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!

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By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 81
Show Your Buyers and Sellers You Care I just returned from Phoenix for the 2017 CRS Sellabration convention. It was 2 very full days of intense learning from top producing agents from around the country on a wide range of topics focused on systems, marketing, operations and leadership, and perfor...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 53
A day in the life of a Beverly Hills, CA Realtor! This post was inspired by numerous threads on Active Rain, where we were bragging to our fellow Realtors how much we love our career, because we can make our own time.  How we can do things when we want to, rather than when we must. Most of you wh...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 4
 Great Works are Created By Perseverance “Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” Samuel Johnson 1709 -1784, English Writer, Poet, Essayist,Moralist, Literary Critic, Biographer, Editor   As I see it . . . . . . .Great works are created by perseverance You can see it in ve...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 7
What You Focus on Controls Your Future “You life is controlled by what you focus on.”           Tony Robbins Motivational Speaker, Self-Help Author      As I see it . . . . . . .                             What you focus on controls your future Your goals will create a direction for your feature...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 26
Do you know a good leader when you see one? Choosing leaders for your real estate teams is the first step to creating a high performing team.  The selection of  a leader with the correct  leadership traits depends on understanding your environment.  And the environment such as type of organizatio...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty)
Comments 5
Dare I say it's not optional to have an email signature, it's mandatory if you are in business, to have an email signature that offers your basic contact info and primary social media. If you are a Realtor, you don't want to be a secret agent. If you are in any business and want to make it easy t...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 12
The Only Action Rule that Matters, Mel Robbins; The 5 Second Rule!  Ok so we are all busy, rushing here, rushing there, demands from this person and more demands from that one, so busy that many of the things we want to do never get done.How many great ideas did you have a year ago that never hap...

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 23
"Improving efficiency on the farm is not only a risk reduction strategy, it's a profitability strategy."-Bill CasadyLast week's Wednesday Word was "Layering".  Today it is Branches, which is sort of a spin-off of the layering concept for business. We've all heard the term "farming" in the real es...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
What You Do With the Opportunity“Jumping at several small opportunitiesmay get us there more quicklythan waiting for one big oneto come along.”Hugh Allen, Author   As I see it . . . . . . .What you do with the opportunity  It not size of the opportunity that’s as important . . . . it’s what you d...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 4
©Patricia Feager, 2/22/17 As a follow-up to Results are a Vision - Happiness is Contagious! today's post is about Courage - A Projection of People's Dreams. Twenty years ago I was filled with hope, courage, determination, excitement, and encouragement when my employer, Abbott Laboratories offered...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 5
Think and Act With a Positive Mindset  “The winners in life think constantly in terms of ‘I can, I will.’Losers on the other hand, concentratetheir thoughts on what they should have doneor what they don’t do.”Denis Waitley, Self-Help Author and Motivational Speaker         As I see It . . . . . ....

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 1
A Key Ingredient in Selling Hunting or Recreation Land I have spent a lot of time over the years looking at land for Sellers, Buyers, Agents and Myself and I think that I have learned a few things about what makes a great recreation parcel. And my third rule of selling great hunting parcels was ...

By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
Comments 3
Head on to ActiveRain University to watch the recording As Rich mentioned during the webinar, IXACT Contact is offering an extended 60-Day Free Trial for those looking to test out their CRM. To lend a helping hand to agents fresh on their road to real estate success, IXACT Contact is extending th...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 17
Speechless Sundays: Great  Wisdom and at the same time great advice! Well I must admit this is going to be a long term objective for me. I am all about hoarding stuff:)). Diane is more of this belief system...so there is a compromise...Wisdom is all around us, we just need to notice it!!!  If you...

By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker (503) 810-7192, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 4
 The other day I had a lead but, unfortunately, I could not accommodate that particular buyer.  They wanted to look in Washington state.  Although a hop, skip and a jump from my Portland Metro real estate market base, I'm not licensed in Washington.There's an agent that I've referred to before an...

By Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.
(Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty)
Comments 28
Every new business needs a certain degree of energy, excitement, and enthusiasm to get started.  Yet anyone that has started a business understands that challenges are inevitable.  No business lasts very long without encountering some degree of difficulties, and each problem that arises requires ...

By Nick & Trudy Vandekar, Realtors - Selling the Main Line, PA Lic AB067198
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc )
Comments 15
I was reading Sharon Tara's post today Creating a Positive first impression- Burden of Proof falls on Sellers which was excellent and well worth reading about the first impression on a buyer. Just click the link, take your time, we'll be here when you get back.It reminded me of something about 36...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 3
How to stop screwing yourself over, Mel RobbinsThe first video that I will be sharing in the Mel Robbins Series, is the subject of her TED Talk, How to stop screwing yourself over.In this video she shares a few points that seem to keep tripping a few of us up, and though her language is far from ...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 7
Getting Out of the Weeds; Mel RobbinsIf you are like most of us in this fast paced world where ever increasing demands fill our schedule each day you know what Mel is talking about when she refers to “Being In the Weeds”.Hopefully these tips can help you deal with your 20 hour days, and with a li...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 1
More than Brains... Living up to our Potential.I took a nap when I got home today and awoke with a smile to a cute little tune in a commercial.After getting up I pulled my laptop over and sought out the origin of the little tune, the University of Phoenix commercial.I am not sure what attracted m...