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 Steven Schafer, CDPE, SFR, ABR, SRES
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Comments 61
Is The Newspaper Dead?   Here are some facts that will set up the blog post. Since 1990 newspaper readership has declined by 24,000,000 while the population has grown by 69,000,000. There are 69 million more potential readers but here are the numbers for Sunday readership. In 1990, 60 million peo...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 10
Whether you are buying or selling a home, a real estate contract is going to be involved and will hopefully serve its purpose while keeping you out of trouble. We use a contract to spell out the specific terms of a home sale and purchase, and that means it is a legal document that creates obligat...
By John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(John Marshall )
Comments 44
Part time jobs that can enhance your real estate career - I know that it is ideal to be a full time agent when you are selling real estate, however I also know that we do not live in an ideal world and some of the best agents had to continue working a full or part time job to supplement their inc...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 6
Mapping The Sweet Spots on Your Forestland Properties Would your Forestland Properties sell easier if you could provide a Great map for your prospect? Maps with · Topo lines · Stand types · Wildlife habitat features · Aerial photos · Satellite images · Roads, trails and improvements · And more  ...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
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You have email. Lots of it. And not enough time or desire to manage it. We can help you with Email Management. Reply to this blog or email me with your top three Email Management problems, and I will give you some quick tips which you may have never heard before. Watch Video Now - Short 2 Minute...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Who determines a home inspector's Standard of Care? Seems to me that the Standards of Care (or practice) for a home inspector is fairly simple. Home inspectors are licensed and their Standards of Practice or Care is determined by the licensing authorities and the respective professional organizat...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 3
Real Estate Agents Do Not Write Legal Copy. Thank you, thank you, thank you.  This cannot be repeated often enough.  In fact, real estate agents who write legal copy are in violation of real estate license law.  Not to mention dangerous.  Boy, I've seen some doozies over the years.  Agents who wr...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 6
The Hallmark of a Great Leader “A great leader never sets himself above his followers except in carrying responsibilities.” Jules Ormont, Motivational Speaker   As I see it. . . . . . . . The hallmark of a great leader   A great leader . . . . will inspire the people around them to strive for and...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 19
Both Ron and I passed by these flowers and took a step back to admire.  We said the word "Wow" together! Isn't amazing how colors can inspire and change one's mood?  We loved this quote, by Allen Klein, "Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world.  Constantly color your picture...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
Success is Not Spontaneous “Someone might have a germ of talent, but 90% of it is discipline and how you practice it, what you do with it. Instinct won’t carry your through the entire journey. It’s what you do in the moments between inspiration.” Cate Blanchett, Actress   As I see it . . . . . . ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
All Things Become Possible “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for these who believe.” Gail Devers, Runner   As I see it. . . . . . . . All things become p...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 4
Managing your time This blog by forestland expert Bob Crane provides some for good advice that applies to many of us. Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. Event Management, the Key to Time Management We all strive to fit far more into a day than is possible yet we all str...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 35
Who can 'sit' at an open house in Maryland?   The current newsletter from the Maryland Real Estate Commission includes another warning and some advice on who can "sit" at an open house in Maryland. Real estate brokers need to be alert to make sure their agents understand and comply with the open ...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Comments 3
Round robin of blog posting, that is what happens if your platforms are targeting, aimed at different audience market segments. And with a slightly varied purpose, topic selection rotation. Not the same goals and themes but that shine, stand out. That get blogged about on a regular basis. Your bu...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 34
Fred Griffin wrote an article recently about "Should Real Estate Agents Carry a Gun?"  His discussion makes a very good point - if you can't use it, don't carry it. With the recent tragic murder of a real estate agent there has been much written about the importance of real estate agent safety.  ...
By Larry Johnston, Real Estate Broker
(Associate Broker, Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Comments 6
With the increased interest in Meth, we are discovering more homes becoming meth houses.  There are investors that are buying up homes and renting them out, only to find out a year later the renters were manufacturing Meth.  Now the home-owner is stuck with a problem home.  Many of us are just le...
By Anthony Lamacchia
(McGeough Lamacchia Realty, Inc. )
Comments 0
Buyers, sellers, and sometimes even real estate agents get confused with how closing cost credits work. Closing cost credits are a great tool to help buyers pay their closing costs and have more money after closing.  This is important because buyers often have lots of expenses such as making repa...
By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County
(Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts Real Estate)
Comments 9
  Michael Hottman provides some great information on Meth Labs to help educate not only AR members but parents as well.. Please read it may help you understand some things the kids are doing today!     More and more I see the topic of various disclosures come up in venues like Facebook groups, re...
By Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte
(Savvy + Company Real Estate)
Comments 108
I’m not the kind of girl to disparage others. I know how hard those of us practicing Real Estate work! But I can hardly shush my ‘tsk-tsk’s’ when I encounter Real Estate agents who just don’t ‘get’ it. Some are merely 'old school', refusing to adapt. Others are just plain burnt out, and it’s all ...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 61
BROOM CLEAN isn't quite as simple as it may appear to the average consumer buyer or seller. Inspired by "Broom Clean" by Jay Markanich. For clarity, many contracts provide for "Broom clean and free of debris". Just what does it mean and who manages compliance with that clause in the Contract of S...