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 BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier)
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  A postcard from a fellow Dallas Realtor came in the mail a few days back to our house.  I thought he did a good job with his writing. However, I found several statements that I know were considered ethics violations in prior years.   I send him an email that suggested he check those items with ...
By Judy Wahba Realtor-Broker/Owner Steve Houck Realtor/Partner
(Real Estate Partners, LLC)
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I have touched on this subject before, but, feel that it needs to be addressed more fully. First, everyone gets advice from Uncle Bill and all of these countless online advisors, but the truth is, the only person who can advise you on your offer is your Realtor.   " I read somewhere that you shou...
By Chris Colgan, Real Estate Expert Advisor
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8 Tips for Preparing for Your Open HouseHolding an open house is a solid way to get your property on buyers’ radars. But anyone can tack up an open house sign and hope for the best. Instead, use these tips to present your home ideally and make your open house a full house.1.       Become your own...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Step Out of Your Comfort Zone“How can you learn and grow when you never step outand try something new and exciting?There is never a lack of resources, only a lack of ideas.Without risk, there can be no progress.All of us only have so much sand left in the hourglass,and one day our sand will run o...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Blaming Won’t Change or Correct the Condition“All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you” Dr. Wayne Dyer, Author, Professional Speaker        As I see it . . . . . . .Blaming won’t change or correc...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Be a Leader in Your Field“The history of the world is full of men who rose toleadership by sheer force of self-confidence,bravery, and tenacity.” Mahatma Gandhi 1869 – 1948, Preeminent Leader of the Indian Independence Movement                As I see it . . . . . . .Be a leader in your field The...
By Teri Barton, Compass Real Estate Team, CEO
(Compass Real Estate Team)
Comments 1
One thing that I cherish most about Pasadena is its green space. Pasadena has long been loved for its tree lined streets, its gardens and its beautiful natural setting. However, I feel, the once green Pasadena has become crowded with luxury condos and new apartment buildings.  To the developers g...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Successful Time Management“The key to successful time management is doing the most important task first, and giving it your full concentration, to the exclusion of everything else.”R.   Alec MacKenzie, Time Management Expect As I see it . . . . . . .Successful time management Successful time mana...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Good Example of Luck is . . . .“I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it. The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on.”Samuel Goldwyn 1882 - 1974, movie executive, producer       As I see it . . . . . . .A good example of...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 21
“Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass.” ~ Napoleon Hill     While reading and turning my windshield time to learning time, I have been re-visiting the age old classic by Napoleon Hill. In my search and quest for answers, I have come acros...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Talent is Like Electricity“Electricity makes no judgment. You can plug into it and light up a lamp, keep a heart pump going, light a cathedral, or you can electrocute a person with it. Electricity will do all that. It makes no judgment. I think talent is like that.I believe every person is born w...
By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
Comments 44
Cooperating with Agents Not On Your MLSAs a listing agent, I've always thought it was important to sell my clients' homes -- to and with anyone who has a ready, willing, and able buyer.That includes working with real estate agents that might reside in Green Valley, or Sierra Vista, or Casa Grande...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 14
Nice job Tony, sounds like a fine code of ethics that you are following.  It will get you through plenty of doors, up there and down here. I was just thinking, what would God want to see in a Realtor before allowing them to pass through the Pearly Gates?  I guess some of the most important criter...
By Tammy Todaro, ABR
(RE/MAX Executive Realty in Franklin, Ma.)
Comments 12
Here's One For The Team!We are starting to see more and more teams created in real estate agencies. What is the true meaning of a "Team"?  Doesn't that mean that the group of people work together to accomplish something?  Maybe some of these "Teams" are just trying to accomplish a top ranking nam...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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John Meussner, mortgage specialist, makes a wonderful point in this blog post he wrote. Take the time to learn about people and you just might reap the benefits of networking. You Got My Attention.  You Won't Get My Business       "Hi Jon!", the email began.   Ok, it's pretty easy to forget an 'h...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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High performing teams enjoy the benefits of positive communication.  Have you noticed that organization with internal problems can trace the cause to poor communication? Working together requires mutual respect.  Many of conflicts within a  team have their root cause in improper communication.Som...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 8
Call me, call me anytime…call me! I have little expectation of striking up a close relationship with the escrow officer providing a clear title and sending out a final HUD prior to closing. I do however, prefer an introduction of some sort... A text, email, phone call, snap chat, fax, even snail ...
By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
Comments 0
This is so well put.  Thanks Blaming Won’t Change or Correct the Condition “All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you”  Dr. Wayne Dyer, Author, Professional Speaker          As I see it . . . . . ...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty )
Comments 9
Another Smooth Baltimore Settlement  This is what a smooth settlement looks like in Baltimore.   Congratulations to all.    The lucky buyer with Caroline Merideth his L&F agent, my wonderful seller and the delightful Dan Harvey with Cotton Duck Title.Can you guess who was taking the picture?   41...
By Jessica Schweppe, Real Estate Marketing Expert + Blogger
Comments 217
There are tons of articles out there telling you how to optimize your MLS listings to make them stand out to potential buyers (including this one that we published a while back). While it's true that you need to be aware of things that will be a turn-on to home shoppers, you also need to be aware...