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 97
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 Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
Comments 46
I had a colleague point out that sometimes the leads we get are "D" quality.  They're the ones that enter "Joe Schmoe" for a name and "650-555-1212" as their number.  In my "Six Lists" training, these would be a "C-"!  This consumer wants the information, just without giving you the chance at con...
By Fred Griffin, Real Estate Technology
(Get There Social Media, LLC)
Comments 259
      I pulled a gun on a man one night.  I fired a shot at the ceiling. I was prepared to fire a second shot, at the man.  More on that in a moment.    What about you?  Could you shoot and kill a person if your life was at stake?  The recent tragedy involving Beverly Carter has been a reality ch...
By Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA
(Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com)
Comments 46
As an exclusive buyer agent, homebuyers ask me all the time about buyer letters.  You know the letters I mean.....the ones where the buyers write about how much they love the house and why they or their family or their kids will love living there and why the Sellers should pick their offer.  The ...
By Shannon Shimabukuro
(Market Leader (now Trulia), Senior Trainer)
Comments 40
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 26
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 37
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 3
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 Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 11
The Secret to Success with John Maxwell   I am a big fan of John Maxwell, he is not only a very spiritual man but he is also a much respected authority on the subject of Leadership, which I will be touching upon in a few blogs this week.   In the video below John is speaking at the success sympos...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 107
In the Wake of Tragedy, the Real Estate Community is Beside Itself Waking up this morning and having the story of murdered real estate agent Beverly Carter, my heart sank for her friends and family.  It is horrifying to think of the evil that lurks in our world.   And as expected, the real estate...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 26
Lunching With My Peeps!   Dick Greenberg from Fort Collins CO referred a lovely family to me last year looking to relocate to the Phoenix Metro Area. The family included Grandma, her daughter and son-in-law plus two very lively young boys.  The first day I met them we spent an afternoon looking a...
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 6
The Stepping Stones to Business Excellences “Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones trend to take care of themselves.” Dale Carnegie 1888 - 1955, America Author an...
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 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 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 Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 21
It was 1996 when I met Whitt Glover.  Yup, that is his real name and I'm sure he won't mind if I tell you this story about when he was my client and he took me up on those words I say... "I come with the house" again and again. I'll start, not at the beginning, because that would take TOO long to...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 30
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 7
  Naysayers See The Clouds on a Sunny Day “No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new haven to the human spirit.” Helen Keller 1880 – 1968, American Author, Political Activist, Lecturer,   As I see it . . . . . . . Naysayers see the clou...
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.  ...