make more money than you need, and still keeping time for your private life?   No?     Good.   I never want to feel smug or over-confident. It's the surest path to slacking off. Most of us really are at our bes...
By Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire
(Marshall Enterprises)
Comments 73
When Your Clients Move, Suggest an OPEN ME FIRST Box Everyone HATES moving.  They like getting there and being there.  They rarely like the in between.  However, it can be less stressful if they take a few moments to think about what they will need between leaving here and living there!  If you ...
By Brady Saunders, The HomeLand Team of Keller Williams Realty
(Keller Williams Realty, Spring Hill)
Comments 24
As I sat listening to my youngest son's baseball coach last night in the cold, drizzling rain....the entrepreneurial spirit in me picked up on something that I felt I had to share with all my fellow peers who own businesses and support their families from their own productivity within the busines...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 30
I was shocked, yes shocked to see that our 2nd highest social referral platform behind Facebook was Pinterest.  Not Twitter but Pinterest!?!? This should be a big eye-opener for us all.  You are doing an injustice to your posts and social sharing if you're excluding Pinterest from the mix.  Thous...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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    Continue to Try “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”  Beverly Sills, American Opera Soprano   As I see it. . . . . . . . Continue to try   Try, Try and Try Again . . . . until you achieve your goals.   Many of the most success people have experienced mas...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
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The 20 Headed Hydra or Focus, Focus, Focus Yesterday I spoke to a client who voiced concern that he feels like his business is a '20-Headed Hydra;' and time management and time blocking to focus on his unique talents is difficult. My response is that he only needs to focus on three things: Client...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Yes You Can “Never underestimate the power of belief when it comes to fulfilling your dreams. I can say with no hesitation that every person I’ve ever met who has achieved any degree of success has one thing in common: they believed with all their heart they could do it.” Mac Anderson, founder ...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 8
      The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say "no" to almost everything.—Warren Buffet     For the challenge, I eliminated the word yes from my vocabulary. I know what you’re thinking…. Say no? Who me? Are you kidding me?   I believe ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
A Life of Purpose and Direction “Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” John F. Kennedy 1917 - 1963, 35th President of the United States    As I see it . . . . . . . A life of purpose and direction   Your life needs a purpose and a direction to achieve your goals . . ....
By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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10 Ways to Boost Your Business Any Time of the Year If you find yourself feeling that you aren't where you need to be in your business, I have some great ideas to help you take action and get you moving forward. The key to mastering any business or even sport is to keep taking the action you nee...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 1
Continue to Raise the Bar of Your Expectations “Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s level.” Jack Nicklaus, Professional Golfer As I see it . . . . . . . . Continue to raise the bar of your expectations   When you establish crystal clear expectations for your future . . . ...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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Pauline makes ponts here that those of us in real estate and consultative sales need to understand.  All too often real estate agents and others in sales expect instant gratification on everyting form joining a networking group to engaging a new prospect.  Sales needs to understand that developin...
By Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®)
Comments 11
Open house is another tool in your marketing play book. Just as a golfer has an array of golf clubs to handle the various shots a player has to handle on the golf course, the Open House is another tool that some use to good effect.   I'm no golfer but I listen to players and announcers describe d...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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FOR RENT - in Leesburg, Virginia?  Yes, the Rental Market Is Tight. As anticipated, buyers who come to town before their newly constructed home is ready for occupancy are always surprised when they see our home rental market.   They are a bit shocked when they find that they won't be able to rent...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
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I recently attended the designation course for the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing here in Houston.  It truly was one of the best real estate courses that I have ever attended!  Two days of excellent information that was well presented and full of ideas and tips that I will begin using immedi...
By Heidi Kelley, Your Rhode Island Real Estate Connection
(Keller Williams Realty Newport, East Bay Rhode Island)
Comments 3
  How to Be a Respectful Home Buyer When a home is on the market, the seller's privacy goes out the window. It is almost guaranteed that some buyers will open drawers, peek inside cabinets and touch items that are obviously personal and not included in the sale. Coming home from work to find that...