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 Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 18
  There is no shortage of examples of the Profit Motive gone awry.  While not essential to the cause, a co-conspirator with the profit motive is the idea of Maximizing Profits.  After all, if the goal is to make money, why not make as much of it as possible?  Maximizing profits can have a very da...
By David Bailey, "Creating Clients for Life" Cell # 631-767-8948
(The Mortgage Outlet NMLS # 36861)
Comments 32
8 Eye Catching Photography Tricks   Getting great pictures can provide customers with the information they need to make a purchase decision.  At first glance, real estate photography seems to be an easy task. Some real estate agents will take their cell phone out of their pocket and expect to ge...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 46
If you are going to respond pro-actively to the ever-changing world we live in, it is important that you sharpen your strategic thinking.   This will help you to outthink your competition.   Take time to reexamine your opinions.  Challenge your own premises, and be open enough to admit you may b...
By JM Padron, ACP, CCIM, CDPE, CRB, Ft. Lauderdale-Doral-Sunny I
(REMAX PREMIER-COMMERCIAL ASSOCIATES)
Comments 1
Does Brand Really Matters?     I'm going to start my article citing Jennifer Walker-Derby a prominent realtor in Atlanta, Georgia:   "No matter how hard I tried, I could not break the $225,000 housing barrier (meaning sellers with homes valued over $225,000 did not trust my “no name brok...
By Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397
(Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net)
Comments 0
Do I need a Realtor® when buying new construction in San Antonio? This seems to be a popular question & I have heard it more frequently lately.  Let's break it down: That friendly model home sales person? WORKS FOR THE BUILDER, not you, representation is FREE & what's better than ...
By Shannon Shimabukuro
(Market Leader (now Trulia), Senior Trainer)
Comments 18
There's a million and one ideas out there on how to win more listing presentations... We are told we need the "must-have" materials to give to our clients.  We're told we have to memorize and internalize numerous scripts on how to get the appointment, ask questions, and close to...
By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
Comments 8
The Florida Realtors Conference and Trade Expo is August 13-17 in Orlando, FL.  If you are a Florida Realtor, this is a must event!  I treat my team to the conference because it's a great way to keep on top of what's happening regarding Florida Real Estate, to get a sneak peak of new and ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 7
  When You Love What You’re Doing “You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through  the brick walls that are going to be placed in front of you. If you don’t have that kind of feeling for what it is you are doing, you’ll stop at th...
By Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.928.8000
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 14
In our Keller Williams office I am the Social Media person which means I teach the classes pertaining to Social Media. Each month our office holds a variety of classes on a variety of topics which always include some sort of Social Media, ranging from Facebook to Twitter to Pinterest and so on. O...
By Brian C. Aber, Rising Point Solutions
(Rising Point Solutions LLC)
Comments 0
Protecting Your Identity   Tip #3   Go to www.dmachoice.org and remove your name from individual Direct Mail Association Member mailing lists.   
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
  The Content of What You Say “The basic rule of human nature is that powerful people speak slowly and subservient people quickly - -  because if they don’t speak fast nobody would listen to them.” Brendan Gill, Author   As I see it . . . . . . .   The content of what you say   Same people talk a...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 2
It has been another busy week of blogging in the rain this week with plenty of great posts to share, I hope that you enjoy the few that I do share! I encourage you to take a few minutes each week to share some of the gems that you come across, people will appreciate the support and you may even g...
By Colorado Dream House Team, Real People. Real Professionals. Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty DTC)
Comments 21
When it comes time to decide if you really want the property you should have an inspection done. Don’t use a fly-by-night inspector. Use a company or a person that does quality work, has a great reputation, and that you trust. You want to know all the ins and outs of the house and you’re hoping t...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 19
In MD, and VA, the buyer selects. That said, sellers, banks, relo companies. etc. can offer incentives, legal, abstract, title insurance (that's a biggie) to use the seller's selection. From my experience, since most fees are pass-through items the big one, title insurance, is why title c...
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 69
Good Customer Service Means Making It Right If you are in the real estate business then you know that things can go awry and get off track. When it is in your control, do you make it right whenever you can? That is what I try to do. Especially if I have dropped the ball or failed to do some detai...
By Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR Silver Spring, MD and beyond
(Thompson Company Realtors)
Comments 1
Interested in buying a flip in the Silver Spring, MD area? Please read Charles Buell's blog post first. Charles is a home inspector in Seattle and knows a thing or 10 about flips. It is not difficult to pick out the flips among all the homes for sale. Many flippers in Silver Spring, MD and be...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 7
  Your Imagination Has the Power to Create a Great Future “The great successful men of the world have used their imagination . . . They think ahead and create their mental picture in all it’s details filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit  and that a bit, but steadily – build...
By Loreena Yeo, Realtor® | Frisco TX Community Ambassador
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.)
Comments 3
Rachel Hernandez wrote in her recent featured post, "Be Agressive - Diary of a New Realtor" inspired this long overdue post of how I feel the Sales Profession is. Yes, it can be as manipulative as you want it to be. At the same time, it can be as noble as you make it to be. I've bee...
By Brian C. Aber, Rising Point Solutions
(Rising Point Solutions LLC)
Comments 0
Protecting Your Identity   Tip #1   Remove your name from pre-screened credit offers at www.optoutprescreen.com or call 1-888-567-8688.  
By Kathryn J., (Rentec Direct-Property Management Software)
(Rentec Direct)
Comments 3
    Most of us love Facebook right?  And I don't know if you have noticed lately but man I am receiving a lot of tests and/or questionnaires lately.  Must be the latest trend!     What type of super hero are you? If you were an animal what would you be? What does your name mean? Which presid...