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 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 Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 23
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 Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 25
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 Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
(International Properties and Investments LLC)
Comments 7
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 Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 10
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 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...
By Debe Maxwell, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | Savvy + Company Real Estate)
Comments 5
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 Janell Kittleson, Property Management Software & Tenant Screening
(Rentec Direct)
Comments 1
Let's face it, dirty carpet is not attractive and replacing carpeting can be cost prohibitive.  What if your carpet cleaning vendor isn't available when you need him?   I am the queen of "ooopsy!" when it comes to walking, talking and carrying a beverage.  That could be why I might actually also ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 0
What Some of My Clients Have to Say about Feng Shui Manhattan   Working with Laura has been an amazing experience. It completely changed the way I view my home and life, and most importantly, the connection between the two. Her ongoing guidance following the consult allows you to make changes thr...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
  Getting Better is a Choice “Everyday, in every way, I am getter better and better.” Emile Coue 1857 - 1926, French Psychologist and Pharmacist   As I see it . . . . . . . Getting better is a choice   When you’re facing difficulties become better . . . . not bitter.   In times of facing difficul...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
Asking Questions Gives You Insight “Asking questions will get you the performance you are after far better than dictating demands.”  Dan James   As I see it. . . . . . . . Asking question gives your insight   Asking questions give you insight to the person that you’re speaking with . . . . and m...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 12
    Earlier this morning I had read a post by Andrea Swidler in which she was talking about taking advantage of bad weather to work on her website. Today, the middle Tennessee area is supposed to get 2 – 3 inches of rain before the temperatures fall like a rock. Needless to say, today will be an ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 14
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 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 Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 19
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 3
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 Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 5
    Hold on The Tide Will Turn “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you till it seems you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” Harriet Beecher Stowe, Author     As I see it. . . . . . . . The t...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
Preparation is the Stepping Stone to Succeed “Before anything else, preparation is the key to succeed.” Alexander Graham Bell 1847 - 1922, Scientist, Inventor, Engineer, Innovate,   As I see it . . . . . . . Preparation is the stepping stone to succeed    Prepare for success . . . .  is preparin...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 16
ometimes you just have to have a little patience. I have several buyers, right now, searching for their first home.  At the moment, our market is rockin' and rollin', and there is a dearth of supply.  They're all getting frustrated. Right now I have very little to show any of them, and they're st...