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 Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 32
Waiting and wondering creates stress - you can help alleviate it. Most of us have traveled enough to have experienced the dreaded airline "delay." We rush to the airport, rush through security, rush to the gate, only to see crowds of people waiting for the plane. An easy and smart way for airline...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 7
Zillow thinks I am in Iowa, but First Weber seems to get it Right. I have been searching for real estate for several decades, always on the hunt for properties. Back in the pre-internet days you would find me checking out the classifieds in every paper that crossed my path. Now with the blessing ...
By Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® 512-587-5689, Your Cedar Park & Leander, REALTOR®
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR®)
Comments 30
Who are our Home Buyers Today?    Understanding where our buyers come from helps us develop systems to better understand how to work with a particular mindset.   What do buyers want? What motivates them to buy from us? Figuring out what persuades and motivates potential home buyers is a key facto...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 2
What You Will - Will Be “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine  what  you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” George Bernard Shaw, Irish Playwright   As I see it. . . . . . . . What you will – will be     Your will is the internal force that pu...
By ActiveRain Real Estate Network
(ActiveRain)
Comments 44
We are pleased to announce major improvements to the Question & Answer site on ActiveRain! The Q&A site is a place where real estate agents and other industry pros can ask their colleagues questions that will help them work smarter and live better. ActiveRain is all about community, and this is a...
By John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 31
Lessons learned form a Hall of Fame Goalie - Dominik Hasek - As a huge hockey fan I enjoy watching the Colorado Avalanche play, and I really appreciate the talent at the NHL level.  It amazes me so much how these athletes can fly around the ice at 25 miles and hour, stop or turn on a dime and the...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 55
I've read a few blogs recently where the authors have been critical of the way some agents practice real estate.   They're ranting about how inefficient these practices are, how lame they appear to be, and how desperate these agents come across.  Last week I walked in on a new agent on my team.  ...
By Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent
(Cherry Creek Properties, LLC)
Comments 142
30 Posts in 30 Days: An AR November Challenge   You thought November would never get here so that you could participate in this amazing challenge! Am I right? OK, maybe you're a bit nervous. Maybe you've just been managing to write every so often, or once a week or a month. Now's the time to jump...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 4
Getting off Track “I may find yourself getting off tract, but I will never be lost when my life has direction.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it. . . . . . . . Getting off track   Your success journey may be long . . . . and it ...
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 1
How Many of Us Have To Deal With Clients Who Are Transitioning?   I'd Like to introduce a gentleman I met a few years ago who owns the San Diego Franchise for Caring Transitions. I met him as a result of looking into this as a franchise opportunity inasmuch as we work with so many Seniors in Manu...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 4
New Home Buyers?  It Pays To Preview. Loudoun County, VA. 800-711-7988. With New Home buyers coming to town in a couple of weeks, I'm preparing them for the market here in Loudoun County by: 1.  Qualifying them to focus zero in on their safe price range.2.  Previewing new home communities with ho...
By Brian C. Aber, Rising Point Solutions
(Rising Point Solutions LLC)
Comments 0
Contact the Credit Bureaus: ·         TransUnion 1-800-916-8800 ·         Experian 1-888-397-3742 ·         Equifax 800-846-5279 or 866-322-3162 Ask the bureaus to take the accounts out of dispute: ·         Find out a timeline for the accounts being taken out of dispute. If the person you are sp...
By Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
(Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
Comments 9
Over the past couple of years, I would estimate that 60-70% of the deals I've handled have involved multiple offers. If a home is priced correctly, it will sell. Even though we're in a seasonally slow time of year, the last two offers I wrote for buyer clients were turned down, even though both o...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
Top Professionals “I have found that men and woman who got to the top were  Those that did the jobs they had with everything they  had of energy, enthusiasm and hard work.” Harry Truman, 33rd President of the United States     As I see it. . . . . . . . Top professionals    You can spot them from...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 19
  Very few Realtors can be successful going after FSBO’s, but Mario has convinced me over the years, he gets many of them converted. A number of times I’ve asked, why are you successful and most fail in this area. So, recently at a get together for lunch I asked, what’s the secret?   I loved his...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 11
  Peak Performers Have a Mental Image of Their Results “Peak performers develop powerful mental images of the behavior that will lead to the desired results. They see in their minds eye the result they want, and the actions leading to it.” Charles A. Garfield, Author      As I see it. . . . . . ....
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
Make the Most Out of Your Time “Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it,  time runs out.”  Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809 -1894, American Physician, Poet, Professor, Lecturer, Author   As I see ...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 30
Renewing a Commitment to Train New Agents This morning started very early.  It was time to renew my certification to mentor new agents.  I was there with bells on.  The real estate industry can be very financially lucrative, but it has added so much more to my life.  I have the confidence to know...
By Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.928.8000
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 12
Last month I closed a sale that had been one of the more difficult transactions I had this year.  From the moment we placed our offer on the home they had decided on, it was constant issues virtually every other day at some points.  I did the best I could (as we always do) in a tough situation an...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 30
We recently read a book that mentioned the importance of turning off all your devices to create a feeling of well being and serenity in one’s life, or to just lower your blood pressure.  It is so important that Silicon Valley firms including Google employees practice this get away from digital l...