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 Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 67
The primary function of our website is to bring us business. The easiest way to do that is to provide ways for buyers to easily search for properties. While buyers will also find a multitude of other information on the site, the search feature is the big star of our website. There are always exce...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 173
Am I the Dinosaur in the Real Estate World Today  ?  I was reading an article today and listening to agents talking about not having to meet with clients in person  . Social media devices ,cell phones , texting ,doc u sign this was the way to go .   But I feel it is better to sit down with your c...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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  Would you invest $200? In order to maybe earn $20,000 more in the next six to 12 months?   You may or may not already do this. And if you already do this, I would LOVE TO HEAR FROM you as to what change you saw when you increased the # of open house signs.   Over the years I have heard of open...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Be a Master of the Details “Small difference in your performance can lead to large differences in your results.” Brian Tracy, Self-Help Author and Motivational Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . . . Be a master of the details and standout in your field   You can’t do . . . . and be everything for e...
By Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
(REALTY ONE GROUP - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 702.443.7156 )
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  Robert Vegas Bob Swetz "Embarrassed" after referring ActiveRain client to Las Vegas Realtor    This is not the first time this has happened to Vegas Bob and he is quite disappointed by some actions of Real Estate agents in Las Vegas Nevada. Vegas Bob received a text message from one of his ass...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team, New Home Construction and Luxury Specialist!
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
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In 2009, I was blessed to be brought into a new family by a dear friend of mine and I can say without any reservation, it has been a life altering transformation in PAY IT FORWARD. For a guy that came from extremely humble beginnings, I always worked hard and nothing was ever given to me except c...
By Christopher Pagli, William Raveis Legends Realty
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group)
Comments 5
    The first part of this photo is very sweet and the only time I think it's appropriate to beg for Facebook "likes".  I quit smoking 7 years ago because I wanted to live, period.  Now that I have a daughter I owe it to her to be around as long as possible.     The second part of this is someth...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Don’t Waste Your Time Worrying “People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and New Years, but they really should be worried about what you eat between the new year and Christmas.” Bill Vaughn   As I see it. . . . . . . . Don’t waste your time worrying   Worrying about the past . ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 18
Know any good agents?   While meeting a mortgage lender in the next office suite, he asked my name and told me he knew a mutual aquaintance. Being new to the area, he asked him if he knew any good, experienced agents in the southern Utah area. He happened to mention my name.   This is not a boast...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 44
Keeping Your Eye On That Target Tree in the DistanceI first started driving tractor when I was seven as many farm kids do and by the the time I left for college a decade later I had clocked an untold number of hours perfecting the art of working farm fields.One of the techniques that my father an...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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Lou makes such an excellent point in this blog post. So many people confuse activity with progress and they are not the same thing. You can run circles around a room all day and be busy but you never actually went anywhere.  Are You Busy or Proactive? “Busy can be like sitting on a rocking horse ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Curious Mine of a Child   “All the people we call ‘geniuses’ are men and women who somehow escaped having to put that curious wondering child in themselves to sleep.” Barbara Sheer, Author   As I see it. . . . . . . . The curious mind of a child . . . .   Reawaken . . . . the wonderment of th...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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You Have a Gift “We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” Marie Curik, Physicist   As I see it. . . . . . . . You have a gift     You were born with a special gift. That gift is within ...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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His Wants -  Her Wants - Reality   A  couple was referred to me several years ago by a long time friend/client.  For several years prior to their retirement back east they received automatic email searches for townhomes in Scottsdale. This is what they said they wanted, to be close to their frien...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Reaching for the Stars “I’d rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could be is a maybe who is reaching for a star. I’d rather be a has-been than a might- have-been, by far; for a might have-been, has never been, but a has was once an are.” Milton Berle 1908 - 2002, American Comedia...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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                              "What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist or the dusky dusk," said the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz?  Courage! I changed my Brokerage Firm from Keller Williams Realty Dallas Metro North in Flower Mound after more than eleven years and moved my ...
By Michelle Spalding
(Transaction Management Consultants)
Comments 8
Over the years as a Transaction Coordinator I’ve met a lot of talented and successful Realtors. Some where just starting out and excited about the future, others had been in the business for a while and a bigger vision for where they wanted to go. As I learned about what their current real estate...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Live your life stretching for your goals . . . . and reaching for the stars both are there for you if you’re willing to continue reach and try. Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. Reaching for the Stars “I’d rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could be ...
By Dave Hill PhD,ePro,SFR,CIAS,BPOR,CNE,CSC Chicago Area Real Estate Agent
(Midwest Premier Realty, Gurnee IL 224-321-0699)
Comments 4
However many times you've repeated over and over to yourself that the customer is always right, there will be times when you simply have to draw the line and tell the customer that he or she is wrong. It may be due to a manipulative client who is trying to wring concessions from you, or it may ju...
By John DL Arendsen, Contractor, RE Brk, Factory Built Home Dealer/Devl
(ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
Comments 3
Ha! My oldest daughter and her family recently moved to Austin from Laguna Beach. Talk about a culture shock. Albeit they do love Texas and will probably make it their permanent home for a lot of reasons the dare not tell anyone where they're from as they've come to find out that Texans don't car...