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 Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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In Texas when you close on a home it is usually done at the title company. In attendance you usually see the buyer, the buyers Realtor, the escrow officer, the seller and the seller's agent. In most situations you have the buyers and seller closing at separate times as the sellers paperwork is us...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 13
Good morning! I woke early this morning, with my mind racing, thinking of all the tasks that need to be accomplished today: organizing documents for my new listing and uploading them to My Doc Central so any interested buyers can read all about this great place; finishing a web site for a new lis...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 16
Continuously refining your marketing message and luxury real estate brand esthetics is an important part of staying on the leading edge.    Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. Apple 5th Avenue Store in New York  Photo ©Phakimata  It is tempting to dilute your position as...
By Shelley Costello, Real Estate Marketing & Social Media Expert
(Creative Web Concepts USA.COM)
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Social Media & Legalities for Mortgage and Real Estate Professionals.                    What Does Your Social Media Poster Know?Many real estate agents, REALTORS®, and brokers are using social networking websites to market to their “friends” and “followers” of property listings, rentals, news et...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!, Broker/Owner
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 20
 Anna Banana Q. 4. U. Yesterday I got an interesting email from a long time client/friend.  She's having a problem with her adjoining neighbor and asked for some advice.  I welcome my clients questions no matter how long ago they bought or sold a house from us. They know I'm their 'go-to' source ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Control the Direction of Your Future With Goals“Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor.”Brian Tracy, Self-Help Author and Motivational Speaker As I see it . . . . . . .Control the direction of your future with goals Efforts along . . . . will not create success. Think ab...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
Comments 2
I just upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S6 today, and learned a few tips for better battery life while they were setting up my phone:  Do NOT plug the phone in overnight to charge. This can overcharge and ruin the battery. Turn off the WiFi and GPS when not in use. This conserves battery power. Oth...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 9
Waiving Appraisals and Bidding Wars - A Dangerous Game?One of my recent posts about a multiple offer bidding war proved to be very controversial. The listing agent gave all buyers a deadline and encouraged them to submit their highest and best. Sounds fine to me. However, after the deadline, he s...
By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
Comments 6
Thanks to a dear friend and agent, by the name of Thomas, for teaching me a few tricks to ActiveRain.com.  I know that we have so much to learn from each other and to share.  Just little simple trick of our business that can help to make the phone ring.  I learned about linking in the body of my ...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!, Broker/Owner
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 44
Re- thinking home pricing strategy... This morning I had an interesting meeting with several other owner/brokers. We got to talking about online marketing  and how to improve our marketing skills.  From there we asked - how do buyers search for homes online?  Well that was a pretty easy question ...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 16
The best thing one can do when it's raining is let it rain. - Henry Wadsworth LongfellowYesterday we were showing houses to a client and at the first house the buyer commented how the neighborhood felt dreary.  Mind you, there were grey and and black storm clouds approaching and the wind was blow...
I am sure you are utilizing all the Marketing Techniques written in Big Book of Marketing but are you utilizing some of the following ways to reach out to your Clients ( Disclosure: Some of the Top Growing Agents are utilizing these techniques or atleast they should)1. Free Classes Are you a Teac...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Life Becomes What You Make It“Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.”Grandma Moses 1860 – 1961, American Folk Artist  As I see it . . . . . . .Your life becomes what you make it Life is short . . . . make the most of it everyday. Enjoy being . . . . with the people that ar...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 30
Are You a Niche Master or Jack of All Trades, Master of None?For most of my young adult life, I bounced from job to job, never really finding where I was really supposed to be. I came to realize that what I was good at was sales and marketing...a skill, but not a NICHE. I often felt like a Jill-o...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
Comments 19
Many aspiring real estate agents are excited for the opportunity to earn their license, and may be tempted to "jump the gun" before their license is issued.  Don't make the mistake of performing licensed real estate activities before you are licensed.  Instead, focus on the things you CAN do to p...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 22
Who would have thought? This is just another reason agents need to know something about the home inspectors and everyone else who is involved in a real estate transaction. Maybe a buyer hires a friend, or a friend or co-workers boyfriend or husband to do their home inspection. They can't get off ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Tapping into the Feng Shui Ba-gau Life Section of TravelIn Feng Shui there are various methods clients can utilize and benefit from. Above is an image of the Ba-gua map (life station map). This provides 8 key life categories, all paired with accent colors, an element (or grouping of elements) and...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 13
You Become the Person of Your Habits“Every grown-up man consists wholly of habits,although he is after unaware of it and even denies having any habits at all.”George Gurgjieff, Philosopher    As I see it. . . . . . . . You become the person of your habits We all have them . . .  they’re your habi...
By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
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The Elephant in the Room Have you ever been sitting with a client and your gut told you to ask something, but you just couldn't quite get the words out? This often the case when you are afraid a question will make someone uncomfortable. However, those uncomfortable questions are critical to get ...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 16
The two governing principles in running any successful company are trust and truth.  These principles are applicable to the business of real estate, if market leadership is your quest as luxury real estate marketing professionals.   “When they trust you, you'll get truth. And if you get truth, yo...