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 Mike Tizzano, Protect Your Transaction Certified Lender
(Amerifirst Financial, Inc NMLS 145368 LO:1015837)
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is cracking down on Marketing Service Agreements.  If as a lender, settlement provider, or agent you are engaged in an MSA it is imperative that you know the rules surrounding it.  It is also imperative that your MSA is a legitimate agreement and not a cov...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 11
Do you have an absolutely perfect business? Do you have enough leads to keep you busy, make more money than you need, and still keeping time for your private life?   No?     Good.   I never want to feel smug or over-confident. It's the surest path to slacking off. Most of us really are at our bes...
By Debe Maxwell, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | Savvy + Company Real Estate)
Comments 19
The Debate Over Escalation Clauses - The REAL Fiduciary Duty Lies with US   We’ve exhausted the discussions of pocket listings and drone photography so, I suppose it’s time we move on to the next hot topic!  Recently we have had many heated debates over Escalation Clauses.  Escalation Clauses are...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 30
I was shocked, yes shocked to see that our 2nd highest social referral platform behind Facebook was Pinterest.  Not Twitter but Pinterest!?!? This should be a big eye-opener for us all.  You are doing an injustice to your posts and social sharing if you're excluding Pinterest from the mix.  Thous...
By Brady Saunders, The HomeLand Team of Keller Williams Realty
(Keller Williams Realty, Spring Hill)
Comments 18
As I sat listening to my youngest son's baseball coach last night in the cold, drizzling rain....the entrepreneurial spirit in me picked up on something that I felt I had to share with all my fellow peers who own businesses and support their families from their own productivity within the busines...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 5
    Continue to Try “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”  Beverly Sills, American Opera Soprano   As I see it. . . . . . . . Continue to try   Try, Try and Try Again . . . . until you achieve your goals.   Many of the most success people have experienced mas...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Life of Purpose and Direction “Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” John F. Kennedy 1917 - 1963, 35th President of the United States    As I see it . . . . . . . A life of purpose and direction   Your life needs a purpose and a direction to achieve your goals . . ....
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 4
Once again, Lou gives us sage words to live by. Far too many times we engage in knee-jerk reactions when life throws us a curve ball. Decide to Act and Not React “The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.” George Bernard Shaw 1856 – 1950, Irish Playwright and co-Founder ...
By Tabitha Rector-Richardson, Creating Homeowners One Family at a Time...
(Premier Homes Realty)
Comments 4
Your Realtor Is Like Your Lawyer   I have a client who we've become very fond of one another.  I sold her home when she was going through a divorce two years ago which was a tough time.  Now she is ready to get back in the game and become a homeowner again!  My client is very specific about what ...
By John Helmick, Success Coach & Home Inspection Co. Owner
(John Helmick Success & Ohio Property Inspection Services)
Comments 4
    For those of you who sell a lot of existing homes built before 1978 - AND especially built before 1950 - This should help to give you some good pointers about the OFTEN MIS-UNDERSTOOD topic of lead-based paint. Homes that may have lead-based paint can be kept safe from lead exposure. The KEY...
By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Comments 9
I feel Alan has the right Idea and I do much the same. I hate when a client tells me after a fe months "Well it's ok." I try and talk my clients out of a purchase by pointing out the negatives.   I also hate when a client wants out of a contract before we close. See what Alan has to say. ometimes...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 1
Pauline makes ponts here that those of us in real estate and consultative sales need to understand.  All too often real estate agents and others in sales expect instant gratification on everyting form joining a networking group to engaging a new prospect.  Sales needs to understand that developin...
By Brenda Mayette
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Comments 14
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 Tabitha Rector-Richardson, Creating Homeowners One Family at a Time...
(Premier Homes Realty)
Comments 29
    Get Your House Spring Ready   We are a few day away from the Spring season, although you may not be able to tell by the prediction of several inches of snow expected tomorrow.  However, look past the current cold temperatures and look forward to the warmer weather, longer days and family and ...
By Tracy Lee Parker, Experienced Broker & Property Managers Since 2006
(RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
Comments 28
Does "selling" experience really count in Real Estate?  We all probably worked in other fields before we got in Real Estate.  Some of us probably had "selling" experience of some sort.  It is rare in my area to work with someone who is right out of highschool or college selling homes. So it makes...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 33
Listing and selling real estate is a very stressful profession.  Working on a commission basis is always stressful, since we need income every month to survive.  Yet, there are many agents who have little or no monthly   income, yet they continue to represent themselves as real estate sales agen...
By Joshua Frederick, Home Inspector - Northwest Ohio
(Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC)
Comments 71
As a Home Inspector, I run into a lot of components and systems around the house that are just in need of a little tender lovin' and care and really aren't that big of a deal. There's so many Inspectors out there that make mountains out of mole hills. I've always believed that a little TLC can br...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 12
Decide to Act and Not React “The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.” George Bernard Shaw 1856 – 1950, Irish Playwright and co-Founder of the London School of Economics   As I see it . . . . . . . Decide to act and not react   Your future is a blank canvass . . . . th...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
Comments 2
The 20 Headed Hydra or Focus, Focus, Focus Yesterday I spoke to a client who voiced concern that he feels like his business is a '20-Headed Hydra;' and time management and time blocking to focus on his unique talents is difficult. My response is that he only needs to focus on three things: Client...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Simple Feng Shui Wealth Cure for Your Home: Dragon Turtles   A fast and easy Feng Shui cure you could try with helping to increase wealth is with the use of Dragon Turtles. This cure is known for attracting wealth, protection and improving career opportunities.   Here is break down of the animal'...