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 87
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,)
Comments 53
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)
Comments 21
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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 11
An Exceptional Leader Will . . . .“If your actions create a legacy that inspires other to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader.”Dolly Parton, Entertainer   As I see it . . . . . . .An exceptional leader will . . . . Exceptional leaders are doers . . . ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Activities Become the Foundation For Your Future“The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today’s work superbly well.”Sir William Osler, 1849 – 1919 physician, writer  As I see it. . . . . . . . Your activities become the foundation for your future. . . . The preparation that you undertake...
By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 8
Personal Self-Discipline And Freedom - A Winning Combination! If you closely follow the footsteps of top producing agents, successful business people, and athletes you will soon realize that the one thing they have in common is personal self-discipline. Some will argue that talent is more import...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 17
 Success is a Choice Only You Can Make“No one can cheat you out of ultimate success, but yourself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 -1882, essayist, lecturer, poet As I see it . . . .Success is a choice only you can make The path that you choose to travel in your lifetime is a choice. You can choose pac...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena CA Real Estate 818.516.4393 Cell
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 63
I’m A REALTOR® I’m Not A Magician But I Do Have Some Secrets To Share When you hire me for your real estate representation you not only get my years of experience and market knowledge, I also share some secrets that can assist you in winning whether you are a prospective buyer or seller.  This pr...
By Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor, SFR, PMC and Investor
(Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt)
Comments 9
Change for the better... "Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change."Jim Rohn  As we are about to embark in our last quarter of 2015, I came across the quote above and I wanted to share it will my fellow ActiveRain members.  Many are rethinking their business goal for comi...
By Georgia Weaver, A Promise Made is a Promise Kept! 712-291-0118
(Weaver Realtors)
Comments 2
How to be successful as a new real estate agent in 5 steps. The bare bones basics of being a REALTOR, by Georgia Weaver - Broker/Owner of Weaver Realtors.5 Steps to new agent success as a Realtor 1. Choose the company you are associated with carefully, you need training and help when you are star...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 11
No Road . . . . is Too Long With Persistence“No road is too long for him who advances slowly and does not hurry, no attainment is beyond his reach who equips himself with patience to achieve it.”Jean de la Bruyere 1645 -1696, French Essayist As I see it . . . . . . .No road is . . . . too long wi...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
Perseverance Will Take You to the Top“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.”Samuel Johnson, writer As I see it. . . . . . . . Perseverance will take you to the top Many times success is within our reach  . . . . and we atop pursuing your goals just short of achieving our ...
By Lina Poka, MBA, Multi-award winning Senior Marketing Professional
(Morris Real Estate Marketing Group)
Comments 3
Realtors are you practising active listening?  With the recent post about client managment systems, I decided to write about what I do when I meet a client for a listing appointment.   First of all I listen...I think the most important rule of any real estate preofessional is to tune in to the cl...
By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
Comments 7
                                                                                      Sam Shueh                                                                           SShueh  at                                                                          (Four-O-Eight) 425-1601 Real Esta...
By Dana Hollish Hill, Associate Broker
(Hollish Hill Group)
Comments 3
Try Before You BuyI don't know about you, but I really appreciate it when stores offer a chance to try a product before I buy it. So many grocery stores are offering samples of fruit, cheese, cookies, sushi, even handing you a slice of meat when you buy it at the deli counter. I especially like i...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 14
 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 Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 11
A family friend was a highly successful agent in our area.  So when I got my real estate license, she was the obvious choice to go to for advice as to where I should hang my shingle.Should I go to the northern burbs, where the big money is?  Should I stay in my own neighbourhood (more moderate ho...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 24
No matter what service industry you’re in smooth sailing occurs when detailed systems are in place and ready to follow. Flying by the seat of your pants may have worked in the past but if you want to be viewed as the consummate professional in your field you need to take time to establish procedu...
By Bill Lauler, Associate Broker,CIPS,CRB,SRES,GRI
(Chase Realty LLC)
Comments 8
   If you have taken a difficult listing involving too many family members that are dispersed all over the country..the fire has already been started. You can only work for one client while being courteous to other family members makes life interesting.  Some who are successful in other business'...
By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Comments 10
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...