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 Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
Comments 110
Get the "Monkey" off Your Back I attended a lecture by Terry Watson recently where we were encouraged to quit carrying around our clients, friends, and family's monkeys.  For instance, if the fascia wood on the exterior of a home was driving away potential clients for one of your listings, all be...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 12
Believe in Yourself “We must do that which we think we cannot.”  Eleanor Roosevelt 1884 - 1962, Former First Lady   As I see it. . . . . . . . Believe in yourself   You have to believe in yourself . . . . and when you believe yourself you will do what you believe you can do.   Don’t become distr...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 24
  Do you have your listening ears on?   I hear my son and his wife often say to their 2+ year old son, Hudson, “Do you have your listening ears on?”  He immediately holds his hands to his ears and looks at them.  I love it!  But, so many of us need to be reminded in business to put our own listen...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 1
  Mail Three Thank You Notes Daily The Unfortunate side of this when 500 read it, two may do it   Who to? Former clients, Leads, People you know, People you talked with last week   Think about this, when was the last time or how often do you receive a personally addressed envelope, hand written i...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 1
  Asking questions (when done politely) is not rude   Do you recall reading this? Ask and you shall receive. We all know the reason for most problems in America and even the world is the lack of understanding of each other, a lack of communications.   When you go to the doctor, he or she does no...
By Brenda Mayette
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Comments 8
The gas tank was full, as was the k-cup supply.  My mind was realing with many tasks that would be perfect to complete. We were ready!  For??  Well... Tuesday.  Just another Tuesday.  The big storm missed us.  The forecast was for 16+ inches.   Nope... not even an inch. How does this relate to re...
By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - HOM Sotheby's Int'l Re
(HÔM Sotheby's International Realty, BRE License 01501912)
Comments 10
Are you considering purchasing a Newport Beach home? Then you should hire an independent inspector and get your own home inspection. If you aren't sure who to hire, then ask your Realtor for a list of recommended home inspectors! As part of the purchase process, it is your right as a buyer to per...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 3
The price of inaction is enormous  and is paid for over a lifetime . Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments.       Both Success and Inaction Comes With a Price “We must all suffer from one of two pains; the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipli...
By Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea
Comments 3
How many times have I dealt with buyers and sellers and their agents who are trying to keep something from me and, in the end, the truth will always come out. Real estate agents these days have a way of finding out pretty much anything about a property. And sometimes even our own clients will try...
By ActiveRain Real Estate Network
(ActiveRain)
Comments 52
We are pleased to announce major improvements to the Question & Answer site on ActiveRain! The Q&A site is a place where real estate agents and other industry pros can ask their colleagues questions that will help them work smarter and live better. ActiveRain is all about community, and this is a...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
Comments 0
Client Marketing - Monthly Mailing to Clients/SOI We are concerned by the number of clients who are not doing a monthly mailing to their Clients/SOI. This is a core part of Client Marketing. Does this sound like you?  We recommend a monthly email, monthly mailing and monthly/quarterly calling of ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 13
  A Mental Image of Peak Performers “Peak performers develop powerful mental images of the behavior that will lead to the desired results. They see in their minds eye the result they want, and the actions leading to it.” Charles A. Garfield, Author     As I see it. . . . . . . . A mental image of...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
Lessons From Your Experiences  “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.” Vernon Law, former major league baseball player   As I see it . . . . . . . Lessons from your experiences   There are lessons in your experiences. You can choose to learn the le...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 19
Being top of mind in your marketplace as luxury real estate marketing professionals requires having a remarkable presentation package, that is memorable and makes you stand out from the pack.    Those who manufacture and sell cosmetics understand the concept of standing out with fierce competiti...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
Success is a Work in Process “A man watches his pear tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both the fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear, at length fails into this lap.” Abraham Lincoln 1809 -1...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 1
  This is for agents who have sold less than five homes   Understand, I am working to become a comedian, or at least get as many people to laugh that I can therefore when you watch this link, lighten up, and see the humor in it ok? click here & enjoy.    If you are serious about this business and...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 17
Low-Ball Offers / Over-Market Lists . . . The Joys of Being a Realtor® Being inspired today after reading this post by relative new(er) member to Active Rain, Cindy Davis "Your Relationship With Your Realtor" I thought about what she wrote about. Cindy writes about the relationships we have with ...
By Scott Webster
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Comments 6
A picture is worth even more than a thousand words!   Do you ever sometimes wonder, when you click on images of the properties you preview online, "What was that agent thinking?" Sometimes I wonder if the seller and/or agent really wants to sell the house! Now I certainly don't profess to be an e...
By Janis Borgueta, LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 )
Comments 8
HOMEOWNERS TAKE NOTE! DANGER IN WINTER!   While the monster blizzard of 2015 Juno passed my part of Orange County NY, we are not without some snow on the ground. It is important to remember that snow, even in small amounts is a problem for showing a property. During the winter months as a homeown...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 10
This is a cautionary tale. I am representing the buyer in the purchase of a four story condo that is a bit unconventional in its legal structure.  The property actually is being conveyed via the transfer of two deeds - one for the upper three floors and a second separate deed for the lower level....