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)
Comments 25
Earlier this week I posted a blog asking the question "if YOU were a potential seller, would you be impressed that an agent took the ... ahem... 'time' to put you on an automated email campaign?" with the promise to return and elaborate on my statement that "Professionals Don't Need Drips."Let me...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 47
5 Guiding Principles to Building a Referral Business When I first started in the real estate business (1987) I didn't really have a plan of action to 'build' a business other than take floor time, do open houses and create a farm area. And that worked pretty good for me as my office was located i...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
Comments 72
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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 53
Are You Enjoying What You Do? “Most people are so busy knocking themselves outtrying to do everything they think they should,they never get around to dowhat they want to do.”Kathleen Winsor, American Author  As I see it . . . . . . .Are you enjoying what you do? You can go through life doing . . ...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 71
 Advice for New Agents Become a Neighborhood Expert When I first started I picked an area and farmed it  By farming I mean I send mailers out in a timely manner  I offered  a free market analysis . If I sold or listed a property in the area or an agent in my office did I asked permission from the...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 57
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 Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad 707.646.1876
(Executive Director of Education and Industry Outreach RETechCampus)
Comments 29
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 Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®)
Comments 33
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 Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 12
Tonight, it was hard to watch the late night news and all of the pictures of the flooding in South Carolina.  They interviewed a guy standing on his screened-in porch with water lapping up to the top step.  He was talking about how he was so much more fortunate than his across the street neighbor...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 13
Winners Don’t Quit . . . . They Persist . . . .“The pro is the person who has all the hassles, obstacles, and disappointing frustrations that everyone else has - yet continues to persist, does the job, and makes it look easy."David Cooper, sales trainer   As I see it. . . . . . . . Winners don’t ...
By William Piotrowski
(Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation )
Comments 3
 How to Improve your Productivity1. Plan your day in advance. That means you can get up and get started right away instead of frittering or wasting time. (Often writing a “to do list” is a useful idea.)2. Decide on your priorities, and do the most important things first.3. Also, do the hardest ta...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
Turn Your Imagination Loose“Nothing limits achievement like small thinking; nothing expands possibilities  like unleashed imagination.” William Arthur Ward 1921 – 1989, author As I see it. . . . . . . . Turn your imagination loose Unleash your imagination . . . . Allow it to run free . . . . As y...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 27
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 Frank Rubi, MBA,
(Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC)
Comments 1
Are You Enjoying What You Do? “Most people are so busy knocking themselves out trying to do everything they think they should, they never get around to do what they want to do.” Kathleen Winsor, American Author   As I see it . . . . . . . Are you enjoying what you do?   You can go through life d...
By Irina Jordan
Comments 3
Fact: LinkedIn is underutilized by real estate agents. Facebook seems to be a platform of choice for real estate pros. I say LinkedIn deserves a second chance. You can become a LinkedIn influencer by being strategic about your activities focusing on the ones that build your influence.Here are 3 s...
By Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor, SFR, PMC and Investor
(Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt)
Comments 13
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 Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA
(Homesmart International)
Comments 2
Imagination and expectation are only two pieces of the puzzle. Most people I have met for 35 years and believe me, I have met thousands of real estate agents, and most of them are clueless on real success or accomplishment in real estate sales. They have no desire whatsoever, they are lacking com...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 1
 It is not uncommon to hear people say that real estate looks easy and that they intend to get their license so they can keep all the commissions.  Many of these folks sign up for real estate school with the thought that it will be a cake walk and they will be bringing in 6 figures year one.  Tho...
By Tim and Julie Harris
(Tim & Julie Harris® Real Estate Coaching)
Comments 0
Today On Real Estate Coaching Radio® 10 Things Most Agents Insist On Learning The Hard Way Experienced agents are typically more successful than green ones - and the reason is because they make decisions based on countless life & career lessons they've learned throughout their career. While thes...
By Kathleen Luiten
(Resort and Second-Home Specialist)
Comments 1
Happy Grasshopper posted a blog I found valuable and I was surprised there were no comments. Maybe many people missed it. If you didn't read 5 Activities That Will Get You to the Top  here is the URL for it. would have reblogged it but didn't see the usual button for reblog...