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 Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 88
What's a stupid counter offer?   Folks let's get this right up front - every real estate offer situation is different but when it comes to counter offers some are wise and well advised and some are flat out stupid.  I ran across a stupid counter offer the other day. In fact it was probabl...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 54
Should You Share Scuttlebutt About the Neighborhood with Your Seller? In the last few weeks I have had cases where I  have heard things said about the neighborhoods in which I have listings. These are not factual statements and are more an opinion or conjecture. However as you can imagine these r...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 13
This past weekend while showing houses my buyer and I decided to stop by a nearby Open House. Inside was the listing agent and several other people viewing the home. I introduced myself as a Realtor and let the other agent know that my buyers and I were going to take a look around. When we were d...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or
Comments 20
I am a Kroger shopper. It's close to my home and I know where everything is located in the store. Tonight, I decided to venture out to Whole Foods in hopes of scoring some Pretzel buns; something Kroger doesn't carry. This store can be a little intimidating to those of us who don't re...
By James Dray, AR., MO., or OK. I can find the home for you.
(Wise Custom Realty)
Comments 10
  Can I get a witness?   Although Madam Justice is blindfolded she does not deal out justice fairly or does she?  She does not regard your race, ethnicity, sex marital status or anything other than the facts of a case.  She does not care if you are fat, skinny, black, white, or any color in-betwe...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 6
  The Art of Creating and Recreating Yourself  “People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds. It is something one creates.” Thomas Szasz, Psychiatrist   As I see it. . . . . . . .   The art of creating and recreating yourself   You d...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 4
Having just updated our monthly report of real estate supply and demand in Tallahassee, I am concerned about the rate at which the number of homes on the market is growing in relation to the current number of buyers in the market. This report will take a closer look at how many homes are on the m...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 11
  There’s Only One Person Responsible For You Succes “The list of reason for not doing very well is actually a very short list. It should contain only your name.”   Larry Winget, Motivational Author and Speaker,   From the Book “You’re Broke Because You Want to be”   As I see it . . . . . . .   T...
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
Comments 9
There are times I get a lot of pushback from home sellers or home buyers in Sacramento who don't want to fill out paperwork or don't understand when we ask for paperwork that we're not dinging around. There are valid reasons we need paperwork completed and signed. It's not just to...
By Christian Penner, Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
Comments 0
Balancing Risk, Reward in West Palm Beach Seller Financing Agreements When home prices in West Palm Beach are on the rise, one side effect is that first-time homebuyers may run into a financing obstacle. Although the stricter lending standards of the past few years have been easing somewhat, it ...
By Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739
(Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ)
Comments 0
How Realtors® show homes…...what’s your showing type?   At the open house I held on Sunday, I had a large turn out including two different couples being escorted by their Realtor®.  One agent introduced herself, presented her card and asked if she could show the home.  The other just dropped her ...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 139
Are open houses more important now than ever before? That's a point of discussion that came up in my weekly telephone conversation this morning with my accountability buddy, Carol Skees. While open houses are common practice in my area of the country (San Francisco, San Mateo County, and the ...
By Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Naked Blogger 541-659-1620
(Real Estate Cafe LLC)
Comments 102
Many have asked why I chose the pen name... The Naked Blogger.  Especially since I'm a relatively conservative gal who's pretty much chosen the straight and narrow path through life... accompanied by a trusted moral compass.  So what's all the fuss about The Naked Blogger?   When I wa...
By Lee Davenport, Our Business Is Your Success! 404.444.5777
(RE/MAX Around Atlanta)
Comments 57
Whether you are a lifelong learner that relishes reading the latest New York Times bestseller or if being a bookworm is not your thang, it is hard to ignore what many real estate agents call the Agent Alphabet Soup - the various designations and certifications in the real estate industry.  You c...
By Debe Maxwell, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
( | Savvy + Company Real Estate)
Comments 22
Communication | Brevity vs. Brilliant Explication Success in this business truly boils down to mastering two key components of our jobs - beyond principles (honesty, integrity, etc.) -  1.  Impeccable 'Project Management' skills 2.  Excellent communication skills. Project (transaction) ma...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 10
The last few days of a transaction are critical! Communication is always important! I have found that often the last two days of a transaction can make the difference if you have a happy buyer or seller. Often times it makes the difference if you will get more referrals from the buyer or the sell...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 50
Are You an Investigative Real Estate Agent?   A client of mine owns a horse ranch outside of the Metro Phoenix Area in the Whitman area. The client, by the way was referred to me by a fellow ActiveRain member  in 2009. Last week my client called me wanting to look into purchasing 5 acres that is ...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 36
Multitasking is another way of describing how a disorganized person attempts to complete many tasks.  Multitasking in the real estate business is another way of describing “stepping on a grenade.”  Multitasking does not exist.  It’s another name for chaos. Have you ever watched someone “multi-ta...
By Erin Bates, Your Colorado Home Source
(Aspen Lane Real Estate)
Comments 42
Are you in the process of buying a home? You may have discovered that we are in a very competitive market right now. Many houses will sell in one day with multiple offers. This can be a frustrating time for many home buyers, but, with the right “ingredients” you will be “cookin’ with fire” in no ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
Comments 2
What do you do better than anyone else?   Some of us have a difficult time telling people what we do better than anyone else. No, this is not bragging. Telling your story is all about you and what you do better than anyone else is an important part of your personal brand. If you happen to love wh...