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 Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 90
Oh, When Will We Learn - It's All About Me THEM?  Before building a new website back in the day, I checked out, probably hundreds of real estate websites, and also took an informal poll from several of my then, current clients, former clients and friends pertaining to functionality and content of...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 9
Starting the Day Delivering Bad News is Not Fun! I had a really busy day yesterday in real estate, along with work being done by our plumber, and a number of projects being tackled by our handyman Alan Kier (who leads a double life as the Bubble Man – check out the CBS/KFMB Channel 8 lifestyle se...

By Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"
(U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.)
Comments 29
"If you're going to do something, then do it right or don't do it at all."Yesterday I published a post titled "Don't Bother To Create A Website...".  Today's post is about blogs.A blog is an extraordinary and effective way to establish yourself as an authority (even THE authority) in your marketp...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
Comments 1
  Sorely missed, but always with us....Lou Ludwig's posts live on.  Here is one of my favorites of his.  If you have not discovered Lou's blog, there are years' worth of wisdom to read there. It’s Possible When You Believe It’s Possible “If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or re...

By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 39
   What to do when you have multiple offers on a property when you are a listing agent  . Let's face it we work for the seller and our  fiduciary duty is to the seller . Our job is to get the best possible price and terms for our seller .In some circumstances the highest  price is not always the ...

By Mary Jo Quay
(Remax Results)
Comments 9
Between 1996 when I first started selling real estate, and today, the world has changed a lot. Technology has made us more capable, faster and smarter. My job description is the same, it's how we practice the craft that it is different. What doesn’t change is that real estate is a people business...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 13
   Does the training you get  in real estate matter ?  Does experience count ?  We think so  !   After a home inspection by a licensed Wisconsin Home Inspector often a Buyer will elect to present the Seller with an amendment which has a list of thngs that they would "LIKE" repaired, replaced.   W...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
Comments 8
I think that Debe Maxwell, CRS really nailed this post.  And, it should serve as a lesson for those agents that feel they need to brag about their accomplishments as opposed to their value and the service they will provide:  Oh, When Will We Learn - It's All About Me THEM?    Before building a ne...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 42
  THE ELEVATOR STATEMENT Luxury Real Estate or any other section of real estate is a high stakes game. Commissions are substantial!  If you want to be the market leader, the personal or company brand that your target market thinks of first and refers most often, you must be able to clearly and q...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 43
"No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.”  Alan Watts We have had the opportunity to meet several Olympic gold medal winners in ice skating thanks to our friendship with their management team.  What stood out in talking to them is that they know wit...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
Comments 2
If you are trying to buy real estate in a hot seller's market, you might very well find yourself in a multiple offer position.  Here are some great tips from Debbie Reynolds on how to handle this situation:  How to Poise Your Offer in a Multiple Offer Situation to Win  So many markets across the ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 13
It’s Possible When You Believe It’s Possible “If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that left is a compromise.” Robert Fritz, Author and Management Consultant       As I see it. . . . . . . . It’s possible w...

By Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"
(U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.)
Comments 93
"It would have qualified as a business crisis if I had to leave that behind when I made a change."-Carol Williams  In 2008, when I was still an active real estate agent, I wrote the following blog post.  It is as true today as then, so wanted to pass it along again.  Please heed the advice.  You...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
Comments 24
How to Poise Your Offer in a Multiple Offer Situation to Win So many markets across the country have limited inventory resulting in multiple offers. This puts stress on agents and buyers and leaves sellers with big smiles on their faces. With so many buyers rallying for the same homes, many buyer...

By PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent), Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
Comments 0
 Staying connected to your homeowners (via Seller's Corner) pays off in 2018.How?Case in point: 1572 Seascape Blvd, Aptos, CA 95003- Listing Price (2015): $645,000 (via Redfin)- Listing Price (2018): $849,999 (via Oak Anchor Homes)- Property Value Increase: $204,999 in just 3 years.In a nutshell,...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
Comments 11
Multiple offers are an everyday thing in this real estate market. It takes treating agents with respect and courtesy for the time they have invested in preparing their offer for their buyers. Nobody wants to lose.       What to do when you have multiple offers on a property when you are a listing...

By Monica Hill, the REALTOR to help you discover Delaware
(RE/Max Associates)
Comments 1
When posting your "For Sale" signs and any other signs connected with your real estate business and listings, know the rules. Real estate being very local, PLEASE check with your own municipality (local or state) as to whose rules you need to follow.In Delaware, it's DelDot, the Delaware Departme...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 4
As Lou Saw It.....Lou understood how character is built and he led the way with it.... Building Character is a Process  “You cannot dream yourself into character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.”   James A. Froude 1818 – 1894, English Historian, Novelist, Biographer, Editor of Fraser’s Ma...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 0
Finding Success Your Way! I have never met two real estate agents that run their business exactly the same way. Each has their own personality, their own style and their own way of connecting with clients. I am often asked if there is one perfect formula for building a real estate business. I wo...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 12
Simplify! We just had a great two-day Safari workshop this week. What I love most about Safari is that no two are alike! Although the principles and foundations of each are the same, the application of those principles of each are driven by the unique needs of the agents in the room. At this las...