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 Lori Ballen, CVO, Chief Visionary Officer / Ballen Companies
(Keller Williams, Digital Marketing Strategist specializing in Search and Social with The Ballen Method and Vision Masters)
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In real estate school, they teach you how to get your real estate license. They don't teach you how to do real estate. That, my friend, you will have to learn in the field and through great teachers, coaches, and mentors in the industry. I was an agent like you, just starting in 2007 (yes, as the...
By Michelle Carr-Crowe-Selling Silicon Valley Homes in Top Schools San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Palo Alto-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Just Call (408) 252-8900!)
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When I returned to dance in high school, I found I needed to practice and stretch to match the skills of my fellow dancers on the Willow Glen High School Drill Team. I remember the pain at first. When I tried to slide into the splits, I was about two feet from the ground-and embarrassed by how f...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 Sometimes there are conditions in a home that a Seller cannot afford to or does not address. This is especially true of course in short sales where money is beyond short supply. In can also be the situation when there is an estate and any expense requires "decision by committee" which is never ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Believe in Yourself “We must do that which we think we cannot.”  Eleanor Roosevelt 1884 - 1962, Former First Lady   As I see it. . . . . . . . Believe in yourself   You have to believe in yourself . . . . and when you believe yourself you will do what you believe you can do.   Don’t become distr...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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    Taking the Good and Turn it Into the Exceptional “The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate apparently ordinary people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not to the identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people.” K. Patricia Cross, Scholar   As I see it. . ....
By Michelle Spalding
(Transaction Management Consultants)
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One of my favorite words to say is Lagniappe, (pronounced LAN-yap) which means “‘to increase; to add’”. The idea of getting something a little extra when making a purchase makes us all smile. That extra is something that exceeds our expectations. It’s like the baker’s dozen. The little extra thin...
By Chad Hyams
(Ember Seminars and Keller Williams Southeast Region)
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Did you manage to get a ticket to Keller Williams Family Reunion 2014?   This can be a crazy hectic event and it is best to have a plan! I thought I could take a moment and help you make the most of these 96 hours. My name is Chad Hyams, and I have attended Keller Williams Family Reunion in many ...
By Michelle Carr-Crowe-Selling Silicon Valley Homes in Top Schools San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Palo Alto-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Just Call (408) 252-8900!)
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When most people plan a journey, they often choose the shortest and quickest route. Yet sometimes it's the longest road that delivers the needed experience and life lessons. As in, "I took the road less traveled, and that has made all the difference." It's easy to give up when the road is long an...
By Cindy Davis
(SD Home Source Realty)
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Okay, this could get controversial, and might also incur some wrath. We’ll see. As an independent broker, I enjoy a freedom to price my listings and services as I wish, and not according to my broker’s standard model. With little overhead, I often offer my clients the savings that I would otherwi...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
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  Social Capital is the international currency of networking Marjorie Tinnell, with Independence Title, in Austin TX presented a wonderful course on “The Authentic Agent.”  I know when Marjorie offers a course it will be time well spent. Her insights from technology to practicing the “best busine...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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The Shortest Listing I Ever Had It can be exciting to get a new listing and to work with a new seller. When the seller has been trying to sell a property for months it become a personal challenge to turn things around and offer solutions that will get the job done and the property closed. Many of...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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A good manager broker has proper controls in place.  But if you have too much control it could be counter productive. With regard to your own clients and your individual business you need to be in control to see that nothing gets derailed. I have found that some owners here in Westchester County ...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
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Client Marketing - Monthly Mailing to Clients/SOI We are concerned by the number of clients who are not doing a monthly mailing to their Clients/SOI. This is a core part of Client Marketing. Does this sound like you?  We recommend a monthly email, monthly mailing and monthly/quarterly calling of ...
By Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books, on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
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What a powerful and controversial position to take and bunch of words to speak or hear. The one saying it is clear and has drawn the line and has taken a stand. The one hearing it is forced to forgo anymore strategy and either get in or get out. HOW IS IT SAID? If said in the heat of the transact...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Lessons From Your Experiences  “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.” Vernon Law, former major league baseball player   As I see it . . . . . . . Lessons from your experiences   There are lessons in your experiences. You can choose to learn the le...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Low-Ball Offers / Over-Market Lists . . . The Joys of Being a Realtor® Being inspired today after reading this post by relative new(er) member to Active Rain, Cindy Davis "Your Relationship With Your Realtor" I thought about what she wrote about. Cindy writes about the relationships we have with ...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
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If you missed our latest crowdsourced webinar, you are going to want to tune in to this!In May, we asked the ActiveRain community how they use social media to help market their business. We wanted to hear from YOU GUYS what fun and unique things you are trying out on social media to engage your c...
By Christopher Pagli, William Raveis Legends Realty
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group)
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I find more and more that buyers are calling the listing agent of a property and expect them to have their best interest in mind. The listing agent represents the seller in a transaction, and should always have the sellers best interest in mind. Anything you say to the listing agent can, and wil...
By Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty Portland Premiere)
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Every community has one, or more. "That Agent."  You know, when everyone mentions the name the rest of us cringe.  Or when there name shows up as the listing agent on the house your buyer wants to see, you roll your eyes and think "oh brother, here we go again." What makes them so difficult to wo...
It's one thing for a job candidate to tell the interviewer how amazing they are. It's another thing for that candidate to be endorsed by a third party. We're all about testimonials - especially video testimonials - when it comes to establishing credibility for our clients. And I'm sure that you, ...