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 Pauline Donnelly, Real Estate Coach
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“Take one single moment to feel sorry for yourself, and then bounce back better than ever.” Barbara Corcoran I’m a big fan of real estate icon Barbara Corcoran and saw her post this on Facebook this week. It’s timely, because recently I’ve had a lot of real estate agents talk to me about how to ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
The Importance of Knowing When To Say No “Success depends on getting good at saying no without feeling guilty. You cannot get ahead with your own goals if your always saying yes to someone else’s projects. You can only get ahead with your desired lifestyle if you are focused on the things that w...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 1
  How to Write a NADOTA* Offer & Win Every Time   So you know who your author and speaker is:   I HAVE NEVER LOST IN MUTIPLE OFFER SITUATIONS IN OVER 28 YEARS   Real estate agents representing buyers, you will enjoy representing buyers when you are winning all of the time when there are multiple ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 12
Your Passion Creates Energy “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” Oprah Winfrey, Talk Show Host     As I see it. . . . . . . . Your passion creates energy   When you look at successful people you will find . . . . that they have common traits that make...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
Comments 1
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 Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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Using the Sales Agreement Repair Addendum the Right Way    When all is said and done after the signing of a purchase and sales agreement for a house you want to sell, you move to the next step.  In my state it is the 10 day period the buyer has to do home inspections and request any repairs neede...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 12
I recently saw an online post, written by a colleague in a different state about many things that still need to be done after the contract has been signed and agreed to.  For some consumers, they feel that the Realtor's job is done.  Far from it. I've taken that post, and modified it some to appl...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 15
Multiple offers. It's the phrase that throws fear and uncertainty into an already difficult situation when talking about purchasing a home. Different agents and different agencies handle multiple offers differently, so it's not a bad idea, when you represent a buyer, to ask the listing agent how ...
By William Piotrowski
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  Living a Life that is Meaningful 1. First, figure out what matters most to you. 2. Have the courage to live that life, no matter how hard it is, and no matter how much others mock or criticise you because of it. 3. Don’t look to others for affirmation and approval. You need to be true to yours...
By Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire
(Marshall Enterprises)
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When Your Clients Move, Suggest an OPEN ME FIRST Box Everyone HATES moving.  They like getting there and being there.  They rarely like the in between.  However, it can be less stressful if they take a few moments to think about what they will need between leaving here and living there!  If you ...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 4
I recently attended the designation course for the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing here in Houston.  It truly was one of the best real estate courses that I have ever attended!  Two days of excellent information that was well presented and full of ideas and tips that I will begin using immedi...
By Inspiration Station
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This weekend it's time to Spring Forward!     On Sunday March 8th, it's time to change the clocks one hour ahead. We may lose an hour but we're gaining more and more light as we continue to tilt closer to the sun.  I can already see the dog getting more walks, boat rides and outdoor movies! This ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 4
Being top of mind in your marketplace as luxury real estate marketing professionals requires having a remarkable presentation package, that is memorable and makes you stand out from the pack.  Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. Being top of mind in your marketplace as l...
By Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California
(Crown Key Realty)
Comments 5
Saturday: Open house. Agent comes in with clients. Says, really like the property but we won't be writing because you are over priced. I say, write an offer based on what you and clients think its worth. He says , no we will wait till you drop the price. Sunday: Same open. Clients come in with di...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 21
Being top of mind in your marketplace as luxury real estate marketing professionals requires having a remarkable presentation package, that is memorable and makes you stand out from the pack.    Those who manufacture and sell cosmetics understand the concept of standing out with fierce competiti...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
Take the Personal Responsibility for Your Future “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the winds, but you can change yourself. That is something you can have charge of.” Jim Rohn 1930 - 2009, American Entrepreneur, a American Author, Motivat...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
Comments 1
What do your Buyer's Agents Actually do with 40-50 Hours per Week? Well, they are either calling leads, showing buyers or not working.  Most buyer's agents do not work about 50% of the time. They are not managed. They are not held accountable. Do you have this problem? We can help ASAP. Best Agen...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 5
Learning is Not Compulsory “Learning is not compulsory. . . neither is survival.”  Dr. W. Edwards Deming, Consultant, Author   As I see it. . . . . . . . Learning is not compulsory   Moving into future without learning new skills and acquiring new knowledge is like leaving on a cross country tri...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 14
 Ask “Why” “Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one to ask why.” Bernard Baruch, American Statesman   As I see it . . . . . . . Ask “why”   Ask questions . . . . to gain insight.   Ask questions . . . . to gather more information.   Ask questions . . . . to understand.   Ask question...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Comments 6
Marketing real estate property listings, it is like being a cook with many pots on the burners  that need tending. The tall empty crock pot with the basic ingredients sliced, diced. Made to walk the wooden plank. With a knife plowing sideways, pushing them in off the cutting board. Into the soup....