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 Pauline Donnelly, Real Estate Coach
Comments 118
“Take one single moment to feel sorry for yourself, and then bounce back better than ever.” Barbara Corcoran I’m a big fan of real estate icon Barbara Corcoran and saw her post this on Facebook this week. It’s timely, because recently I’ve had a lot of real estate agents talk to me about how to ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 12
Your Passion Creates Energy “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” Oprah Winfrey, Talk Show Host     As I see it. . . . . . . . Your passion creates energy   When you look at successful people you will find . . . . that they have common traits that make...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 0
  How to Write a NADOTA* Offer & Win Every Time   So you know who your author and speaker is:   I HAVE NEVER LOST IN MUTIPLE OFFER SITUATIONS IN OVER 28 YEARS   Real estate agents representing buyers, you will enjoy representing buyers when you are winning all of the time when there are multiple ...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 10
I recently saw an online post, written by a colleague in a different state about many things that still need to be done after the contract has been signed and agreed to.  For some consumers, they feel that the Realtor's job is done.  Far from it. I've taken that post, and modified it some to appl...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 1
The Importance of Knowing When To Say No “Success depends on getting good at saying no without feeling guilty. You cannot get ahead with your own goals if your always saying yes to someone else’s projects. You can only get ahead with your desired lifestyle if you are focused on the things that w...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 0
Being top of mind in your marketplace as luxury real estate marketing professionals requires having a remarkable presentation package, that is memorable and makes you stand out from the pack.  Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. Being top of mind in your marketplace as l...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
Take the Personal Responsibility for Your Future “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the winds, but you can change yourself. That is something you can have charge of.” Jim Rohn 1930 - 2009, American Entrepreneur, a American Author, Motivat...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 5
Learning is Not Compulsory “Learning is not compulsory. . . neither is survival.”  Dr. W. Edwards Deming, Consultant, Author   As I see it. . . . . . . . Learning is not compulsory   Moving into future without learning new skills and acquiring new knowledge is like leaving on a cross country tri...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Comments 6
Marketing real estate property listings, it is like being a cook with many pots on the burners  that need tending. The tall empty crock pot with the basic ingredients sliced, diced. Made to walk the wooden plank. With a knife plowing sideways, pushing them in off the cutting board. Into the soup....
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 14
 Ask “Why” “Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one to ask why.” Bernard Baruch, American Statesman   As I see it . . . . . . . Ask “why”   Ask questions . . . . to gain insight.   Ask questions . . . . to gather more information.   Ask questions . . . . to understand.   Ask question...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
Comments 1
What do your Buyer's Agents Actually do with 40-50 Hours per Week? Well, they are either calling leads, showing buyers or not working.  Most buyer's agents do not work about 50% of the time. They are not managed. They are not held accountable. Do you have this problem? We can help ASAP. Best Agen...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 20
 Read the contractual fine print! Don't sign away the right to free speech   Have you noticed that there is a lot of fine print in contracts for services? There is a method to this madness. Many companies; carpet cleaners to wedding photographers are inserting “Non-disparagement” clauses in their...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 1
  Can U Stop & THINK Where U R & How U R Doing?   You may think what I am about to say would be impossible but begin to think a little outside of the box. If you are having difficulty doing that for yourself, do it for me.   Let’s just think you sold five homes or you sold 25 homes last year. Wha...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 5
The Best Time to Plan for Your Future  “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.”  Chinese proverb   As I see it. . . . . . . . The best time to plan for your future   Planning for your future . . . . starts with your planning today.   You can always look back w...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 20
Using the Sales Agreement Repair Addendum the Right Way    When all is said and done after the signing of a purchase and sales agreement for a house you want to sell, you move to the next step.  In my state it is the 10 day period the buyer has to do home inspections and request any repairs neede...
By Sandy Shores Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast
(M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.)
Comments 1
Do you check your report at least once a year? It's important to review your credit report so you can check for errors.  If you are considering buying a home soon, it puts you in the driver's seat when you know what info your credit report contains, before starting the process. According to the ...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 14
Multiple offers. It's the phrase that throws fear and uncertainty into an already difficult situation when talking about purchasing a home. Different agents and different agencies handle multiple offers differently, so it's not a bad idea, when you represent a buyer, to ask the listing agent how ...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
Comments 4
  The axiom used and well known by business minds is try to do the opposite of the market. Sell when everyone is buying and Buy when everyone is selling. This is mostly true but there are exceptions in every market. You can also buy when others are buying and you can sell when others are selling...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty )
Comments 35
Realtors® Never Die They Just Become Listless!   Listing agents have many sayings that stress the importance of maintaining a listing inventory.   As a listing agent...here are a few more..   Listings are the name of the game. Your income is determined by your listing inventory. If you don't list...
By Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Homes
(RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
Comments 9
Did you know that your real estate agent might not be able to do their job? That's right. One of the most important tools that an agent can use is their lockbox entry card & many agents in our Northwest Suburban area feel the need to 'scrimp' on job related necessities. Effectively they are not b...