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!

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By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 121
  I have experienced the dirty side of the world of real estate!   I can recall numerous situations that we as agents, inspectors, appraisers, surveyors and others find ourselves in on a daily basis.  This can be a dirty business for sure!   Some of my dirty little secrets in this business that ...
By Trulia Pro Blog, Real Estate Advice From Real Estate Professionals
Comments 36
Summer is generally the busiest time of year for real estate professionals. Overall, the weather is good. Prospective buyers want to be out and about looking at properties. The flowers are in bloom. The grass smells good. Agents generally find that it’s a pretty good time of year to sell property...
By Amanda Thomas, Broker, Realtor®, SRES®, BPOR
(Providence Group Realty)
Comments 12
As the start of a new school year debuts in the DFW Metroplex, the sage advice we whisper to our young scholars returns to herald their way back to classroom corridors: "You will be know by the company you keep."  Your Business Associations Matter For every reason this advice works to g...
By Jeff Fritzson: Frisco Real Estate Pro, Your Success is My Focus!
(Jeff Fritzson Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors)
Comments 84
I can already hear many people saying, "What do you mean bad reputations, my reputation is great." Unfortunately when you ask the general public to use one adjective to describe a real estate agent, do you really think that adjective is going to be "awesome", "great"...
By Jordana Tobel
Comments 54
As territory manager for Carrington Real Estate South Florida, we have sales meetings via conference call every Wednesday for 30 minutes. Every week, I keep track of things that I feel are important to discuss on an upcoming call such as: commission issues that come up, compliance reminders, prob...
By Jenna Weinerman, Helping deliver a breakthrough client experience.
(Updater)
Comments 20
Too often, we wash our hands of a transaction after closing. Too often, we miss the perfect opportunity to leave a lasting impression. I travel quite a bit with Updater - just yesterday, I spoke to a Broker/Owner of a 45-agent brokerage. She said to me, "Updater is basically the perfect post...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 13
FYI: There are only 18 Fridays left 'till Christmas! And that means, you are one step closer to achieving your real estate goals for the year 2014! Are your sales projections on target? If so, then great. If not, then there is still time to make the most of what is left of the year. Phone pas...
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)
Comments 60
Listing Agents, Use the KISS Principle You have a great listing and want lots of showings. So why make it hard on the other agents to show. Listing Agents, Use the KISS Principle. Make the access easy and the instructions simple. Do whatever you can to make agents want to show your listings not d...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
Comments 5
New Maryland Regulations on Recommending Service Providers   Maryland real estate agents and brokers need to be very careful when recommending service providers. They are now required to verify that the recommended service providers are licensed to provide the services. The following notice was p...
By Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service
(The Jordon Wheeler Group)
Comments 34
Who Needs All Those Pictures?  Buyers DO! Yesterday I took a moment out of my extremely busy schedule to go see a listing with an agent not a part of my firm.  The listing agent and I had conducted business on a previous transaction, and the listing agent grew to like my way of conducting busines...
By Hella M. Rothwell, Real Estate Broker/Owner in Carmel-by-the-Sea CA
Comments 12
This is an extremely busy summer, and when clients call or email me with information that is not necessarily related to the transaction we are working on, I keep NOTES and make LISTS. I am never without my trusty notebook in front of me whether I am sitting at my computer or out on the road. Clie...
By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
Comments 4
I am often asked what I see as the path forward for a Billion Dollar Agent company. Here is the detailed version of my answer. Billion Dollar Agent Company (BDAC) is a public company valued at over $1B with over $1B in revenue and profit margins of 20 percent for $200,000,000 in profits in 2016....
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 6
  Tell People What to Do and Let Them Do It “Never tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” General George Patton 1885 - 1945, General US Army     As I see it. . . . . . . .   Tell people what to do and let them do it   People will surpr...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 1
  Branding and Free Generates Commission Checks   Watch this now. We would like to help YOU make positive and happy changes in your productivity and some simple tasks even free activities can help you with this. Some things will take time. Shall we say months, then some things can bring commissio...
By Tere Rice, First Time Home Buyers, VA Buyers, Horse Ranches,
(Allison James Estates & Homes)
Comments 0
      This beautiful upgraded to the T's house has been on the market for 67 days. The market has slowed, here in Temecula Murrieta Valley, we now have 5 months worth of inventory, the most since the bubble. houses for sale are stacked, builders are finishing their 2007 post bubble burst and ...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 19
Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-What is your Word Worth? Do you pay lipservice to people or is your word  Priceless?? Whether in a personal relationship or professional, when we give our word that we will get something done, people expect us to follow through on it. Do you??   Unless you prove to other...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
Comments 15
FHA Will Not Insure Homes with Leased Solar Panels   Just received this "red alert" from a friend of mine who is an appraiser.  He has been the best source of information for me and I trust his opinion and knowledge.  BUT, the most important thing about this appraiser is he has gone the...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 5
  Hard Times Will Bring Out Your Best     “Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” Bob Riley, American Politian     As I see it . . . . . . .   Hard times will bring out your best   The winds in your life will continually change . . . . ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 9
Feng Shui and Children:  A Lesson from My Late Mother from 2010     Drafted by Carole (2010) As I watched my children growing up and go through all the phases that children do, I wasn't practicing Feng Shui back then. And although I'd heard and read about "The Law of Attraction,"...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 12
  Make People Feel Good Being With You “A man never likes you so well as when he leaves  your company liking himself.” Source Unknown   As I see it . . . . . . .   Make people feel good about being with you   That philosophy applies to every aspect of your life . . . . from your personal relation...