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 Amanda Thomas, Broker, Realtor®, SRES®, BPOR
(Providence Group Realty)
Comments 17
  If you practice real estate long enough, eventually you will find yourself working a transaction that falls outside of your immediate stomping grounds. While folks commonly recognize that there are differences in laws and practices in between states, it isn't as commonly understood that there c...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 11
Don’t Waste Your Time Worrying “People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and New Years, but they really should be worried about what you eat between the new year and Christmas.” Bill Vaughn   As I see it. . . . . . . . Don’t waste your time worrying   Worrying about the past . ...
By Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
(REALTY ONE GROUP - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 702.443.7156 )
Comments 16
  Robert Vegas Bob Swetz "Embarrassed" after referring ActiveRain client to Las Vegas Realtor    This is not the first time this has happened to Vegas Bob and he is quite disappointed by some actions of Real Estate agents in Las Vegas Nevada. Vegas Bob received a text message from one of his ass...
By Christopher Pagli, William Raveis Legends Realty
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group)
Comments 2
    The first part of this photo is very sweet and the only time I think it's appropriate to beg for Facebook "likes".  I quit smoking 7 years ago because I wanted to live, period.  Now that I have a daughter I owe it to her to be around as long as possible.     The second part of this is someth...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 12
Know any good agents?   While meeting a mortgage lender in the next office suite, he asked my name and told me he knew a mutual aquaintance. Being new to the area, he asked him if he knew any good, experienced agents in the southern Utah area. He happened to mention my name.   This is not a boast...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 8
Lou makes such an excellent point in this blog post. So many people confuse activity with progress and they are not the same thing. You can run circles around a room all day and be busy but you never actually went anywhere.  Are You Busy or Proactive? “Busy can be like sitting on a rocking horse ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 15
Are You Busy or Proactive? “Busy can be like sitting on a rocking horse and going as fast you can go . . . . and when you get off the rocking horse your in the same place you start without meaningful forward progress. Being proactive is getting down to business with the purpose of creating succes...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 6
A Logjam “Deal first with whatever is causing you the greatest emotional distress. Often this will break the logjam in your work and free you up mentally to complete (the) other task.” Brian Tracy, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker     As I see it. . . . . . . . A logjam     We all have at o...
By Azmi Alkurd, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Lifestyles
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Lifestyles)
Comments 0
         Being that all of us here on Activerain are blogging and bloggers, I thought it would be good to share some valuable information regarding Copyright Infringement.  Copyright law is very complex and has been expanded through the decades to accommodate new forms of publication, including a...
By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
Comments 5
The purpose here is simply to acknowledge, which I think is a healthy mental & spiritual step. Currently, I am working with some out of state sellers; half my age probably; easily twice as busy as I.  That's saying a lot since I'm essentially an Energizer bunny. We've never met, and all of our wo...
By Jeffrey Stevens, Jeffrey Stevens Realtor®/Associate Broker
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 7
When Buyer Met Seller If you're a Real Estate professional, you probably just shuttered a bit. A buyer and a seller meeting face to face? No!! Most Real Estate professionals will tell you it is not a good idea, but it does happen from time to time. Today I was pulling up to a house that I was abo...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 30
The Choice is Which End to Use  “Nature gave us two ends - - one to sit on and one to think with. Ever since then man’s success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most.” Robert Albert Bloch 1917 - 1994, American Fiction Writer   As I see it. . . . . . . . The choice is which end to ...
By Shannon Shimabukuro
(Market Leader (now Trulia), Senior Trainer)
Comments 62
In the majority of my adult life, I'm realizing that I've historically been a pretty negative thinker.  I always thought we, "the human race", in our quest for excellence are supposed to never be happy with the status quo.  To me, being content was a death sentence... because if you're content, y...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 0
What have I done for you lately, Friday.  With each client, both seller listings and buyer clients, I speak with them on Friday. We choose a time that I will call and let them know everything that has been done to achieve our goals during the week.  For the Seller's listings I give a list of the ...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team, New Home Construction and Luxury Specialist!
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
Comments 5
In 2009, I was blessed to be brought into a new family by a dear friend of mine and I can say without any reservation, it has been a life altering transformation in PAY IT FORWARD. For a guy that came from extremely humble beginnings, I always worked hard and nothing was ever given to me except c...
By Kathryn J., (Rentec Direct-Property Management Software)
(Rentec Direct)
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.......VS.......     I don't think I have spoke to one little girl yet who cannot stop talking about the movie "Frozen"  Although they are chattering about Elsa, Anna and Olaf.   I am totally lost!!   When I think of frozen,   I think of wintertime nightmares in property management.  Frozen pipes...
By Pauline Donnelly, Real Estate Coach
Comments 21
The real estate business asks a lot of agents. You need to always be on call. You need to be unfailingly patient, understanding, and positive no matter the circumstances. You need to have knowledge of the market that’s both deep and broad. And on top of all this, if you market yourself (as most ...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 1
  December 19, 2015 Now would be a great time to begin today, one or more of these:  Although there are several different ways to operate your residential real estate business we will only discuss three of them here. click here.   First   Open houses. The reason many agents do not like doing this...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Reaching for the Stars “I’d rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could be is a maybe who is reaching for a star. I’d rather be a has-been than a might- have-been, by far; for a might have-been, has never been, but a has was once an are.” Milton Berle 1908 - 2002, American Comedia...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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His Wants -  Her Wants - Reality   A  couple was referred to me several years ago by a long time friend/client.  For several years prior to their retirement back east they received automatic email searches for townhomes in Scottsdale. This is what they said they wanted, to be close to their frien...