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!

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By John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 32
Lessons learned form a Hall of Fame Goalie - Dominik Hasek - As a huge hockey fan I enjoy watching the Colorado Avalanche play, and I really appreciate the talent at the NHL level.  It amazes me so much how these athletes can fly around the ice at 25 miles and hour, stop or turn on a dime and the...
By Mike & Eve Alexander, Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers
(Buyers Broker of Florida )
Comments 110
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 Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 56
I've read a few blogs recently where the authors have been critical of the way some agents practice real estate.   They're ranting about how inefficient these practices are, how lame they appear to be, and how desperate these agents come across.  Last week I walked in on a new agent on my team.  ...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 45
Waiting and wondering creates stress - you can help alleviate it. Most of us have traveled enough to have experienced the dreaded airline "delay." We rush to the airport, rush through security, rush to the gate, only to see crowds of people waiting for the plane. An easy and smart way for airline...
By Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent
(Cherry Creek Properties, LLC)
Comments 146
30 Posts in 30 Days: An AR November Challenge   You thought November would never get here so that you could participate in this amazing challenge! Am I right? OK, maybe you're a bit nervous. Maybe you've just been managing to write every so often, or once a week or a month. Now's the time to jump...
By Sheila Cox, Sugar Land Real Estate Agent
(www.SugarLandTxHome.com)
Comments 9
  There are other keyword phrase tools out there, but since Google is the most used search engine, I recommend using Google tools. You can use Google’s Keyword Planner to research the most common keyword phrases and to see what are the best keyword phrases in your area. Here are the phrases to ch...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 10
Zillow thinks I am in Iowa, but First Weber seems to get it Right. I have been searching for real estate for several decades, always on the hunt for properties. Back in the pre-internet days you would find me checking out the classifieds in every paper that crossed my path. Now with the blessing ...
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 6
Scams & Contractor Rip Offs The RE Industry Needs To Know About   Just wanted to add a slice of humor to a very mundane and boring topic albeit probably the most important aspect of your manufactured home.  Let this serve as a reminder that you, the manufactured home owner, really need to be care...
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 2
How Many of Us Have To Deal With Clients Who Are Transitioning?   I'd Like to introduce a gentleman I met a few years ago who owns the San Diego Franchise for Caring Transitions. I met him as a result of looking into this as a franchise opportunity inasmuch as we work with so many Seniors in Manu...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 6
Getting off Track “I may find yourself getting off tract, but I will never be lost when my life has direction.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it. . . . . . . . Getting off track   Your success journey may be long . . . . and it ...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 7
New Home Buyers?  It Pays To Preview. Loudoun County, VA. 800-711-7988. With New Home buyers coming to town in a couple of weeks, I'm preparing them for the market here in Loudoun County by: 1.  Qualifying them to focus zero in on their safe price range.2.  Previewing new home communities with ho...
By Sheila Cox, Sugar Land Real Estate Agent
(www.SugarLandTxHome.com)
Comments 10
  Four Choices for Obtaining a Real Estate Website There are four ways you can get your primary website: 1.      Use the broker-provided website (if any) 2.      Purchase a pre-made template website from a website company 3.      Create your own website yourself in Wordpress 4.      Hire a web de...
By Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® 512-587-5689, Your Cedar Park & Leander, REALTOR®
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR®)
Comments 30
Who are our Home Buyers Today?    Understanding where our buyers come from helps us develop systems to better understand how to work with a particular mindset.   What do buyers want? What motivates them to buy from us? Figuring out what persuades and motivates potential home buyers is a key facto...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 7
Unchecked Procrastination Becomes a Roadblock “Everything you could have been, all the accolades you could a have won and all the achievements that have been nagging at your mind until now, didn’t happen for one reason only you procrastinated.” Nisandeh Neta, Author, Speaker     As I see it. . . ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
What You Will - Will Be “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine  what  you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” George Bernard Shaw, Irish Playwright   As I see it. . . . . . . . What you will – will be     Your will is the internal force that pu...
By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
Comments 15
Realtor's education plays major role in professional services offered. An agents education after becoming a Realtor® greatly influences counsel and advice given while working with a client during the purchase/sale of land or home.  Yes there is a minimum amount required to maintain your license. ...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 32
We recently read a book that mentioned the importance of turning off all your devices to create a feeling of well being and serenity in one’s life, or to just lower your blood pressure.  It is so important that Silicon Valley firms including Google employees practice this get away from digital l...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 28
    A Partridge In A Pear Tree   The newly introduced Dallas Arboretum's Holiday Tradition celebrates The Twelve Days of Christmas to members of the Arboretum 11/11 - 11/13 and to the public on November 16 - January 4, 2014.   For the next twelve days I'll be posting all twelve custom made, cent...
By Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent
(Cherry Creek Properties, LLC)
Comments 44
It's Time to Revive an Old ActiveRain Group! After a great ActiveRain contest many years ago (February 2011, to be exact), I started a new ActiveRain Group, Never Ask The Same Question Twice (NATSQT). You know as well as I do that consumers have questions. Some times they'll search for answers on...
By Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
(Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001)
Comments 31
How to create one landing page that attracts 10 leads per month? How to create 100 landing pages that attracts 1000 leads per month?   First things first... Reading this post will make you and save you money... If you just read it, follow it and let your creativity take over to start using it for...