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 Karen Smyth, Delivering The Dream of Home Ownership Everywhere!
(The Ben Kinney Team)
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What's it all about, really? I mean, as a real estate "agent" - what do you do for a living, really?Recently, during an interview with a newer agent who was considering joining our expanding team,  I asked her what did she think we did for a living? She replied, "We SELL Real Estate!" To which I ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Your Daily Routine “You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” John C. Maxwell, American Author, Speaker and Pastor    As I see it . . . . . . .Your daily routine Your daily routine becomes the foundation for ...

By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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  Customer Service = Dental Office = Real Estate Office? Recently I've had a few experiences of both excellent customer service and down right ugly customer service. When customer service is outstanding you can bet I'll be touting about them every chance I can and they will get a lot of business ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Magic Words of Integrity“Have the courage to say no.  Have the courage to face the truth.Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.”W. Clement Stone 1902 – 2002, Businessman, Philanthropist, Self Help Author    As I see it . . . . . . ...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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The Size of Your Goals“Goals determine what you’re going to be.”Julius Erving, Professional Basketball Player          As I see it. . . . . . . .The size of your goals The size of your goals . . . . and your willingness to work hard to achieve them . . . . determines  . . . . who you become. The ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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A Person Who Never Makes Mistakes “A person who never made a mistake never tired anything new.” Albert Einstein1879 – 1955, German – Born TheoreticalPhysicist, Developed the Pillars of Modern Physics    As I see it . . . . . . .A person who never makes mistakes Mistake are a fact of life . . . . ...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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There are many different ways to succeed in real estate or any business.  Though, most folks will not succeed until they figure out a plan to make this happen: What are you doing here without a plan? We all need a plan to succeed. Your plan will differ from other associates, and rightly so. Your ...

By Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties
(The Virtual Real Estate Team)
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One of my wife's and my core values is to always have reliant relationships instead of dependent relationships. It may sound like semantics to you but it isn't. Often when you have dependent relationships then the other party can either demand your actions be what they want because they believe t...

By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
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HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT ME? LOVE THE ANSWER FROM CLIENT Many of you know that I just reopened my own real estate brokerage called Real Estate and Beyond, LLC. We focus on the following areas for Phoenix Real Estate:  Management Sales Development  The best thing to do for any new company is to ensu...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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If you missed this post, I have re-blogged it as this is something that all of us who deal with the public should ask ourselves.  Some great advice from Grant Schneider : “How am I doing?” Those of you living in New York City might remember when Mayor Koch used to ask his constituents that questi...

By Libby Beckwith, Real Estate Agent serving Phoenix & Scottsdale
(Realty Executives)
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Ever lose out on a listing that you thought you had "in the bag"?  What do YOU think drives sellers to select a listing agent? Commission deals? Thoughts?

By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
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                                                                                Sam Shueh                                                                               Campell, CA As a realtor one come across a spectrum of people. While some are shoddy people trying to take advantage of people in...

By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
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This morning I read an Active Rain post filled with impressive statistics about texting.It told how many hours per week the average adult spends texting and said that texts were far more favorably received than emails. It was a promotion for a text-based lead generation service, so perhaps just a...

By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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There's a song stuck in my head - Eminem and Rihanna's "The Monster." It's not even music I typically listen to (here's a link to the song if you're unfamiliar) but it's catchy and I think it has a message for us all. In part, the lyrics read: "I'm friends with the monster that's under my bed, Ge...

By Lauren Selinsky CRS, Orange County Real Estate #oclauren
(CA Coastal Estates, Inc. CA Broker )
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Why I Love My Job in Real Estate by Lauren Selinsky It comes easy for me to talk about what it is that I love about my job. It is working with people, to help and assist them in finding their home. Their home for most is the largest ticketed item they will ever purchase. How could I not love my j...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service)
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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 Kevin J. May, Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida
(Florida Supreme Realty)
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What are you doing here without a plan? We all need a plan to succeed. Your plan will differ from other associates, and rightly so. Your strengths are somewhat like a snowflake where no one else will have the same composition that you do. The commonality of most successful agents is that they've ...

By TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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All work expands to fill the time allowed. - BOLD LAW    Work. Sometimes it is one of those despicable 4 letter words and it is a part of life. As I have become more aware of the “BOLD LAWS”, it seems as if a new one jumps out at me every week. Although these are nothing new and many are rehashes...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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New Agents Words of Wisdom for Getting Started in Real Estate These are some nuggets I shared with new real estate students. I wish somebody had told me these when I was getting started.  Your income potential doesn’t have a ceiling. It’s yours for the taking. Hard work doesn’t stop at a 40 hour ...