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 Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 60
BROOM CLEAN isn't quite as simple as it may appear to the average consumer buyer or seller. Inspired by "Broom Clean" by Jay Markanich. For clarity, many contracts provide for "Broom clean and free of debris". Just what does it mean and who manages compliance with that clause in the Contract of S...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 71
    6 Most Dangerous Everyday Situations in Real Estate The Real Estate Industry is reeling from the recent murder of Beverly Carter, a real estate agent in Arkansas, and the string of attacks on real estate professionals. Meeting new clients, showing properties, holding open houses, letting stra...
By Bob Ratliff, RE/MAX-CC, Cedar Park & Leander, REALTOR® 512-587-5689, Your Cedar Park Real Estate Consultant, REALTOR®
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR®)
Comments 62
Advertising new listings and not putting them on the MLS. What is the risk?   When real estate markets become "HOT" and multiple offers are common practice as here in Austin many REALTOR'S® will advertise new listings as "coming soon" prior to listing on the MLS. Many of these homes are escrowed ...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
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Israel Damien - Great Painter in Lower Fairfield County Israel has been with us for painting inside and outside our home for probably 20 years or more, but has been exclusively helping us with our clients  at Dagny's Real Estate for as long as we have had our doors open.   Israel always goes abov...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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All Things Become Possible “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for these who believe.” Gail Devers, Runner   As I see it. . . . . . . . All things become p...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Communications Skills Are Acquired    “Communications is a skill that you can learn.  It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.” Brian Tracy, Motivational Author and Speaker   As I see it . . . . . . . Co...
By Bill Lauler, Real Estate Broker,CIPS,ABR,SRES,CRB,GRI,EPRO
( Annie Lauler Corp/Chase realty)
Comments 3
     In the future ,when someone opens a door for you..just say thank you! I cannot tell you how many people I have opened doors for that would run you over if given the chance. Most of them are of the younger generation as if they have no manners or do not know how to interact with the public.  ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 13
Advertising warning for Maryland real estate licensees   The Maryland Real Estate Commission has issued the following warning to real estate licensees. Real estate agents and their brokers need to take great care with the wording of their advertisements to assure compliance with the regulations o...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 30
Fred Griffin wrote an article recently about "Should Real Estate Agents Carry a Gun?"  His discussion makes a very good point - if you can't use it, don't carry it. With the recent tragic murder of a real estate agent there has been much written about the importance of real estate agent safety.  ...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 22
“I Have a Full House on Linkedin”   Top Skills 99+FHA 99+Mortgage Lending 99+Refinance 99+Investment Properties 99+First Time Home Buyers 99+USDA 99+Loans 99+Real Estate 99+Residential Homes 99+Real Estate Transactions     To say that Linkedin brings a lot of business my way would be an understat...
By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County
(Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts Real Estate)
Comments 3
  Michael Hottman provides some great information on Meth Labs to help educate not only AR members but parents as well.. Please read it may help you understand some things the kids are doing today!     More and more I see the topic of various disclosures come up in venues like Facebook groups, re...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 2
I am sure you are following the recent incidents concerning the safety of the real estate agents who are willing to go an extra mile to help the customer/client. Question in this re-blog from Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC is - does it really matter to you if your real...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 1
  Always Believe in Yourself   Motivational blogger Lou Ludwig always has inspiring words for us to read. Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. The Secret is to Always Believe in Yourself “You have to believe in yourself, that the secret. Even when I was in the orphanage, ...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 3
Real Estate Agents are considered as....well, forget it, I don't want to and like to mention it. However, sometimes, you end up saying your Real Estate Agent sucks because.... Read this re-blog from Jennifer Monroe. I’m not the kind of girl to disparage others. I know how hard those of us practic...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 1
Every week I pick 10 posts that I think that could use a second look, a little more exposure, or that are so good that I want all my friends to have a chance to experience it. This week is no exception and it has been a challenge to narrow the list down to 10, I hope that you enjoy these along wi...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
Comments 10
Lou's post this morning is such a good one..   If you dwell on the past, they are allowing the past you to be the present you.  We should be planning the future and looking to it so that the present you becomes the future you.  Life keeps moving down that line and the present you becomes the past...
By Michael Hottman, Helping you achieve goals in life & real estate
(RE/MAX Commonwealth - Realtor in Richmond, VA and surrounding areas like Short Pump, Glen Allen, Ashland, and Mechanicsville)
Comments 20
More and more I see the topic of various disclosures come up in venues like Facebook groups, real estate magazines, and even in real estate classes I attend. One of the latest "what's hot, what's not" disclosures in the real estate industry is regarding Methamphetamine or more the more popular te...
By David Dion
(Solutions Real Estate)
Comments 80
I Will Not Give Up Any Of My Commission   I have been in real estate for over 10 years, starting with a very successful personal real estate business, then forming The Valley Solutions Team that still closes between 100 - 200 deals per year, and founding Solutions Real Estate, with almost 400 age...
By Fred Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
Comments 258
      I pulled a gun on a man one night.  I fired a shot at the ceiling. I was prepared to fire a second shot, at the man.  More on that in a moment.    What about you?  Could you shoot and kill a person if your life was at stake?  The recent tragedy involving Beverly Carter has been a reality ch...
By Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte
(Savvy + Company Real Estate)
Comments 107
I’m not the kind of girl to disparage others. I know how hard those of us practicing Real Estate work! But I can hardly shush my ‘tsk-tsk’s’ when I encounter Real Estate agents who just don’t ‘get’ it. Some are merely 'old school', refusing to adapt. Others are just plain burnt out, and it’s all ...