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 Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
Comments 114
Get the "Monkey" off Your Back I attended a lecture by Terry Watson recently where we were encouraged to quit carrying around our clients, friends, and family's monkeys.  For instance, if the fascia wood on the exterior of a home was driving away potential clients for one of your listings, all be...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 44
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)
Comments 16
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)
Comments 9
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 Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 7
  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 Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 12
This is a cautionary tale. I am representing the buyer in the purchase of a four story condo that is a bit unconventional in its legal structure.  The property actually is being conveyed via the transfer of two deeds - one for the upper three floors and a second separate deed for the lower level....
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 6
Enthusiasm is that little voice inside of you that ignites your passion . . . .  and brings out the best in you . . . . and in your actions. Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments.   Act With Enthusiasm “Every memorable act in the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing gr...
By Jayson Hoffer, Mesa AZ 480-518-0747
(Jayson Hoffer Insurance Agency Inc.)
Comments 2
  Unless you want to spend a lot of time building a fan page, an audience, and inviting friends it can be a huge amount of time. You can hire a company to do all these things. Do you want to spend $500 a month for a year to possible get one client? How often do you seriously get clients from a fa...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
  Act With Enthusiasm “Every memorable act in the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it. It gives any challenge or any occupation, No matter how frightening or difficult, new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity But with you ca...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 14
  Failure is Our Teacher “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” Dr. Denis Waitley, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speak...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 28
  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 Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 3
  Mail Three Thank You Notes Daily The Unfortunate side of this when 500 read it, two may do it   Who to? Former clients, Leads, People you know, People you talked with last week   Think about this, when was the last time or how often do you receive a personally addressed envelope, hand written i...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 20
Being top of mind in your marketplace as luxury real estate marketing professionals requires having a remarkable presentation package, that is memorable and makes you stand out from the pack.    Those who manufacture and sell cosmetics understand the concept of standing out with fierce competiti...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 1
  Asking questions (when done politely) is not rude   Do you recall reading this? Ask and you shall receive. We all know the reason for most problems in America and even the world is the lack of understanding of each other, a lack of communications.   When you go to the doctor, he or she does no...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 36
Winners Define Their Goals . . . . “The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, learn about them, or even seriously consider them as believable or  achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharin...
By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - HOM Sotheby's Int'l Re
(HÔM Sotheby's International Realty, BRE License 01501912)
Comments 19
Are you considering purchasing a Newport Beach home? Then you should hire an independent inspector and get your own home inspection. If you aren't sure who to hire, then ask your Realtor for a list of recommended home inspectors! As part of the purchase process, it is your right as a buyer to per...
By Scott Webster
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Comments 7
A picture is worth even more than a thousand words!   Do you ever sometimes wonder, when you click on images of the properties you preview online, "What was that agent thinking?" Sometimes I wonder if the seller and/or agent really wants to sell the house! Now I certainly don't profess to be an e...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 5
These issues seem to come up more in the District of Columbia than in other jurisdictions.  Lise's buyer was very lucky to have an agent with a law degree who understands in the ins and outs of transferring property.  This is indeed a cautionary tale that we can learn from. This is a cautionary t...
By Janis Borgueta, LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 )
Comments 10
HOMEOWNERS TAKE NOTE! DANGER IN WINTER!   While the monster blizzard of 2015 Juno passed my part of Orange County NY, we are not without some snow on the ground. It is important to remember that snow, even in small amounts is a problem for showing a property. During the winter months as a homeown...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
Comments 3
Knowledge is EmPOWERing, ASREB Course It's time for another quarterly Knowledge is EmPOWERing ASREB Course!  This is a one of a kind offering that is included in the Success Series courses held at the Arizona School of Real Estate & Business in downtown Scottsdale, 7142 E. 1st St., Scottsdale, AZ...