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 Pauline Donnelly, Real Estate Coach
Comments 115
“Take one single moment to feel sorry for yourself, and then bounce back better than ever.” Barbara Corcoran I’m a big fan of real estate icon Barbara Corcoran and saw her post this on Facebook this week. It’s timely, because recently I’ve had a lot of real estate agents talk to me about how to ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
Take the Personal Responsibility for Your Future “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the winds, but you can change yourself. That is something you can have charge of.” Jim Rohn 1930 - 2009, American Entrepreneur, a American Author, Motivat...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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Marketing real estate property listings, it is like being a cook with many pots on the burners  that need tending. The tall empty crock pot with the basic ingredients sliced, diced. Made to walk the wooden plank. With a knife plowing sideways, pushing them in off the cutting board. Into the soup....
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 5
Learning is Not Compulsory “Learning is not compulsory. . . neither is survival.”  Dr. W. Edwards Deming, Consultant, Author   As I see it. . . . . . . . Learning is not compulsory   Moving into future without learning new skills and acquiring new knowledge is like leaving on a cross country tri...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 1
  Can U Stop & THINK Where U R & How U R Doing?   You may think what I am about to say would be impossible but begin to think a little outside of the box. If you are having difficulty doing that for yourself, do it for me.   Let’s just think you sold five homes or you sold 25 homes last year. Wha...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
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What do your Buyer's Agents Actually do with 40-50 Hours per Week? Well, they are either calling leads, showing buyers or not working.  Most buyer's agents do not work about 50% of the time. They are not managed. They are not held accountable. Do you have this problem? We can help ASAP. Best Agen...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 19
 Read the contractual fine print! Don't sign away the right to free speech   Have you noticed that there is a lot of fine print in contracts for services? There is a method to this madness. Many companies; carpet cleaners to wedding photographers are inserting “Non-disparagement” clauses in their...
By Sandy Shores Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
Comments 1
Do you check your report at least once a year? It's important to review your credit report so you can check for errors.  If you are considering buying a home soon, it puts you in the driver's seat when you know what info your credit report contains, before starting the process. According to the ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
 Ask “Why” “Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one to ask why.” Bernard Baruch, American Statesman   As I see it . . . . . . . Ask “why”   Ask questions . . . . to gain insight.   Ask questions . . . . to gather more information.   Ask questions . . . . to understand.   Ask question...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 20
Using the Sales Agreement Repair Addendum the Right Way    When all is said and done after the signing of a purchase and sales agreement for a house you want to sell, you move to the next step.  In my state it is the 10 day period the buyer has to do home inspections and request any repairs neede...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 12
Multiple offers. It's the phrase that throws fear and uncertainty into an already difficult situation when talking about purchasing a home. Different agents and different agencies handle multiple offers differently, so it's not a bad idea, when you represent a buyer, to ask the listing agent how ...
By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, Connecting Good People with San Diego Lifestyle!
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 31
  Did you know you can have a lazy lawn? If you water your lawn too frequently, the roots won't need to stretch out and down for water. When it's hot, your lawn will dry out right away because the roots are too close to the surface of your soil, making them more susceptible to the drier conditio...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 22
Some days you're the windshield.... some days you're the bug. Over the last week, I've lost two listings, totalling about a million and a half in business, but I've also written one offer, and gotten a listing from a former client, totally about a million, two. Bottom line kind-of a net zero-ish ...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
Comments 2
  The axiom used and well known by business minds is try to do the opposite of the market. Sell when everyone is buying and Buy when everyone is selling. This is mostly true but there are exceptions in every market. You can also buy when others are buying and you can sell when others are selling...
By Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life
(Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/
Comments 4
 In your duties as a Real Estate agent/broker, how far above and beyond the call of duty are you willing to go in order to secure a closing? The reason I ask is that I have found myself doing small bits of labor that are definitely not a part of the job description so to speak, but I saw them as ...
By Robert Rauf
(HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ))
Comments 0
  Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future. -Denis Waitley       Have a great weekRob Robert Rauf Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS ID# 248937 or my blog: Office:  RRa...
By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~
(Keller Williams Commerce)
Comments 6
In Michigan and across the country there is an upheaval on the way listings are being syndicated.  List Hub is out with Zillow and Trulia, and our MLS is no longer using Point2.  So how are your listings being syndicated out to the majority of websites? As you know, Trulia, Yahoo, and...
By Tracy Lee Parker, Experienced Broker & Property Managers Since 2006
Comments 25
Does "selling" experience really count in Real Estate?  We all probably worked in other fields before we got in Real Estate.  Some of us probably had "selling" experience of some sort.  It is rare in my area to work with someone who is right out of highschool or college selling homes. So it makes...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
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I am excited to announce the next Billion Dollar Agent Mastermind Retreat. If you are over $1,000,000 GCI in 2014, or a current client over $500,000 GCI, you qualify to come. We are meeting Mar 12th - 14th. Even if you’re not already a client, I’d love to meet with you. Our core three people to s...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
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Do you need more leads OR do you need more calling of your current leads? I’d love to hear from you on this. When you reply or email me, choose only ONE of the above options and give details. We estimate that 20% of clients need more leads and 80% need more calling of their current leads.  Leads ...