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 Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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Burnout and Real Estate, What to Do This post has been on my mind for awhile and after reading one of Lou Ludwig's inspirational posts, I think it is time to write about Burnout and Real Estate, What to Do. Burnout is described by Wikipedia as "a psychological term that refers to long-term exhaus...
By Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad 707.646.1876
(Zillow - Nat'l Outreach Mgr & Dir. of Zillow Academy)
Comments 28
Are you tired of hearing about all the ways to get new business online? Are you bored with listening to the same old tips and strategies from online lead marketers? Well here's your chance to finally "Seal The Deal!" Try this no nonsense view and approach from folks like yourself who do this ever...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 70
Too often, I have read posts that touch upon the weaknesses in our profession.  Frequently, these weaknesses are attributed to the lack of formal education by many real estate agents, and it’s often suggested that an additional requirement of the candidate having an undergraduate degree be added...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 30
Your Character Will Become Your Calling Card “Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.” J. C. Watts   As I see it. . . . . . . . Your character wil...
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Comments 46
Will my pinning bear fruit? That moment when you're not quite sure whether you're working or playing can deliver an epiphany--it's okay, perhaps better, if the activity fulfills both.   When my Pinterest subscribers passed the 10,000 mark earlier this week, I decided to ramp up the business side ...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
Comments 15
Where’s the Buy Button? Are consumers confused about at which websites they should be searching homes? Agent websites are designed with niches in mind, specific locations. Are there too many sites for consumers to keep track? Is one national site the best for home buyers to start their home searc...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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  One of the top issues keeping a Westchester NY entrepreneur up at night is how to get the team to work at peak performance.  Developing a high performing team means more sales, profits, and success for everyone on the team.  As everyone knows, an entrepreneur or broker needs to recruit good peo...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 32
This is it! YOU make the choice of how it goes. I love the real estate industry and appreciate the work that goes into helping clients achieve their dreams. During a conversation with an agent who has been in business for just over a year, he told me it has been a difficult series of ups and down...
By Marguerite Crespillo
(Marguerite Crespillo)
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I've got an AWESOME new Podcast I just posted to my blog and wanted to share it with you... I have been a huge fan of Facebook for years as it has led to not only many rekindled friendships, staying in touch with family and friends but I have also gotten business from it and frankly (Pun intended...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Ambitious Goals Stretch You to Do Your Best  “The value of an ambitious goal is not measured by what it will bring to you. The worth of a goal is measured by what it will make of you in the process of following and attaining it.” Ralph Marston, Professional Football Player 1929     As I see it. ....
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
Comments 60
As you may have heard, Google is now emphasizing articles that have at least 1000 words with even better rankings for articles pushing 2000 words. Many bloggers had a hard time adjusting to writing 500 words so 1000 seems almost unsurmountable.  Who has time or the expertise to write that much?  ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 15
Blame is Never the Answer “All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you.” Wayne Dryer, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . . . Blame is never the answer   Blame won’t chan...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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  We told you about our favorite Nail Salon...CM Nail Spa in New Berlin...Cary is the owner who takes pride in your cuticles, matches every finger and digit, polishes each nail to perfection....adds a delicate design if you wish...always has the massage that makes the experience all that much mor...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Doing Small Things Are Stepping Stones to Great Things “All Great things are only a number of small things that have carefully been collected together.” Source Unknown   As I see it. . . . . . . . Doing small things are stepping stones to great things     Too many times people will view the small...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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  Obsolete? YES!  New Rule, New Law, New Commandment for real estate agents   Effective immediately…It is unethical, unprofessional, immature and ignorant for a real estate agent to: blame the buyer ever again. The solution is here.   You are not allowed to ever do that again. Really, seriously t...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Success is Rooted in Your Beliefs “When you believe and think “I can” you activate your motivation, commitment, confidence, concentration and excitement – all of which relate directly to achievement.” Dr. Jerry Lynch, Expert in the field of applied Sports Psychology, Author   As I see it . . . . ...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Comments 19
Celebrate the Small Steps Every Day! I tell my clients to celebrate all of the little steps forward in a transaction.     That means when you sign an offer, when you finish an inspection, sign contracts, get through an appraisal, get your mortgage commitment, and of course, when you close!   By t...
By Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent
(Cherry Creek Properties, LLC)
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Observe and Learn Day in and day out, we are given opportunities to learn and grow. We don't always take notice, so the opportunity passes by. I encourage you to reflect on your day, particularly a bad day. Is there something positive you can take away? Can you do something differently the next t...
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Comments 8
I snapped this photo on the French Riviera while spending a lovely few days in Nice.  This hotel sign plays on the rows and rows of blue chairs that line the beachfront area on hotel row.  It was early October 2012 and only the brave were daring to dip their toes in the chilly water.  It reminde...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Feng Shui Lecture at the East Setauket NY Library Come to the East Setauket library September 29th, 2014 and enjoy a fun, interactive and educational lecture on Feng Shui presented by Feng Shui Expert Laura Cerrano-CEO and founder of Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island. Feng Shui is a metaphysical p...