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 Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 55
There is advice all over the sites for Realtors about how to work with millennials.  But nobody seems to be doing anything to help the "30 Under 30" crowd figure out how to expand their business to appeal to their elders.  And it's pretty safe to say that there are a few generational differences....
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 24
One major change in the Tallahassee housing market that has resulted from the housing bubble and subsequent crash is the reduction in the neighborhood turnover ratio.The turnover ratio is a simple concept that is not so simple to measure, and I have not heard about local real estate agents use th...
By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Century 21 New Millenium)
Comments 6
So, You Want to Get Your Contract Accepted on My ListingI am not primarily a listing agent, I represent buyers as well as sellers.  It is everyone's hope and wish to receive multiple offers on their listings.  In the the current market place where there is more demand than there are homes for sal...
By Geoffrey Jones, Sell my home fast - We buy houses
(Investorwize LLC)
Comments 1
Eviction! The ugliest word when it comes to owning your home and renting it out. Eviction are not a nice experience but sadly it occurs. This may be for numerous motives. Perhaps your renters are wild, not reliable, or there are several other disparities. To be able to correctly undergo the evict...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 12
There are Both Risks and Rewards With a Plan“There are risks and costs to a plan of action. But they are far less than the long – range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”John F. Kennedy 1917 - 1963, 35th President of the United States As I see it. . . . . . The are both risks and rewards w...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 15
 Change Has the Power to . . . . “Change it has the power to uplift, to heal, to stimulate,surprise, open new doors, bring fresh experience and create excitement in life. Certainly it is worth the risk.”Leo Buscaglia 1924 – 1998, Author, Motivational Speaker, As I see it . . . . . . .Change has t...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 17
When You’re Fired With Beliefs Impossibilities Vanish “Man is so made that whatever fires his soul makes impossibilities vanish.”Jean de la Fontaine 1621 – 1695, French Fabulist, Poet As I see it . . . . . . .When you’re fired with beliefs impossibilities vanish  Your personal beliefs fire your t...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 19
Do you look at other luxury real estate marketing professionals who list “trophy” homes with envy? Or, do you believe that you create your own luck? Many luxury real estate agents make the mistake of chasing after “trophy” listings.  These are the high profile homes that are architecturally signi...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 7
Program Your Success Into Your Thinking“Decide the desired outcome that you want to achieve . . . . and the action steps that will be required to successfully to achieve the results. Create a mental image of your outcome as you want it to be. . . . .  Keep those images programmed in your thinking...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 6
Here's looking at you kid! ~ Nerdin Gardens As summer winds down, giving way to fall, many plants are nearing the end of their growing cycles. Where vivid greens and vibrant blooms once stayed, tans, yellows and browns are now in garden fashion. Cooler temperatures, along with shorter days determ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
Face Change Boldly With an Open Mind “Not everything that you face in life can be changed . . . . But without facing the things in your life boldly . . . .nothing in your life will change . . . . until it’s faced.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Aut...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 15
What a great post by Lou Ludwig..... this applies to personal goals, as well as business....I'm very disciplined with working out every day and after reading this post, those who have a difficult time staying on track would be wise to read and reread this. Practice Makes Permanent “People create ...
By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, Connecting Good People w/ the San Diego Lifestyle!
(Big Block Realty)
Comments 4
Are You "By Referral" or "Word of Mouth"? Sounds the same, what's the difference you ask? It's a big difference actually ...  What many folks I come across in networking thing is working by referral, is really just word of mouth. Word of mouth is very random in practice and in results. Conversely...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 12
A problem that’s addressed . . . . and solved on the spot has the capacity to quickly resolve the issue with the less negative effects on those involved. Solve the Problem on the Spot “Problems should be solved on the spot, as soon as they arise. No frontline employee should have to wait for a su...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 2
Why should you keep in touch with buyers - all the time?You never know when they will be motivated to buy!Here's Will Hamm 's experience, in his own words - in this re-blog. Funny how some things work out with our clients, I have a young couple that I have been working with since May to find a ho...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 10
Many agents have become photographers, videographers, web developers, staging experts, marketing mavens, and SEO Jockeys.  If you have time to do all that, you are not doing what brings business in. We always ask our clients:  “What can you do better than anyone else in your luxury real estate bu...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 10
What is the first thing you do when you receive a 'sign call'?Good agents always want to meet the prospects at the office.You have the appointment with such prospect. You are waiting and waiting and waiting....Let Mona Gersky tell you this story..... Honestly, I feel pretty safe in what I do for ...
By Will Hamm
(Hamm Homes)
Comments 16
Funny how some things work out with our clients, I have a young couple that I have been working with since May to find a home.  Being the first home, they are excited and looking forward to having their first home.  Well we have written 15 contracts and have been out bit on all 15 but yesterday w...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 46
We always ask our clients:  “What can you do better than anyone else in your luxury real estate business?  Whatever, the answer is, this is where you should concentrate your time, and leave everything else to the professionals. Many agents have become photographers, videographers, web developers,...
By Kathleen Luiten
(Resort and Second-Home Specialist)
Comments 4
Some listing may help your prestige but hurt your pocketbook. Here is some sage advice from Ron and Alexandra Seigel about taking those high profile, high ticket listings. Do you look at other luxury real estate marketing professionals who list “trophy” homes with envy? Or, do you believe that yo...