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 Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
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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 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 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 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 Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA
(Homesmart International)
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How Often do You IMAGINE & EXPECT-Winning?Have you ever had a time in your life when you wanted more? More water, more food, more clothes, newer car, bigger house? Have you ever noticed how many Americans like to win?Let's take a closer look at this subject and see how YOU can have more--- just a...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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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 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...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Persist . . . . “Many of life’s failures are people who did not Realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”Thomas A. Edison 1847 - 1931, inventor As I see it. . . . . . . . Persist . . . .   When things are looking dark . . . . Look for a way to turn on the light of your creative t...
By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c), Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists
(Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
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We have a seller that does not want to be home when she has a showing. She doesn't want us to accompany the showing agent, but she doesn't want to be there either.   When we notify her that another Realtor is going to show, she wants to run out of the house as fast as possible.   She doesn't mind...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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A Rookie Agent in 1980, Some Things Never ChangeThe real estate business is a people business. If you don't like people and don't want to talk with people and hear their problems then don't get into real estate. It was that way 35 years ago and is that way today.For those rookies entering the bus...
By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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Yesterday was quite a day for me - after undergoing foot surgery, I hobbled to the nearest Secretary of State with my temporary handicap placard application.  The woman who tormented helped me had apparently never heard of the concept of customer service. First she told me that I couldn't get a p...
By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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An article written by the NAR Legal Affairs Department and published in July 2009 starts:"What’s in a Name?” That question begins the Membership Marks Manual of the National Association of REALTORS®."Here is a link to that article: Using NAR Trademarks in UsernamesThere is also a short animated v...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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Preventing stress is the best way to handle stress. You can't prevent bad things from happening, but you can prevent yourself from stressing over them. By taking care of yourself every day, you'll be in the best mind and the best body to ride the waves when stressors occur. Here are 8 things you ...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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 Please join in the Business Planning -   ActiveRain Group Think From October through January business planning is on many successful agents minds. I will be teaching multiple CE classes from October to January.  I created the class about 3 or so years ago and it's way past time to update the pre...
By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 93
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 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 Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad 707.646.1876
(Executive Director of Education and Industry Outreach RETechCampus)
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Social media sharing is really just content marketing on steroids, but how much traffic does it drive and how much business is it generating for you? What if there were a way to Co-Brand your Content Marketing and sharing initiatives to targeted audiences and do it for free? Would you be interest...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
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We have always been proponents of high touch.  High touch equals high trust. Early in our commercial real estate career in Beverly Hills, California we developed a high touch system with our listing clients and our buyer clients. We were one of the first real estate firms to use computers through...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Be a Person With Belief “One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.John Stuart Mill 1806 – 1873, British Philosopher, Political Economist, Civil Servant  As I see it. . . . . . . .Be a person with belief . . . . Be a person with belief . . . . Believe in yourself ...