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 Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Small Office, Big Service
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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I got up way too early this morning. I was reading the real estate agent comments in a new MLS listing this morning that offered an agent bonus for a full price offer.  Do these bonus offers to buyer agents actually make sense?   Do they work? Why would my buyer pay full price so I get a bonus? I...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Success is Your Responsibity “Responsibility’s like a string we can only see the middle of both ends are out of sight.” William McFee, Author   As I see it . . . . . . . Success is your responsibility   You’re responsible for the success . . . . or failure that we encounter on your success journ...
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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Sacrifice Today To Be the Best You Can Be Tomorrow “Happiness can be defined, in part at least, as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what you want now for what we want eventually.” Stephen Covey, American Educator, Author, Businessman, And Keynote Speaker        As I see it. . . ....
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
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  Do you have your listening ears on?   I hear my son and his wife often say to their 2+ year old son, Hudson, “Do you have your listening ears on?”  He immediately holds his hands to his ears and looks at them.  I love it!  But, so many of us need to be reminded in business to put our own listen...
By William Piotrowski
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    1. Recognize that you have choices. Usually people-pleasers feel as if they don’t have a choice, and they have to say yes when someone asks for their help. But you DO have a choice – and it’s Ok to say no.   2. Decide on your priorities. If you already have commitments or you have set priorit...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Now #weallknow what are #hashtags and how they came to life. But do we know #howtouse these #hashtags? Or to be price #hownottouse them? Here's a great post from William.   7 Major Hashtag No-Nos Twitter came up with hashtags as an easy way for users to keep track of people and topics they want t...
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 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 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 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 Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Port St Lucie FL where the 203k is alive and well I was just doing some research for our new office in St Lucie County FL where Pete Campbell-FHA 203k consultant is ready to help you with your consulting needs. Our company has been doing this since 1994 and when the "streamlined k" was introduced...
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, ...
By William Piotrowski
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    1. Remind yourself that worrying doesn’t stop things happening. Things will happen – or not happen –anyway.2. Recognise that “What ifs” don’t usually help with problem solving. It’s better to use logic, and brain storm for solutions. Take control of your emotions by using rational thinking. ...
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 William Piotrowski
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    How to Recover from an Accidental Screw Up 1. Although it’s natural to feel stupid or bad, don’t stay in the pit of self hatred and despair. It doesn’t mean you’re evil, or that nobody should like you. It just means you are human, and this time you got it wrong. 2. Try and gain perspective b...
By Brenda Mayette
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
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The gas tank was full, as was the k-cup supply.  My mind was realing with many tasks that would be perfect to complete. We were ready!  For??  Well... Tuesday.  Just another Tuesday.  The big storm missed us.  The forecast was for 16+ inches.   Nope... not even an inch. How does this relate to re...