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 Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte
(Savvy + Company Real Estate)
Comments 109
I’m not the kind of girl to disparage others. I know how hard those of us practicing Real Estate work! But I can hardly shush my ‘tsk-tsk’s’ when I encounter Real Estate agents who just don’t ‘get’ it. Some are merely 'old school', refusing to adapt. Others are just plain burnt out, and it’s all ...
By Steven Schafer, CDPE, SFR, ABR, SRES
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Comments 77
Is The Newspaper Dead?   Here are some facts that will set up the blog post. Since 1990 newspaper readership has declined by 24,000,000 while the population has grown by 69,000,000. There are 69 million more potential readers but here are the numbers for Sunday readership. In 1990, 60 million peo...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 20
Whether you are buying or selling a home, a real estate contract is going to be involved and will hopefully serve its purpose while keeping you out of trouble. We use a contract to spell out the specific terms of a home sale and purchase, and that means it is a legal document that creates obligat...
By John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(John Marshall )
Comments 62
Part time jobs that can enhance your real estate career - (New content added, see the last paragraph) I know that it is ideal to be a full time agent when you are selling real estate, however I also know that we do not live in an ideal world and some of the best agents had to continue working a f...
By Vince Divarco, Air Duct Cleaning by DUCTZ of North Phoenix
(DUCTZ of North Phoenix and Deer Valley / Glendale)
Comments 1
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By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 8
Mapping The Sweet Spots on Your Forestland Properties Would your Forestland Properties sell easier if you could provide a Great map for your prospect? Maps with · Topo lines · Stand types · Wildlife habitat features · Aerial photos · Satellite images · Roads, trails and improvements · And more  ...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
Comments 23
Both Ron and I passed by these flowers and took a step back to admire.  We said the word "Wow" together! Isn't amazing how colors can inspire and change one's mood?  We loved this quote, by Allen Klein, "Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world.  Constantly color your picture...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
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By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
Create a Defined Plan “Create a definite plan for carrying out your desires and begin at once, whether your ready or not, to put this plan into action.” Napoleon Hill 1883 – 1970, America Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . . . Create a defined Plan   Determine . . . ....
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 3
Real Estate Agents Do Not Write Legal Copy. Thank you, thank you, thank you.  This cannot be repeated often enough.  In fact, real estate agents who write legal copy are in violation of real estate license law.  Not to mention dangerous.  Boy, I've seen some doozies over the years.  Agents who wr...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 0
Who determines a home inspector's Standard of Care? Seems to me that the Standards of Care (or practice) for a home inspector is fairly simple. Home inspectors are licensed and their Standards of Practice or Care is determined by the licensing authorities and the respective professional organizat...
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 0
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 Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 7
The Hallmark of a Great Leader “A great leader never sets himself above his followers except in carrying responsibilities.” Jules Ormont, Motivational Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . . . The hallmark of a great leader   A great leader . . . . will inspire the people around them to strive for and...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
Success is Not Spontaneous “Someone might have a germ of talent, but 90% of it is discipline and how you practice it, what you do with it. Instinct won’t carry your through the entire journey. It’s what you do in the moments between inspiration.” Cate Blanchett, Actress   As I see it . . . . . . ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 8
Don't Insult My Seller and Expect Good Results There are many ways you can ask for something in an offer. Some of them seem matter of fact, others sound like requests and then there are other ways that come across as absolute insults. When this happens the seller can get indignant and so insulted...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 4
Managing your time This blog by forestland expert Bob Crane provides some for good advice that applies to many of us. Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. Event Management, the Key to Time Management We all strive to fit far more into a day than is possible yet we all str...
By Anthony Lamacchia
(McGeough Lamacchia Realty, Inc. )
Comments 2
Buyers, sellers, and sometimes even real estate agents get confused with how closing cost credits work. Closing cost credits are a great tool to help buyers pay their closing costs and have more money after closing.  This is important because buyers often have lots of expenses such as making repa...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
Comments 4
Round robin of blog posting, that is what happens if your platforms are targeting, aimed at different audience market segments. And with a slightly varied purpose, topic selection rotation. Not the same goals and themes but that shine, stand out. That get blogged about on a regular basis. Your bu...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
All Things Become Possible “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for these who believe.” Gail Devers, Runner   As I see it. . . . . . . . All things become p...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 35
Who can 'sit' at an open house in Maryland?   The current newsletter from the Maryland Real Estate Commission includes another warning and some advice on who can "sit" at an open house in Maryland. Real estate brokers need to be alert to make sure their agents understand and comply with the open ...