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 Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 15
50 Shades of CRAY! I know that this is not an original title but it fits so perfectly that I had to steal it from the show The Bachelorette! In the past few days I have been involved with a really unorthodox real estate transaction. What began as a typical offer began to unravel and show its true...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 35
Follow Through Is So Important in Developing TrustWhen you first begin a relationship and the person says, "I'll call you tomorrow" and they do, and then they follow through a second time by doing what they say they're going to do, it has a tendency to create a bond of trust fairly quickly. Maybe...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Small Office, Big Service
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 28
This post may likely contain some truth, some fiction, some sarcasm and some fluff.  I usually don't get too wrapped up with local real estate agent "threads."  But, sometimes I go against my better judgment.  Recently I read a local thread about the lack of feedback.  So I gave my "feedback" to ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 19
What does tire kicking and low-ball offers have in common? They both fall flat! Not only was the offer $50,000 below list price, the buyer agent was informed the home had appraised $30,000 higher than list price.   Instead of playing to the positive aspects of the property, the potential buyer di...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, CA BRE #01824145 Real Estate - Call 951.491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
Comments 16
I think Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 hit the bullseye on this one. A few years ago I was contacted by a local, direct lender who promised to place signs on my listings, create listing brochures with an adjunct company advertising of their business (I had no problem with t...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 17
Create Forward Momentum “One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.”Michael Korda, novelist   As I see it. . . . . . . .Create forward momentum  Use your goals as milestones on your success journey . . . . and you’re able to measure your forward progress in achieving your...
By Richie Alan Naggar author PEARLS FOR THE Books on, Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose + Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
Comments 2
What strange two words this title of the post. Estate Real is when an owner of Real Estate is where they want to be and when asked what their status is, they comply by saying the state of my status is real. I just made that up as an example of why you may need an agent who uses a high degree of e...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 12
Look Through the Darkness“In the darkness of your challenges there is always a ray of hope. Look up . . . . look pass the challenges  . . . . and look into the light for the solution. For in every challenge there is a solution and a opportunity . . . . when you look for it  .” Lou Ludwig, Sales a...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
New Patterns Break Old Habits“When patterns are broken new worlds emerge.”Tuli Kupferburg 1923 -2010, Counterculture Poet and Author  As I see it. . . . . . . .New patterns break old habits Habits . . . . are those things that you do almost without thinking.  Your habits are embedded deep within ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
When You Want the Prize - Go After It“Without ambition one starts nothing.Without work one finishes nothing.The prize will not be sent to you.You have to win it.”Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 - 1882, American Essayist,Lecturer, Poet   As I see it. . . . . . . .When you want the prize – go after it The...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
 The First Rule of Successful Communications “The first rule of successful communications is to proactively listen to hear and understand . . . . Speak with a purpose by asking questions . . . . and listen. . . . to gather information to communicate. You will come to hear much . . . . and speak v...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 8
Feng Shui Pop Quiz Answer To: What Is The Best Driveway Design?Every aspect of a home's interior and exterior presentation will help facilitate positive Chi or not the most supportive. Based on what has been shared with my blog pots or perhaps your own knowledge on Feng Shui, what driveway design...
By Jenna Dixon, Assoc Broker - Let's Talk Cobb County Real Estate
(DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate )
Comments 15
Many new construction builders offer incentives to the buyer IF they use the "preferred" lender partner.  I'm sure these relationships are born out of trust, convenience and the marketing skills of the lender. Buyers are often swayed by the promise of the "incentive" savings to make application w...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 2
One Constant That You Can Count on“We work in a constantly changing business environment . . . . and things in our lives seem to be in a state of constant change. The only true constant in our lives that you can count on . . . . is change.Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!, Broker/Owner
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 8
 Sensei Grasshopper - Spin Like a SEO Top!  The Sensei Grasshopper Contest once again has made a huge project of mine manageable and achievable.  When Mr Sensei, Dick Greenberg, announced the contest, I debated whether or not to ask him to be my Sensei.  But I asked anyway because I knew he held ...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 5
Our colleague, Gayle Rich-Boxman posted this reminder today about the importance of doing what we say we will do. Not only do clients, colleagues, friends and family expect and deserve that, we owe it to ourselves. That is my definition of integrity. Follow Through Is So Important in Developing T...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
Comments 4
Margaret Rome, shared this wonderful classic post that can be used many times over. The array of details and data will surely benefit you and your present or future clients. It is detailed and right to the point. It should also help with any gray areas, to give you an upper hand with this competi...
By Joe McCord
Comments 11
A successful real estate agent does an excellent job of combining experience, education, research and people skills. Getting into the industry is fairly easy, but you need to figure out how put all of your skills to work for you. Fortunately, there are tons of real estate training college classes...
By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
Comments 1
When Buying an Palm Beach County Home, Adopt an Atypical Price RangeAt some point while weighing the pros and cons of buying a new home in town, you begin to mentally fix on a price range. If you are able to depend on a family income that’s fairly predictable, the issue is simplified. If not (sma...
By Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker ABR, GRI
(Coldwell Banker Coast)
Comments 19
In Oregon we use Escrow company's that collect the money and record the transfer with the County. Then the proceeds are divided and paid out. this would include Title fees back taxes, commissions and anything else to make a clear title before giving the Seller their proceeds.After signing it usua...