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 Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 108
Last night a fellow Realtor of mine was telling me about a situation where she received two very similar offers on one of her listings. The difference was important. The first offer was presented from a seasoned & trusted area agent. The second agent still had his real estate school umbilical cor...
By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
Comments 26
This is our entry for the ActiveRain Contest - Winning Over the Naysayers  A new Team Member had a friend who had already listed his house twice, and "fired" the two listing agents in quick succession, and our new Team Member wanted us to meet with the Seller to render our opinion as to how to ge...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 6
The Strategic Advantage . . . . of Knowledge“Strategic advantage lies in the leverage of knowledge.”Robert Buckman, Leadership Coach   As I see it. . . . . . . .The strategic advantage  . . . . of knowledge  Keeping your knowledge on the cutting edge of your chosen profession creates . . . . a st...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(RE/MAX Excalibur,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
Comments 5
The appraisal industry has just signed an agreement that will effectively Raise the Bar for Education  in Energy Efficiency for related industries.  This agreement was signed January 21, 2016 with the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET.)  Why is this important to realtors you ask?  Realt...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 13
Learn to Bounce back“Some defeats are only installments to victory.”Jacob A. Riis, Danish Journalist   As I see it. . . . . . . .Learn to bounce back To achieve success it’s becomes essential  . . . . to use all of the tools in your arsenal to accomplish . . . . your desired outcome. One tool tha...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 9
I had nothing to tell them, today... my sellers.We came on the last week, at an agressive price.While we've only been online a short while... we've had zero showings.  Lots of online views... lots of Realtors sending the listing to their clients.... but thus showings.So, this morning... ...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 15
Stop and think about it for a minute, Loan Originators are ask Borrowers to depend on them to secure financing for the single most expensive purchase of their lives, and ask Realtors/Agents to refer them to their most valuable resource.  Neither of these are going to happen without a very high le...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
One of Your Most Perishable Possession“Love is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions.”John Randolph 1825 - 1827, Congressman from Virginia  As I see it. . . . . . . .One of Your most . . . . perishable possession If we don’t use it . . . .  it withers away from ...
By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
Comments 6
These are terms that I have heard since Real Estate 101.  Are these the terms that you are familiar with. The Tire Kickers and Tooth Pickers are those possible FUTURE buyers that want to use YOUR precious time right then.  The are NOT qualified and do not have the means to purchase right now but ...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(, covering California & most other states)
Comments 0
What does a consultant do for their fee?Some lender clients must think it is a matter of a site inspection, end of story, you can do that in a day, right? I'm sorry but that isn't what we do as 203k consultants. Our job description is to make a site visit, looking for health and safety issues, an...
By Blake Rickels, "The Name Friends Recommend"
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 2
“Oh come now, it’s just business.” How many times do we say…. or at least think…. this each day. Buying and selling properties is what we do. We help people sell their homes and buy different homes.  That’s the bottom line right? (Of course I’m focusing on residential real estate for these purpos...
By Marguerite Crespillo
(Marguerite Crespillo)
Comments 0
Listen in on today’s podcast with Hoss Pratt where we talk about few of the BIGGEST mistakes that agents make and what it takes to be EXTRAORDINARY! Are you making these mistakes? 95% of agents are. I have to tell you I have even made a few myself.I would love to hear what you think over in the c...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
Comments 36
How to Blog about Neighborhoods and Subdivisions In this class we take you through the format of a blog post about subdivisions. These posts are some of the most highly trafficked blogs on the ActiveRain network. If done correctly, they can be a long term source of traffic to your blog, your webs...
By Sharon Kowitz, Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling
(Fonville Morisey-CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN)
Comments 2
Febuary 10th is National Home Warranty Day. When the washing machine breaks down, the hot water heater no longer produces hot water or the central air is kaput, the cost of repair or replacement can be costly.  Our homes are filled with complex and vital appliances, technology and other component...
By ROGER HOLLOWAY, Charlotte NC Broker/Realtor® Licensed in NC & SC
(ProStead Realty)
Comments 12
~ By REALTOR® Roger Holloway - Homes for Sale Charlotte NCWant to know how you're losing money by not using Real Estate Success Rocks? And, by the way - what IS Real Estate Success Rocks? Let me back up and tell you how I got here in Bellevue, Washington for a couple of days of a great real estat...
By Home Value Leads
Comments 0
This article was originally published on the Home Value Leads blog.It can be easy as a real estate agent to want to pass up on partial leads. Having only the property address may elicit feelings of too much work that may not be worth pursuing.On the contrary, following up on any lead, partial or ...
By Jamie Ciocchetti, Passionate about training, coaching & mentoring
(US Preferred Realty)
Comments 3
When we first start out in Real Estate we are told to put together your sphere of influence. We are told to include everyone you have contact with. We list out "all" the people we know who like us. We have included past co-workers, friends, family members, parents of our childrens friends, our sp...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 62
 Yes, Yes...we know carpet...If only....we hear you.....and are choosing to ignore you, Mr. Showing Agent. The listing is a short sale....   If the house were dirty, the sidewalk unshoveled, there were health/safety hazards you might incur in touring the house....we would b...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
Your Values . . . . Matter“The more choices you have the more your values matters.”Michael Schrage, Research Follow MIT   As I see it. . . . . . . .Your values . . . . .  matter   Everyday you are faced . . . . with a multitude of choices. The quality of those choices . . . .  becomes the foundat...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 8
All-The-Way to Super Bowl 50 for a Broncos WIN!  An incredible orange and blue sunset. A sure sign that the Denver Broncos had what it took to get there? As a true fan, I have cheered them on since the Orange Crush days in the 70s. Winning season or not, I was there for the highs and lows of the ...