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 Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn, Author of Sell with Soul
(Sell with Soul)
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A few years ago I wrote a blog called "Professionals Don't Need Scripts" where I pontificated on my strongly held opinion that someone who is an expert in their field (or even reasonably competent) should not have to (or want to) rely on scripts when interacting with clients or potential clients....
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 48
What do you think is most important for a new person in Real Estate?  Is it skill or will?  You can have all the knowledge in the world.  But knowledge is not power.  The application of knowledge is power.  Don't be fooled by knowledge and experience.  I work largely with privately held and famil...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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 Advice for New Agents Become a Neighborhood Expert When I first started I picked an area and farmed it  By farming I mean I send mailers out in a timely manner  I offered  a free market analysis . If I sold or listed a property in the area or an agent in my office did I asked permission from the...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Take Responsibility . . . . For Your Future“You can’t escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”Abraham Lincoln 1809 - 1865, 16th President of the United States  As I see it. . . . . . . . Take responsibility . . . . for your future By taking the responsibility . . . . for your f...
By Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn, Author of Sell with Soul
(Sell with Soul)
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Earlier this week I posted a blog asking the question "if YOU were a potential seller, would you be impressed that an agent took the ... ahem... 'time' to put you on an automated email campaign?" with the promise to return and elaborate on my statement that "Professionals Don't Need Drips."Let me...
By Lina Poka, MBA, Multi-award winning Senior Marketing Professional
(Morris Real Estate Marketing Group)
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Most real estate agents run around being and feeling busy but miss their goals because of two main reasons: They do not keep tabs on their numbers. They do not stick close to their highest priority (and revenue generating) activities. Realtors, make this the year you far surpass your goals and ex...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Are You Enjoying What You Do? “Most people are so busy knocking themselves outtrying to do everything they think they should,they never get around to dowhat they want to do.”Kathleen Winsor, American Author  As I see it . . . . . . .Are you enjoying what you do? You can go through life doing . . ...
By Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Selling Daytona paradise for heavenly good prices
(Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408)
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When I check my email, I see ads sent by real estate agents. Quite a few of them are from neighboring cities, which are part of different MLS. And I am often puzzled by how agents do it.Take for example the ad I saw in the mail today:Buyer's loss is someone else's gain!  Beautifully redone 4 bedr...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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The more focused you efforts become . . . . the more energy you will put in reaching your objective Know What Really Matters to You “In order to do what really matters to you, you have to first of all, know what really matters to you.” Dr. Edward Hallowell, Author   As I see it . . . . . . . Know...
By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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A very worthy post from Hannah Williams deserving a second look.  This is my re-blog for tomorrow - off to use the scheduling feature!  Pay close attention to Hannah's strategy!   Advice for New Agents Become a Neighborhood Expert  When I first started I picked an area and farmed it  By farming I...
By Home Value Leads
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This post was originally published on the Home Value Leads blog.You work hard every day to make sure your client’s real estate transactions go smoothly. You go the extra mile and out of your way (often!) to accommodate their needs – and you don’t mind. Then – BAM! – you see a bad review. It might...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
Comments 68
The 4 C's ~ The Very Best Advice I Can Give a Rookie in Real Estate  This post is not about an “A-Ha” moment when some real estate sage gave me a piece of advice that became THE KEY to success in a real estate career.  NO, This post comes from being licensed and working as a real estate person fo...
By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
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How To Make Money as a Realtor®?I have been talking to some new Realtors® who received their real estate license within the past couple of months as well as reading questions/comments on various social media groups from new agents and there’s one common questions; -How do I start making money as ...
By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
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Good Afternoon, I hope you had a Great weekend, Are you sick and tired of hearing about TRID yet? You should be since it really doesn't affect you all that much as a Realtor... yes, there will be some more waiting involved but, other than that you're not directly affected at all. You don't have t...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
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FHA Misconceptions - Listing Agents, Read This       FICO score?  Doesn't matter.  Debt to income ratio?  Nope, doesn't matter, either.  Have documents been analyzed?  Has a thorough pre-approval complete with analysis of income, assets, and automated underwriting been completed?  NOW we're on to...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 The Advantage of Remaining Cool and Composed“Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”Thomas Jefferson 1743 - 1826, 3th President of the United States    As I see it. . . . . . . . The advantage of remaining cool and ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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No One Can Defeat You Without Your Permission “No one can defeat us unless we first defeat ourselves.”Dwight D. Eisenhower 1890 - 1969, 34th President of the United States As I see it. . . . . . . . No one can defeat you without your permission The journey of success or failure is first in your t...
By Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®)
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Keep Your Head in the Game If you ever played an organized athletic activity, no doubt you've heard a coach say to a player, "Keep you head in the game, nnff&$".  (nnff&$ is a place holder for whatever term of endearment the coach had for your team.) As brokers and agents, we have to keep our hea...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
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Fellow Agents Who Use Your MLS Pictures Without Permission!So here we go again on this topic of others using our MLS pictures for their own listings.  We have had enough of dealing with the other companies who freely use our materials.  Having one of your fellow agents whom you just did a deal wi...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Integrity is a 100% Thing “Integrity is not a ninety percent thing, not a ninety-five percent thing. Either you have it or you don’t.”Peter Scotese, American Textile Executive  As I see it. . . . . . . . Integrity is a 100% thing A person either has integrity . . . . or they don’t.  You can’t tu...