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 Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 78
You May Go Broke to Be StrongI met with a friend for coffee this morning who is going through some rough times. Despite his colorful resume, he is without a job, savings account almost gone, going through a divorce, one closing for the past nine months and have no money to keep going.I listened.....
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Lessons Are Learned From the Experience “The lessons that you learn from your experience can be a hard teacher. Life first gives the test first . . . . and lesson comes after the test.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it. . . . . Le...
By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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 THE SLIGHT EDGE WHY LESS EARN MORE AND MOST EARN LESS I of IIBeing: CLEAR     DIRECT     and       FIRMFor a few months I have been on the search for something, actually it is somewhat like the SLIGHT EDGE, you may want to, no YOU SHOULD want to pick this book up and read it this week: THE SLIGH...
By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 0
THE SLIGHT EDGE WHY LESS EARN MORE AND MOST EARN LESS II of IIBeing: CLEAR     DIRECT     and       FIRMToday I had made it to the J's loan officers are listed alphabetically by first name.And we talked with mean and nasty Jeff, skeptical Jeff, and then NADOTA Jeff.Mean and nasty Jeff after I att...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 36
Speechless Sunday: quote by Lao TzuIf you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 13
 A Breakfast of ChampionsA few weeks ago I was watching a video of Brian Tracy where he was talking about his morning routine for high productivity and was impressed at some of the similarities that we have.Namely a good breakfast does make a difference!!!When I go to various meetings I am always...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 19
If you are going to have a successful career in luxury real estate, it is important that you pay attention to the details.  This applies to your website, your marketing materials and how you do business.  When you pay attention to details, it engenders an additional level of trust. One of the man...
By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
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I just two full days in CE classes for my instructor license. The purpose of those classes were to help me become a better teacher. But in sitting there watching their styles of teaching and examples of their styles by snippets from their actual classes I found myself not only learning to be a be...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(CHEVAUX Group, PLLC)
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So You Want to Sell Commercial Property?I led a company training on the difference between commercial and residential real estate. Many agents are unsure of the differences in the various types of real estate disciplines.  Knowing your trade is important and staying out of legal trouble in areas ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
Focused Motivation“Focused motivation to achieve a goal . . . . will produce far greater results with your clearly of purpose on what you want to achieve.”#Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . . .Focused motivation When yo...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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You cannot motivate someone to achieve. The only thing you can do is create a spark that will build the fire of motivation from within. That inner fire will drive motivation.What about you? Do you have something burning inside you? Frankly, if you do not have the WHY the HOW will not matter. We c...
By Brivity CRM, Leads. Listings. Leverage.
(Brivity)
Comments 15
 Are you sitting on an untapped source of business?One that you could have been mining all along?What is this gold mine?We’re talking about referrals.While many of you will say you’re getting referrals already, are you using this source as fully as you could? A referral refresherAt its most basic...
By Brivity CRM, Leads. Listings. Leverage.
(Brivity)
Comments 17
         Story time. Last week I was sending emails to colleagues from my desk – which I consider my point of world control. I needed answers and wasn’t receiving them.When we finally managed to meet in person I learned that many of our team leaders have so many emails coming in that they are not...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 21
Report your real estate settlement problems   The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to know about the problems that you are having at real estate settlements. Report the problems that need to be fixed.  Consumer protection agency wants to know about snags that arise in real estate closin...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 3
Should We Price Our Home With Room To Negotiate? This is a question that is asked by many home sellers. Clarksville real estate professional Debbie Reynolds provides the answer in this blog. Realistic pricing on the front end is the best to get the job done. Please go to the original blog if you ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 57
Home Inspectors Make Mistakes, Too. Verify.A couple of weeks ago a home inspector almost caused a deal to go south. It wasn't because the home had any structural issues, it was because the inspector incorrectly reported that the heating and air unit was 7 years older than it was. The age reported...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 79
I had just left a listing appointment when I saw the "sign" in front of the neighbors yard. Check out the rider promoting the ability to "see the home yourself." This rental property is indeed listed by a local Realtor. That part surprised me because the list of things that can go wrong are astou...
By Ken Jones, Real Estate Advisor
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I've always thought (and still think) that requests for consumer credit reports for residential rentals is an abuse of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).Why do I hold an opinion that seems to be contrary to common practice?First, I'm no stranger to holding opinions that contradict popular posi...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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With Vision and Determination“Good or bad, the vision and determination of creative people, have and will continue to impact our lives.”Michael Mc Millen, Olympian       As I see it. . . . . . . .With vision . . . . and determination  A person with a vision has a dream . . . . of what can be.  Th...
By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 2
BEGIN NOW to: ALWAYS BE ON TIMEDO WHAT YOU SAY YOU ARE GOING TO DOBE BRUTALLY HONEST1. Hand write, address and mail two thank you notes daily.2. Join a Toastmaster club and be proactive, give seven minute speeches on real estate every two to three weeks. From this one event I have earned over $10...