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 Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte
(Savvy + Company Real Estate)
Comments 108
I’m not the kind of girl to disparage others. I know how hard those of us practicing Real Estate work! But I can hardly shush my ‘tsk-tsk’s’ when I encounter Real Estate agents who just don’t ‘get’ it. Some are merely 'old school', refusing to adapt. Others are just plain burnt out, and it’s all ...
By Steven Schafer, CDPE, SFR, ABR, SRES
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Comments 42
Is The Newspaper Dead?   Here are some facts that will set up the blog post. Since 1990 newspaper readership has declined by 24,000,000 while the population has grown by 69,000,000. There are 69 million more potential readers but here are the numbers for Sunday readership. In 1990, 60 million peo...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 61
BROOM CLEAN isn't quite as simple as it may appear to the average consumer buyer or seller. Inspired by "Broom Clean" by Jay Markanich. For clarity, many contracts provide for "Broom clean and free of debris". Just what does it mean and who manages compliance with that clause in the Contract of S...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 71
    6 Most Dangerous Everyday Situations in Real Estate The Real Estate Industry is reeling from the recent murder of Beverly Carter, a real estate agent in Arkansas, and the string of attacks on real estate professionals. Meeting new clients, showing properties, holding open houses, letting stra...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 61
    Don’t Apologize Again, I Don’t Believe You. Change your ways!   We all make mistakes, we are human and we are not perfect. I am more than understanding of this and work at accepting this and help to make things right and move on. Think about your own experiences, how many times have you helpe...
By Bob Ratliff, RE/MAX-CC, Cedar Park & Leander, REALTOR® 512-587-5689, Your Cedar Park Real Estate Consultant, REALTOR®
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR®)
Comments 62
Advertising new listings and not putting them on the MLS. What is the risk?   When real estate markets become "HOT" and multiple offers are common practice as here in Austin many REALTOR'S® will advertise new listings as "coming soon" prior to listing on the MLS. Many of these homes are escrowed ...
By John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(John Marshall )
Comments 27
Part time jobs that can enhance your real estate career - I know that it is ideal to be a full time agent when you are selling real estate, however I also know that we do not live in an ideal world and some of the best agents had to continue working a full or part time job to supplement their inc...
By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
Comments 0
Hello & Welcome to Another Great week in October, 2014! Wow… time is flying by as it will be Christmas before you know it but, more importantly the end of the fourth and final quarter is coming us quickly as well. Here are some great events for your business coming up THIS WEEK to get connected, ...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team, New Home Construction and Luxury Specialist!
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
Comments 0
You guys all know me.  I don't reblog very much unless it really grabs my attention, but Steven Schafer took the time and really analytically hit the nail on the head when it comes to newspaper advertising. He has just taken the time to completely prove what we have all been thinking for a long t...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 11
I know. I'm as surprised as you are. But there really are only 10 weeks left in 2014 so it's definitely time to take a moment to reflect and another moment to make sure 2014 ends the way you want it to. Your assignment: Re-evaluate your 2014 goals and make a list of what needs to be done to achie...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 14
Advertising warning for Maryland real estate licensees   The Maryland Real Estate Commission has issued the following warning to real estate licensees. Real estate agents and their brokers need to take great care with the wording of their advertisements to assure compliance with the regulations o...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
Comments 16
Both Ron and I passed by these flowers and took a step back to admire.  We said the word "Wow" together! Isn't amazing how colors can inspire and change one's mood?  We loved this quote, by Allen Klein, "Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world.  Constantly color your picture...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 11
A Key Essential For Setting Goals “The major reason for setting of goals is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value then what you get.” Jim Rohn 1930 – 2009, American Entrepreneur, Author, Motivational Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . ....
By Courtney Parham
Comments 30
The summer has officially slipped into fall, the kiddos are back in school and the weather is starting to cool off. As the weather cools off, often times so do agents' real estate businesses and pipelines. According to Dr. Lawrence Yun that decline on average over the past 15 years has been 16.4 ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 5
There are So Many Details in Feng Shui, How Do I make Sense of it? Question.... Laura, I respect feng shui and I can see your point to everything but I have so many questions about rules and details that I can't wrap my head around. Does that make sense? There doesn't seem that there are any abso...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Comments 7
Israel Damien - Great Painter in Lower Fairfield County Israel has been with us for painting inside and outside our home for probably 20 years or more, but has been exclusively helping us with our clients  at Dagny's Real Estate for as long as we have had our doors open.   Israel always goes abov...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 13
  I am down with this contest of Going Above & Beyond!  Most of the agents that I know really do go above and beyond on a daily basis!  Reading all of these posts for this contest really does show that in this business it is the norm.   My story goes back to the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.  The e...
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
What Is A Power of Attorney?   In the real estate world today with an ever increasing numbr of senior citizens it is not unusual to find yourself as a client in a position where you must intrust and/or rely on your REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL to act and make decisions on your behalf.    In general t...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 3
The Hallmark of a Great Leader “A great leader never sets himself above his followers except in carrying responsibilities.” Jules Ormont, Motivational Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . . . The hallmark of a great leader   A great leader . . . . will inspire the people around them to strive for and...
By Bill Lauler, Real Estate Broker,CIPS,ABR,SRES,CRB,GRI,EPRO
( Annie Lauler Corp/Chase realty)
Comments 8
     In the future ,when someone opens a door for you..just say thank you! I cannot tell you how many people I have opened doors for that would run you over if given the chance. Most of them are of the younger generation as if they have no manners or do not know how to interact with the public.  ...