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 Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 8
In Texas when you close on a home it is usually done at the title company. In attendance you usually see the buyer, the buyers Realtor, the escrow officer, the seller and the seller's agent. In most situations you have the buyers and seller closing at separate times as the sellers paperwork is us...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 31
Are You a Niche Master or Jack of All Trades, Master of None?For most of my young adult life, I bounced from job to job, never really finding where I was really supposed to be. I came to realize that what I was good at was sales and marketing...a skill, but not a NICHE. I often felt like a Jill-o...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 19
Good morning! I woke early this morning, with my mind racing, thinking of all the tasks that need to be accomplished today: organizing documents for my new listing and uploading them to My Doc Central so any interested buyers can read all about this great place; finishing a web site for a new lis...
By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 10
The Elephant in the Room Have you ever been sitting with a client and your gut told you to ask something, but you just couldn't quite get the words out? This often the case when you are afraid a question will make someone uncomfortable. However, those uncomfortable questions are critical to get ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 16
Continuously refining your marketing message and luxury real estate brand esthetics is an important part of staying on the leading edge.    Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. Apple 5th Avenue Store in New York  Photo ©Phakimata  It is tempting to dilute your position as...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 11
Be the Seeker of Opportunities“We must look for the opportunity in every difficulty instead being paralyzed at the thought of the difficulty in every opportunity.”Walter E. Cole, Korean War Hero   As I see it. . . . . . . .Be the seeker of opportunities  What you seek you will find. What you most...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 14
Control the Direction of Your Future With Goals“Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor.”Brian Tracy, Self-Help Author and Motivational Speaker As I see it . . . . . . .Control the direction of your future with goals Efforts along . . . . will not create success. Think ab...
By Shelley Costello, Real Estate Marketing & Social Media Expert
(Creative Web Concepts USA.COM)
Comments 0
Social Media & Legalities for Mortgage and Real Estate Professionals.                    What Does Your Social Media Poster Know?Many real estate agents, REALTORS®, and brokers are using social networking websites to market to their “friends” and “followers” of property listings, rentals, news et...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
Comments 3
I just upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S6 today, and learned a few tips for better battery life while they were setting up my phone:  Do NOT plug the phone in overnight to charge. This can overcharge and ruin the battery. Turn off the WiFi and GPS when not in use. This conserves battery power. Oth...
By Jay Cash, THE Auctioneer & Real Estate Broker
(James R. Cash II Auctions & Real Estate #5802)
Comments 0
If you have attended a public auction in the last 10 years you might have seen where the auction company has added a  "Buyer's Premium" to the final bid to determine the sales price, As the buyer, an additional fee, called a buyer's premium, is issued to the winning bidder, typically as a percent...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!, Broker/Owner
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 22
 Anna Banana Q. 4. U. Yesterday I got an interesting email from a long time client/friend.  She's having a problem with her adjoining neighbor and asked for some advice.  I welcome my clients questions no matter how long ago they bought or sold a house from us. They know I'm their 'go-to' source ...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 32
You would not be driving your car if the wheels were coming off, would you?  You would call your local mechanic and ask for help.  Now suppose he tells you that your car is so badly misaligned that it should not be driven until it is realigned.  Wouldn't you get it realigned immediately?  Now wha...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 14
Waiving Appraisals and Bidding Wars - A Dangerous Game?One of my recent posts about a multiple offer bidding war proved to be very controversial. The listing agent gave all buyers a deadline and encouraged them to submit their highest and best. Sounds fine to me. However, after the deadline, he s...
By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
Comments 6
Thanks to a dear friend and agent, by the name of Thomas, for teaching me a few tricks to ActiveRain.com.  I know that we have so much to learn from each other and to share.  Just little simple trick of our business that can help to make the phone ring.  I learned about linking in the body of my ...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 5
Wise advice as always Lou Ludwig ,Eliminating the time wasters and other non essentials in our lives can have a very positive outcome.Thank You!Bob      To Eliminate the Non-Essentials Becomes a Success Habit “Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.” Pablo Picasso 1881 – 1973, Spanish Printer,...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 1
About 3 months ago, my buyers were vying for a highly desirable piece of property that came on the market.  The condo was bee-yoo-tee-ful.  It fit our parameters, room count, room sizes, quality, etc... very nice.We didn't move as quickly as I would have liked.  We waited a few days before writin...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 0
It's Ridicules to Have all 5 Elements in Every Single Room Of Your HomeThis was a comment I read in an article not to long ago on the topic of Feng Shui (Environmental Psychology). "It's ridiculous to have all 5 elements in every single room of your home." Looking to the Five elements theory in F...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!, Broker/Owner
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 44
Re- thinking home pricing strategy... This morning I had an interesting meeting with several other owner/brokers. We got to talking about online marketing  and how to improve our marketing skills.  From there we asked - how do buyers search for homes online?  Well that was a pretty easy question ...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 16
The best thing one can do when it's raining is let it rain. - Henry Wadsworth LongfellowYesterday we were showing houses to a client and at the first house the buyer commented how the neighborhood felt dreary.  Mind you, there were grey and and black storm clouds approaching and the wind was blow...
I am sure you are utilizing all the Marketing Techniques written in Big Book of Marketing but are you utilizing some of the following ways to reach out to your Clients ( Disclosure: Some of the Top Growing Agents are utilizing these techniques or atleast they should)1. Free Classes Are you a Teac...