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!

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By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 27
  There is no shortage of examples of the Profit Motive gone awry.  While not essential to the cause, a co-conspirator with the profit motive is the idea of Maximizing Profits.  After all, if the goal is to make money, why not make as much of it as possible?  Maximizing profits can have a very da...
By Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397
(Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net)
Comments 13
Do I need a Realtor® when buying new construction in San Antonio? This seems to be a popular question & I have heard it more frequently lately.  Let's break it down: That friendly model home sales person? WORKS FOR THE BUILDER, not you, representation is FREE & what's better than ...
By David Bailey, "Creating Clients for Life" Cell # 631-767-8948
(The Mortgage Outlet NMLS # 36861)
Comments 34
8 Eye Catching Photography Tricks   Getting great pictures can provide customers with the information they need to make a purchase decision.  At first glance, real estate photography seems to be an easy task. Some real estate agents will take their cell phone out of their pocket and expect to ge...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 11
  Raving Fans Will Do Business With You “Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet then your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.” Richard Bach, American Writer   As I see it. . . . . . . .   Raving fans will do Business with you   Make a friend of the people you ...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 6
CORT FURNITURE is a good resource for more than just staging.   Good old Cort.   They are an institution around here.   A few years ago, I had a new home under contract for a family relocating from South America.  It was a great experience.   They wanted their new home to be "move in ready&q...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 6
  Become the Master of Your Time “Time is life. It is irreversible and irreplaceable. To waste your time is to waste your life, but to master your time is to master your life and make the most of it.” Alan Lakein, Author     As I see it. . . . . . . .   Become the master of your time   Your time ...
By Wanda Fears, ABR CRS GRI SFR WCR
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
Comments 1
  Unless you’re a real estate agent you’re probably not used to hosting an open house. Honestly the whole concept can be a little bit weird, you’re letting a bunch of strangers into your own home or you’re visiting the home of a total stranger. This is a weird necessity, open houses are a part o...
By Steve Warrene, The Warrene Team - Your Pittsburgh Professionals
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 3
I generally work with buyers.  I'm in the process of putting team together and looking to get back into working the listing side too. I have another agent working with me and we are putting together plans for listings and buyers.  I will be the physical side of the team... dealing with most o...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 13
The last few days of a transaction are critical! Communication is always important! I have found that often the last two days of a transaction can make the difference if you have a happy buyer or seller. Often times it makes the difference if you will get more referrals from the buyer or the sell...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
  Your Imagination Has the Power to Create a Great Future “The great successful men of the world have used their imagination . . . They think ahead and create their mental picture in all it’s details filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit  and that a bit, but steadily – build...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 40
Fear is a great motivator!!  It has always been that way for me.  Nothing is taken for granted, and no matter how many awards or how high the rankings may be, anyone can slip away.  There will always be younger people, with more energy and greater talents, who come along and knock you into a “di...
By Loreena Yeo, Realtor® | Frisco TX Community Ambassador
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.)
Comments 7
Rachel Hernandez wrote in her recent featured post, "Be Agressive - Diary of a New Realtor" inspired this long overdue post of how I feel the Sales Profession is. Yes, it can be as manipulative as you want it to be. At the same time, it can be as noble as you make it to be. I've bee...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 1
Lou reminds us that all we have is right now to be our very best selves! Do more, grow and learn every day. Thanks Lou!   Love and light, Laura   Become the Master of Your Time “Time is life. It is irreversible and irreplaceable. To waste your time is to waste your life, but to master your time i...
By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
Comments 1
Listing your house in West Palm Beach anew after it’s lingered on the market for a while can bring surprisingly quick success…with the right tactics. The truth is, if a home hasn’t sold in today’s market, there is usually an identifiable reason. Here are some tips that can reverse what happened ...
By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
Comments 1
When you begin scouring the West Palm Beach listings for a new home, the cost of home appears to be right there at the top: the asking price. All the other details about the property are there, too, but they usually get close attention only after that dollar amount at the top falls within (well,...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 46
If you are going to respond pro-actively to the ever-changing world we live in, it is important that you sharpen your strategic thinking.   This will help you to outthink your competition.   Take time to reexamine your opinions.  Challenge your own premises, and be open enough to admit you may b...
By JM Padron, ACP, CCIM, CDPE, CRB, Ft. Lauderdale-Doral-Sunny I
(REMAX PREMIER-COMMERCIAL ASSOCIATES)
Comments 1
Does Brand Really Matters?     I'm going to start my article citing Jennifer Walker-Derby a prominent realtor in Atlanta, Georgia:   "No matter how hard I tried, I could not break the $225,000 housing barrier (meaning sellers with homes valued over $225,000 did not trust my “no name brok...
By Shannon Shimabukuro
(Market Leader (now Trulia), Senior Trainer)
Comments 19
There's a million and one ideas out there on how to win more listing presentations... We are told we need the "must-have" materials to give to our clients.  We're told we have to memorize and internalize numerous scripts on how to get the appointment, ask questions, and close to...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
Comments 7
How NOT to Sell a Home With Leased Solar Panels Solar panels are sexy!  Leased solar panels can be an easy option!  But solar panels add an extra layer of scrutiny when buying and selling a home.  Last night included an hour long conversation with someone confused in the process.  This person was...
By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
Comments 8
The Florida Realtors Conference and Trade Expo is August 13-17 in Orlando, FL.  If you are a Florida Realtor, this is a must event!  I treat my team to the conference because it's a great way to keep on top of what's happening regarding Florida Real Estate, to get a sneak peak of new and ...