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 Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
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  I have experienced the dirty side of the world of real estate!   I can site numerous situations that we as agents, inspectors, appraisers, surveyors and others find ourselves in on a daily basis.  This can be a dirty business for sure!   Some of my dirty little secrets in this business that ha...
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)
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Listing Agents, Use the KISS Principle You have a great listing and want lots of showings. So why make it hard on the other agents to show. Listing Agents, Use the KISS Principle. Make the access easy and the instructions simple. Do whatever you can to make agents want to show your listings not d...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
( | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Zoning Laws . . . The Hidden Governing Factor Under all is land . . . but under land is -- ZONING!! Most people don't realize that Zoning Laws are here . . . there . . . and everywhere.  In real estate, Zoning Laws are not discussed all that often, unless there's some type of dispute.  B...
By Jason Potrzeba, Private Money & Commercial Mortgage Broker - MA/RI
(Acadia Advisory Group LLC)
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  Time Traps by Todd Duncan.     This is a great book that can be applied to your entire life and not just your work.   This book focuses on your daily tasks and how you can recognize the tasks that are productive and separate them from the ones that are unnecessary and soak up valuable time.   ...
By Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service
(The Jordon Wheeler Group)
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Who Needs All Those Pictures?  Buyers DO! Yesterday I took a moment out of my extremely busy schedule to go see a listing with an agent not a part of my firm.  The listing agent and I had conducted business on a previous transaction, and the listing agent grew to like my way of conducting busines...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 110
3 Tips for Lazy Prospectors   Did you know that there are some real estate professionals that hate prospecting or just never seem to get around to prospecting?  Yes it's true!  Every month while teaching CE courses I purposely bring up the subject of prospecting to see who's doing what an...
By Rich Gaasenbeek, Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!
(IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM)
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A lot of REALTORS® aren’t aware of important best practices when it comes to real estate contact management. Agents who excel in effective contact management forge strong relationships with their sphere and get the vast majority of their business from past clients in the form of repeat business a...
By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
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Staying in touch after the closing is extremely important for your business.  Here are some good pointers on ways to keep in touch.   There are many other ways, too.  Birthdays, anniversaries, hobbies, neighborhood news and just a friendly hello.  Whatever your methods, reach out and touch those ...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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Turn the Boat around and go Downstream   Motivation is tricky thing.  Over the years I've been to a ton of  'motivational' events with great speakers.  But can it really motivate somebody or is it more like a 'pick me up' for a day or so?  My vote is the latter and here is why...
By Michelle Carr-Crowe-Selling Silicon Valley Homes in Top Schools San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Palo Alto-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Just Call 408-252-8900 Lynbrook Homes Cupertino KW)
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Got Obstacles? Get Solutions! Overcoming Obstacles Free 1 pm, Aug. 19 By Michelle Carr Crowe, Cupertino real estate agent Are you experiencing, and frustrated by, obstacles in your real estate practice?   Bring your challenging obstacles to Keller Williams Cupertino's "Ask the Experts&qu...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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  IMAGINE when you can earn over $100,000 a year from a part time job of 10 to 15 hours a week!   And it took me over 30 years to figure this out!   Then too one of my problems has always been being able to FOCUS….WOW if I had just known 3 things I know now 30 years ago, When you look at it this ...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 69
Not Going to Happen This Week Mr Google!   All week long I've been reading and paying attention to the 'new normal' for Mr Google to be happy.  Of course we all want to be known as an expert and now we'll be WORDY experts. I'll be honest it does kind of make my head spin think...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  We Dream . . . . But Not Equally “All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that is was vanity, but the dreams of the day are dangerous men for they may act on their dreams, with open eyes, to make it possible.” T. E. La...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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As we research the latest and greatest in website design, we keep in mind two factors in our design of websites: brand strategy integration, and user experience.  Here are 4 tips: In terms of brand strategy integration, the site’s aesthetics should represent the brand in all its aspects.  For in...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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Early on a Saturday morning, we got a phone call.  It was a neighbor behind one of our listings.  This particular property is a vacant 2 family home in need of serious repair.  The neighbor told us that the back door on the second floor was open.  She sounded concerned. The owner doesn't live...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Plant Your Thoughts in Rich Soil “Affirmations are like seeds planted in soil. Poor soil, poor growth. Rich soil abundant growth. The more you choose to think thoughts that make you feel good, the quicker the affirmation works.” Louise L. Hay, American Motivational Speaker and Author   As I see...
By Jordana Tobel
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As territory manager for Carrington Real Estate South Florida, we have sales meetings via conference call every Wednesday for 30 minutes. Every week, I keep track of things that I feel are important to discuss on an upcoming call such as: commission issues that come up, compliance reminders, prob...
By Donna Yates Real Estate - serving, North Georgia Metro & Mountains
(ReMax Town and Country)
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It's a dirty job but someone has to...   I like Paula's title better!  A great post that is beneficial to clients and agents alike and I can tell you from experience, clients in need of these things will truly appreciate that an agent was thoughtful enough to have them on hand.  (Not to m...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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  Extraordinary People Are “The difference between extraordinary people and ordinary  people is as simple as the difference between the words. Extraordinary people are committed to doing the extra things that ordinary people won’t.” Christine Kennedy, Competitive Runner      As I see it. . . . . ...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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Your Sphere of Influence is comprised of people you're friends with, people you're related to, people with whom you've done business, and people you hope to do business with. It also includes referral partners. The best way to increase business isn't cold calling strangers. It'...