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 William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Comments 60
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 Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 60
 Recently While Showing Houses I Noticed  Recently while showing houses I noticed the houses were owned by Real Estate agents .  These facts were not discovered before showing the property.  I discovered ownership either while showing or after .  I am aware in every state Real Estate  laws vary a...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 37
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 Richie Alan Naggar author PEARLS FOR THE SOUL .com books, Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose + Real Estate too?
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
Comments 3
I have a policy in place that works quite well for many reasons which I will share. First the policy of which I hint at in the title of the posting. In my neighborhood, if you have a Real Estate need, when you come to me, you get the neighbor discount just for being my neighbor. Lucky you and luc...
By Kim Norton, YOUR Realtor for Northwest Arkansas!
(Keller Williams Market Pro Realty)
Comments 1
I've seen several great blogs over the past few weeks on Passion, Enthusiam and First Impressions.  All were good articles that have really made me think and disect my own business and relationships.    Am I genuinley enthusiastic?  Or am I fakey fake enthusiastic -- counterfit? What is the take ...
By Richie Alan Naggar author PEARLS FOR THE SOUL .com books, Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose + Real Estate too?
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
Comments 9
I have had this happen to me three to five times in my Real Estate career where my client or principal has just as much or more savvy as to what we needed to get done and why as I did. It was awkward for me to have to switch hats from always being on point to carrying out specific instructions re...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
Comments 0
We have more clients asking for help with Expired Marketing for mailing and calling. See HERE for some of our ideas and systems and see below for discussion.  Watch Video Now - Short 2 Minutes Subscribe to our YouTube videos HERE.   ·FSBO Marketing Plan - We have combined calling and mailing plan...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 122
 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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 6
Your Yesterdays are Cancelled Checks “A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong which is but saying . . . That he is wiser today than yesterday.” Jonathan Swift 1667 - 1745, Anglo-Irish Essayist, Poet and Cleric   As I see it . . . . . . .   Your yesterdays are cancelled...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
Comments 22
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 Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 12
  Market conditions are different everywhere...and yes...we do know that "it only takes one" buyer and the house is sold.  For a long time....with a glut of homes on the market, time was better spent in other ways..Sellers less interrupted....and for us...Open Houses....during this time, were "cl...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 0
  First thought comes to mind…   When you read those first words, did the thought go through your mind that you could not do it? Then working on your self-talk would be an excellent priority to begin working on. Maybe the second thought would be to sit alone, where it is quiet, and could you put...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 13
An Optimist Will  Go for It “If you are talented, you can really do anything. And if your heart is at the right place and you have the passion for it, you can go for it and do it. Heidi Klum, German Model, Television Host, Businesswoman, Fashion Desirer, Film Producer, Actress   As I see it . . ...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 29
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 Rene Fabre, New Media Marketing
(First American Title)
Comments 17
I watched a TEDx talk a few months ago given by Sally Kohn, “Don’t like clickbait? Don’t click.” Sally is a lawyer, political commentator, and CEO of Movement Vision Lab, a grassroots think tank. In this short conversation she makes some big points that I continue to think about. In this age we’r...
By Inna Ivchenko, Los Angeles / Valley Homes
(Mannis Real Estate Group)
Comments 10
The California Association of Realtors conducted a survey to determine if staging a home increase its sales price. Home stagers and real estate agents are teaming up more and more to give turnkey service to the seller, staging a listing  to help a buyer see it as a home. Staging makes a house loo...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 12
Inna's question is one I think most home sellers ask themselves. Is it worth the money? Is it worth the effort?  Home staging never made it to our small town while I was licensed, so I have no personal experience to draw on. Shoot, sometimes it seemed like we were lucky to convince sellers to mak...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 48
Agents Who Text  . . . Pretty Sloppy Record Keeping If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times . . . real estate is not only about location, location, location.  For the real estate practioner, real estate is about another "L" word: Legal, Legal, Legal! The practice of representing a cli...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
Comments 2
This spring consider dressing up your driveway! We often don't give enough thought to curb appeal. One way to get attention on your block is to tastefully add colorful flowers along your driveway.  Stay away from yard toys like large pink flamingo's and gnomes.  Keep the natural look. Create int...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 157
Oh how easy it is to say “cut that client loose” but how often will an agent actually practice that action.  It’s not as easy to do as it is to say!!!  Yet, there are times when it needs to be done immediately. The longer one waits to make the decision to “break free” of the “chains that bind yo...