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 Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker - Let's Talk Atlanta Real Estate
(DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
Comments 87
I put up my sign and installed my lockbox without a signed listing agreement.   I met with the seller on two occasions and we went over the process of selling a home, agreed on a sales price and hammered out the details for arranging showings. Now there's another agent calling me to come and take...
By John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 26
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 10
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 Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 13
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 Franklin & Brentwood, TN Homes Mike Nastri - Rodney Kennedy, It matters to us as much as it matters to you.
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Knock, Knock...   "Your agent sent me, didn't he tell you?"   "I am from ADT, congratulations on your new home, your Realtor should have told you that I'd be coming by."     My client texted me this conversation a couple of days ago.  Her response to the "ADT rep." was that she was getting a secu...
By Todd & Danielle Millar, A decade of excellence!
(Glenn Simon Inc.)
Comments 1
I love Steve Chandler's work.    This is from his Wealth Warrior Movement   "I first saw the fun and benefit of this when my friend and company CEO Duane Black solved the equation on two flip charts in front of a grateful gathering of leaders.  Here it is:  When you are positive (picturing the ma...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 18
  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 Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 4
This story had me going until I got toward the end of the post where the real message came through. I believe in my services and if a buyer wants them, they need to commit to me like I will commit to them. I don't find that hard at all and almost always have a written agreement right at the begin...
By Christopher Pagli, William Raveis Legends Realty
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group)
Comments 1
  "Those Who Follow The Crowd Usually Get Lost In It"   I think networking events and advertising are essential to our success as real estate agents.  The one thing I like to do differently is attend events and advertise where there aren't a ton of other real estate agents.  The reasoning is sim...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 30
Every Day is a New Day        “Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind you and start over again.”  Bob Feller 1918 - 2010, Hall of Fame Baseball Player      As I see it . . . . . . . Every day is a new day   Yesterday success is the stepping...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or
Comments 14
A few days ago, I took the CRS course on Business Planning. It was an excellent course and for those who haven't taken it, I highly recommend you do. The premise of the course is very simple. We are a business. If we want to be treated like a business, then we have to act like a business. Sounds ...
By Mary Thompson, Lake Lanier Appraiser in North Georgia
(Lanier Appraisal Service)
Comments 2
  Quick Links   BUILDING PERMIT REQUIREMENTS - HALL COUNTY   BUILDING PERMIT REQUIREMENTS -Forsyth County     Lake Lanier Water Levels   How to Prepare for an Appraisal   Benefits of a Pre-Listing Appraisal    Letter to Seller about Pre-Listing Appraisals   Join Our Mailing List So you have a ho...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 10
  As real estate agents, we are constantly visiting homes, meeting new clients and completing transactions.  There are times when we visit a home that is a real challenge.  The challenges can be due to location, lack of updates, strange floor plans, homes that are not maintained, really bad deco...
By Randy Mitchelson, Internet Marketing Expert, Author, Activist
( and Homeland Heroes Home Loans)
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When I read the details about the November Active Rain contest to define gratitude, I thought long and hard about examples in my life that exemplified gratitude.I think it goes without saying that people such as our parents and spouses sometimes do extraordinary things for us out of their love an...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 16
LOOK FOR THE "HIGH WATER MARK". Joe Petrowski relates an actual experience with a home buyer client.  This is a subject that is very high on my "alert" list.  MOLD.  My procedure when I enter a property and see visible mold is to leave immediately.  My instinct is to go home and shower quickly wh...
By Cy Phillips
(Remax Innovations)
Comments 1
Make floor planning easy   As a real estate professional, you work with floor plans everyday. Therefore you know how much time and effort it takes to make a great floor plan. With Floorplanner you can start making excellent floor plans in an easy and intuitive way, right away.                   C...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 12
ActiveRain is a blogging platform - that's an understatement. This definition is just a tip of the iceberg. Really. What else does ActiveRain offer? Ask the committed members and you'll get so many different answers. For me - It's the experience that counts: Seattle you have two big examples - St...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty )
Comments 19
  Someone is definitely listening to me! I love when I inspire another to blog.     Read Elyse's post. Then congratulate her on a successful sale within 24 hours of answering her phone. This was on a Saturday night.  This post was inspired by my friend Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland to her po...
By Sandra Paulow, REALTOR, Associate Broker, GRI, SFR
(Aspen Properties, Inc. )
Comments 0
        Sometimes you just have to say it, “You’re Fired!”   It isn’t something I like to do, it actually hurts to do it.  Sometimes it is necessary to say to a client, “You’re Fired”.  Let me explain.  I listed a property in early summer that was an estate situation.  The owner of the property h...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
Forward Thinkers Let Go of Old Outdated Thinking “It’s easy to come up with new ideals; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out-of-date.” Roger Von Oech, Entrepreneur     As I see it. . . . . . . . Forward thinkers let go of old outdated thinking   T...