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 PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
Comments 2
There is a month and a half left until spring.    Set aside 15 minutes to give out your business card. Here is one that you can do for 15 minutes two, three, or four times a week:Pass out a few business cards in an area you want to sell homes.Make sure your website's domain name is printed on the...
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 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 Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(RE/MAX Excalibur,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
Comments 6
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 Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor
(Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate)
Comments 13
Why do I have to attend Ethics class?Ugh, who wants to take another Ethics class?Ethics is so boring!Ethics is ethics, what's the big deal?I am ethicalIt's the other agent who needs to take an ethics class Sound familiar?  Like it or not NAR requires all Realtors to take 3hr Ethics class every fo...
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 far...no 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 Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 32
Sometimes people can become overly defensive when their message is misinterpreted. I recently met with the leaders of one of my Westchester County New York organizations to present results of a survey of their team. The members of the team felt that there were a lot of changes and they felt that ...
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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 1
It’s Impossible is Just a Word . . . . on the Way to the Top“Every great achievement was once considered impossible.”Source unknown   As I see it. . . . . . . .It’s impossible is just a word . . . . on the way to the top The only thing that’s impossible . . . . on your success journey is what you...
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 Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
Comments 14
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 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 Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
Comments 0
With winter’s short days and single-digit temps, you’re less likely to hang out outside and run into your neighbors. Gather the gang and catch up with these fun ideas for grown-up get togethers. We would like to provide you with some fun ways to get to know the people in your new neighborhood.  S...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, 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 Sharon Kowitz, Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling
(Fonville Morisey-CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN)
Comments 3
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 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 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 ...