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!

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By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 17
At the beginning of the month, when Grant Schneider first announced his March contest, asking us what we had stopped doing in 2015 I was a bit flummoxed - after all, the year was just underway. But, his question was beautifully timed since it made me think: what had I stopped doing? And in the la...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 6
Your Actions Will Define You “Do you want to know who your are. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” Thomas Jefferson 1743 - 1826, Founding Father and Third President of the United States, Principal author of the Declaration of Independence   As I see it . . . . . . . . Your actions will ...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
Comments 4
Today, I was reminded how building strong  client relationships is mutually beneficial. I was on my way to a showing. I was almost there and heard a funny noise coming from the rear of my car. At first, I thought it was a possible flat tire but then I remembered I had just replaced my tires four ...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 6
We binged Breaking Bad a few months ago. If you haven't seen the show yet, it was a tremendous series featuring science teacher Walter White who, diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, decided to take on a less than traditional way to provide for his family in his death. The characters are well dev...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 39
Being Transparent ~ Let Them See Who You Really Are! Today as I met with my networking group, we were discussing the character attributes that we value and hope our clients can clearly see.  I wrote that one of my character attributes is transparency.  Allowing others to see who you really are is...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 102
 Instructions say two hours notice I am trying to set up appointments for properties Sometimes companies that have these properties listed have appointment centers . That is good I have had wonderful experiences with them . Many times you can set up your appointment on line . This allows you the ...
By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Comments 22
I met with a couple and went over all the issues to be concerned about when selling. Disclosures, certifications, water tests, just to name a few. When I called a couple of days later...I was told by the seller that I was wrong...He didn't have to have the septic certified. Who told you that? My ...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 30
This is the photo of a wine label.  It is very simple. The label is a single strip and it looks like it is handwritten calligraphy.  It is in Latin, Ex Umbris, which means “From shadows”.  It is a standout amid the usual wine labels. The bottle itself has no outer foil or wax to remove.  All you...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 6
Maintain Your Composure Under Pressure “Pressure makes diamonds.” General George Patton 1885 – 1945, General United States Army General   As I see it . . . . . . . Maintain your composure under pressure    You are very much like a diamond . . . . and your true self will be molded under the press...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
Self-Confidence is Required “Self confidence is the first requisite to any successful undertakings.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . . Self-confidence   True self-confidence is developed through concentrating on yo...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 17
Stretch Yourself Beyond Your Limits “No matter how many goals you have achieve, you must set your sights on a higher one.” Jessica Savitch 1947 – 1983, American Television Broadcaster, News Reporter   As I see it . . . . . . .  . Stretch yourself beyond your limits   Set your sights high . . . ....
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 3
 When working with tenants – this is how I win EVERY TIME!   That is correct! And you can watch the link here now and see how simple it is. Then too I have always been a type of person who if I was not winning, I was looking every day, and thinking every hour just how I would move to the next lev...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 42
You Are So Nice I Am Happy To Do The Work And Not Charge You   That is what someone said to me when I asked what he would charge to install 3 smoke detectors and brace and strap a water heater.   I've been accused of many things in my lifetime and being nice is definitely among those things. But ...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 0
  Wondering why gazelle intensity? research the gazelle out running the fastest animal on earth, the cheetah     Are you new to sales? Considering getting into sales? Don’t like sales? Have a passion for sales? Experiencing awesome success in sales? Having difficulty and struggling in sales?   Wh...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 5
Angry Agents: What to do?  If you have been in this business for any period of time you have probably run into an angry agent.  Quite often they have been around for a long time and will tell you so immediately.  These are people who have grown up in the days when no agent was your friend, when n...
By Agent Aaron Vaughn, REALTOR® Listing Specialist, The $500 Million Marketing Advantage
(Capitol Home Team | Austin TX)
Comments 126
Is murder of Beverly Carter a lesson for real estate agents? I hope so This is a "tough love" post. If you are overly sensitive, please move on. =) This morning, the inevitable became news: The body of Beverly Carter, kidnapped real estate agent, was found in a shallow grave. Within seconds, soci...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 9
There's been a fair amount of conversation, lately, about door-knocking as a marketing plan, or as part of a marketing plan. Personally, I don't do it, never have. When I first started in this business many of my mentors suggested that as a newbie, I should do cold-calling (this was well before t...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 21
Apparently the cell outage that knocked out my cell phone may have had something to do with a 2.9 earthquake that ocurred in the Chicago area at 6:08 this evening. I tried to make a call at 6:10 and couldn't get through for the next three hours, or so. The U.S. geological survey reported that the...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
Comments 5
  Why is it that the warning in the airplane lavatory will read: Do not touch, tamper, disable or destroy this device?    The reason is clear, everything that goes to court dies the death of a thousand cuts. Someone prevailed in court by saying they had not touched the smoke detector, they simpl...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 37
A team is only as good as its weakest link.  As leader of a team you need to make sure that there are no weak links.  The Westchester County Businesses that I coach do not work on strengthening those weak links.  No, they work on leveraging each individual's strengths.  They insist on having the ...