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 Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 90
 In our market, we don't see offers written with the Buyer asking for closing cost credit very often.  The inventory is lower and the competition is keener for the house that the buyer wants to call home.     Agent Suzy got an offer with closing costs credit of more than twice the number that co...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 11
A Christmas Gift That Lasts a Lifetime “Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To your opponent, tolerance. To your friends, your heart. To a customer, service. To all charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself respect.” Oren Arnold, Author and Writer     As I see it. ....
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 17
      If you have a question about a a Selling Agent...the highest and best place to start asking questions is with the Listing agent...your broker/manager has no crystal ball or insight as to the unique aspects and details of any particular listing. The listing agent may well have r...
By Amanda Thomas, Broker, Realtor®, SRES®, BPOR
(Providence Group Realty)
Comments 6
Something is wrong. Terribly wrong. Last Spring, we represented a Buyer client on a transaction that qualified as possibly the worst title experience EVER.... A few days prior to the contracted closing date, our agent received a blank digital closing package with instructions that consisted of "s...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 73
  My right palm is itching.....hmmm....we know what that is coming our way.  You are not to itch or rub your palm, but close your fist and envision the money to come. For people who believe in creative visualization, vision boards and the power of positive may wish t...
By Shannon Shimabukuro
(Market Leader (now Trulia), Senior Trainer)
Comments 64
In the majority of my adult life, I'm realizing that I've historically been a pretty negative thinker.  I always thought we, "the human race", in our quest for excellence are supposed to never be happy with the status quo.  To me, being content was a death sentence... because if you're content, y...
By ActiveRain Real Estate Network
Comments 50
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 Mark Edwards, East West Realty
(East West Communities, Hampton Roads, Virginia)
Comments 0
Shopping for that last minute Christmas gift? Traveling home for the holidays? Thinking about kicking back to watch your favorite football bowl games over the holidays? How about thinking about your goals for the coming year. Now's the time to make your New Year's Resolutions for 2015.    Let's ...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 2
   You never learned what to say? what to do to see advantages of open houses   There are a few things many agents do not know when they begin holding an open house. Have you ever thought about the real estate business and how little knowledge a person acquires prior to going out and doing someth...
By Mahesh Mike Patel, Call Me And Consider It Done!
(First Team Real Estate)
Comments 8
15 Ways To Have A Highly Successful 2015   Next year can be your year.  Here's how.. I was reading through a magazine and I came across this article about having a highly successful 2015. Even though it is geared towards real estate agents and brokers, it could apply to any  career and also to on...
By Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
Comments 23
  Robert Vegas Bob Swetz "Embarrassed" after referring ActiveRain client to Las Vegas Realtor    This is not the first time this has happened to Vegas Bob and he is quite disappointed by some actions of Real Estate agents in Las Vegas Nevada. Vegas Bob received a text message from one of his ass...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 11
Take the Time to Get the Facts  “Every mistake that I made - and we all make mistakes – come because I didn’t take the time to, get the facts. I didn’t drive hard enough.” Charles Knight 1791 - 1873, English Publisher, Editor, and Author     As I see it. . . . . . . . Take the time to get the fac...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 4
Don’t Overreact , , , , Act With a  Purpose “The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.” George Bernard Shaw 1856 - 1950, Irish Playwright, Co-Founder of the London School of Economics   As I see it . . . . . . . Don’t overreact . . . . Act with a purpose   Your future is...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 7
You’ll experience changing conditions . . . . and storms in your life and on your success journey. When the going gets rough . . . . you will fall back on your faith in yourself and in your course of action to right your success journey and to get back on course. Please visit the original blog if...
By Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester
(Empire Realty Group)
Comments 19
Lately I have been going through my e-mail and even a few post's in the "Rain" and have seen the phrase Merry Christmas all over the place. In the past I was as politically correct as the next in always saying Happy Holidays; but this is really a problem in that I did not know what actually made ...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 3
We all want to be successful in our life, career. What better time of the year it will be other than a new year when we have our new years resolutions? Here are some in this re-post from Mahesh Mike Patel - 15 tips for 2015. 15 Ways To Have A Highly Successful 2015   Next year can be your year.  ...
By Azmi Alkurd, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Lifestyles
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Lifestyles)
Comments 5
         Being that all of us here on Activerain are blogging and bloggers, I thought it would be good to share some valuable information regarding Copyright Infringement.  Copyright law is very complex and has been expanded through the decades to accommodate new forms of publication, including a...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 11
When the Going Gets Rough “A leader, once convinced a particular course of action is the right one, must have the determination to stick with it and be undaunted when the going gets rough.” Ronald Reagan 1911 - 2004, 40th President of the United States   As I see it . . . . . . . When the going g...
By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
Comments 2
Are You a Professional REALTOR® ? I went to a continuing education class yesterday on Commissioner's Standards from a marketing point of view. I wanted to share some of the "this and that" stats that I really found of interest: If Realtors® wonder why the public may not treat them as professional...
By Deb "Alayne" Brooks, 940-500-4010 Wichita Falls Real Estate
(Alayne Brooks, Re/Max Elite Group, Wichita Falls Texas)
Comments 27
  We all know that words spoken, inflection of voice and timing all have a great deal to do with our POWER OF COMMUNICATION. What one person hears may come across as totally different from another person that hears the same thing. Remember the old game where we would sit in a circle and whisper a...