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 Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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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 Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 29
Listing and selling real estate is a very stressful profession.  Working on a commission basis is always stressful, since we need income every month to survive.  Yet, there are many agents who have little or no monthly   income, yet they continue to represent themselves as real estate sales agen...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 28
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 Joshua Frederick, Home Inspector - Northwest Ohio
(Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC)
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As a Home Inspector, I run into a lot of components and systems around the house that are just in need of a little tender lovin' and care and really aren't that big of a deal. There's so many Inspectors out there that make mountains out of mole hills. I've always believed that a little TLC can br...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Simple Feng Shui Wealth Cure for Your Home: Dragon Turtles   A fast and easy Feng Shui cure you could try with helping to increase wealth is with the use of Dragon Turtles. This cure is known for attracting wealth, protection and improving career opportunities.   Here is break down of the animal'...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Decide to Act and Not React “The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.” George Bernard Shaw 1856 – 1950, Irish Playwright and co-Founder of the London School of Economics   As I see it . . . . . . . Decide to act and not react   Your future is a blank canvass . . . . th...
By Debe Maxwell, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | Savvy + Company Real Estate)
Comments 6
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 Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 15
We all fall down.   In business there will be disappointments and downturns, that is certain, but does not necessarily dictate the future. It's imperative to continue moving forward with a 'business as usual' attitude.   There are no guarantees in this industry: things go sideways people give up ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Life is a Series of Choices I have no choice about whether or not I have Parkinson’s. I have nothing but choices about how I react to it. In those choices, there’s freedom to do a lot of things in the areas that I wouldn’t have otherwise found myself in. Michael J. Fox, Actor   As I see it ....
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 20
There are always two sides of the coin - and of Real Estate transaction, too! As much as listing agent is important, so are buyer's agent! Now I cannot argue with my Guru, Guide and Philosopher - Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland  Well, in fact, by re-blogging this, I just want to spread the mess...
By Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®)
Comments 6
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 Rich Gaasenbeek, Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!
(IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM)
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Real estate agents do their best to present a professional, successful image. In fact, there’s such a uniform effort to appear like a successful agent, who belongs to a successful company, that most agent branding and marketing looks the same to the consumer. In NAR’s Profile of Home Buyers and S...
By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
Comments 6
Saturday: Open house. Agent comes in with clients. Says, really like the property but we won't be writing because you are over priced. I say, write an offer based on what you and clients think its worth. He says , no we will wait till you drop the price. Sunday: Same open. Clients come in with di...
By Heidi Kelley, Your Rhode Island Real Estate Connection
(Keller Williams Realty Newport, East Bay Rhode Island)
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  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...
By Pauline Donnelly, Real Estate Coach
Comments 122
“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 Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire
(Marshall Enterprises)
Comments 72
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 Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
(International Properties and Investments LLC)
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Report Real Estate Unlicensed Activity-  Florida State Department of Business and Professional Regulations- DBPR- serves the state of Florida with making sure that professionals and businesses that require licenses are able to apply to get those licenses as well as maintain those licenses as one ...
By Shuchi Agrawal
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The Dallas Fort-Worth Metroplex has become a vibrant real estate market.  Home inventory is at an all time-low.  The recession left many in a situation that made it easier for them to rent than buy.  The Mortgage crisis lending crunch didn’t make the problem any better.  While some struggled to k...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 125
Do I Need to Remove My Religious Symbols? When meeting with a seller and after touring their home we sat down to talk about the procedures of showing their home once it goes on the market. I mentioned some cosmetic items that should be done to make it look better and even discussed some simple st...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 43
Lifelong learning is one the key characteristics of a market leader in the realm of luxury real estate.  Learning new things is a way to meet new people and expand your sphere of influence.   Yesterday, as we were leaving our Yoga class, we were chatting with one of the teachers.  As we were tal...