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 Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 26
Price Changes; When and Why best practices is both simple and complex.  Getting the price right is essential and the most important aspect of a great real estate transaction. The second most important aspect of a great real estate transaction is the marketing you put out on the internet.  Getting...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
A Time to Reflect on Your Blessings “Reflect upon your present blessing of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” Thomas Aquinas 1225 -1274, Italian Dominican Priest, Philosopher   As I see it . . . . . . . A time to reflect on your blessings   As yo...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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      We have all  know the benefits of having a business plan...some people find the simpler the better and others analyze many different areas in great detail and there is the  flexible middle of the road...we are from  the "whatever works best for you" school.       We believe we should all ha...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
    The Most Valuable Things in Life “The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and land, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real estate, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith.”  Bertrand Russell V. ...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Happy Holidays from Snowy Southern California   Happy Holidays to you and your family. May you enjoy the spirit of the season and be safe. May 2015 bring you success, good health, and happiness. No snow here in the foothills this morning but there is lots of white fluffy snow in the mountains jus...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 19
The Seeds for 2015 Have Been Planted This Month If you aren't in real estate, you probably think that the end of the year is a slow time of year.  We may not crank out the hours that retail employees do this time of year, but I can guarantee you, it is not a dead zone by any means. Today, I got t...
By Virginia Kail, American Way Real Estate, Homes and Land for Sale
(Investments, starter houses, luxury homes,farms, acreage)
Comments 10
Show Me the Numbers When it comes to the business of Cookeville area real estate, I'm a very fact oriented gal. When I list a property, I do in-depth research to support the listing price.  I keep that research in my file for reference. When I'm working with buyers I also crunch the numbers on an...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 3
“The words to live your life by . . . . may be spoken softly . . . . but how you life you life will speak volumes on who you are as a person.” – Lou Ludwig Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments.  Words to Live Your Life By “Work Hard – Do Your Best – Keep your word – Never ...
By Lee Davenport, Our Business Is Your Success! 404.444.5777
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Originally written for and featured on Huliq.com. Have you ever felt that you could not afford an assistant but now realize you cannot afford to not have an assistant?     Like fellow real estate agent Melissa Miller, you may have come to the realization that an assistant is needed in order for ...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 1
None of us gets up in the morning with the intention of making a serious mistake, but we always hope that if that does happen, at least we have our errors and ommissions insurance to protect us! We all try our best, but sometimes unexpected things happen. Sometimes you get a crazy client or a dis...
By Ted Baker, MidFloridaMediation.com
(Carmody and Associates LLC)
Comments 21
Jon Zolsky has provided an excellent blog [link] on the sad tale of the Realtor who wrote his own disclaimer in the case of a buyer that did not want to pay for an inspection.   It might be time to mention that the contract and forms provided by MLS represent a significant compromise and agreemen...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 76
  My right palm is itching.....hmmm....we know what that means....money is coming our way.  You are not to itch or rub your palm, but close your fist and envision the money to come. For people who believe in creative visualization, vision boards and the power of positive thinking...you may wish t...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 21
           The day after Christmas is a day to relax and think.  Yes, it’s a day to think about the fact that there are only 5 days remaining in 2014.  What that means to me is that I must use that precious time to create a plan for good health in 2015.  Health is the first challenge and then bus...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 3
  Remember you have four days left   And two of them fall on a weekend   We have talked about this for a few weeks, and now that New Year of 2015 is almost upon us. Are YOU one of the people who decided to make 2015 your best year ever? A few days ago I talked about comparing THIS TIME right now...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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    A Day of Action and Purpose  “Time is limited so I better wake up every morning fresh and know that I have one chance to live this particular day right, and to string my days together into a life of action and purpose.” Lance Armstrong, 7-time winner of the Tour de France     As I see it. . ....
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 2
   B Nice 2 everyone, smile and speak to everyone   A True Story about Pat & Grace Murphy   This is a story that happened over 20 years ago, and I have had others similar to this in recently, the point is: watch what you say, how you say it, and even how you look at everyone you meet. Click here....
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Thoughts Become a Powerful Magnet “You are the most powerful magnet in the universe; you contain a magnetic power within you that is more powerful than anything in this world, and this unfathomable magnetic power is emitted through your thoughts.” Rhonda Byrne, Author of the Secret   As I se...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 6
Success takes sheer determination and focus.   What does it take to succeed in business? Study the Meerkat and soon you will know. The colony maintains self-sufficiency and will protect their property and loved ones with their very lives.   Success takes...   A resourceful spirit. Many go out to ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 9
What will you be doing this last Friday of 2014?    While some have made plans to take the rest of the year off, I will be heading to the office today to compile a list of homes to view with clients tomorrow. My plan is to write another offer before year's end to get a jump start to accomplishing...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 7
Lou Ludwig has made some great inspirational points here.  Of course we had failures and there are things we would do differently.  Learn from that but be thankful for the many blessings of 2014, your accomplishments and relationships.  After reflecting on them don't rest on your laurels.  Get re...