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 Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
Comments 116
I try to watch at least one training webinar a week. The majority of these webinars deal with ways to grow our business. Tonight as I watched one of these webinars, the agent who was being featured made the statement, "Agents spend too much time servicing their clients rather than going after new...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Comments 4
  Real estate marketing is all about providing the information. Tell me about your area, what it is like there? Blogs and video channels are two excellent platforms to stock with posts about community events. And once the buyer decides this is the place to considering raising a family, retiring.O...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 10
Building a client base is hard work. Fortunately, there are many ways to do it: Prospecting Referral from past client Networking We've found that a combination of all three is the best mix for us, but networking isn't a natural act for many people. When you're networking, there are rules that you...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 1
Jean and I were chatting on the phone the other day while I was driving home. "Gotta go," I told her when I heard my phone click. "I've got another call."When I answered the other call, the person on the line introduced herself as a real estate agent and said, "I'm surprised you answered your pho...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 17
 At the last minute, the buyer gets cold feet. The bank backs down. The appraisal falls short. The seller loses the house they were going to buy. The buyer loses their job.  When everything around you is whirling and frenzied, it's very easy to lose your sense of calm. But it's our job to be the ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 27
We Will be Known For What we Do “I always remember an epitaph in the cemetery at Tombstone Arizona. It says: Here lies Jack Williams ‘He gave his damnedest’. I think that’s the greatest epitaph a man can have.”Harry S. Truman 33rd President of the United States As I see it . . . . . . .We will be...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 7
Entrepreneurs Find the Way To Get Things Done“The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and actualizer,he can visualize something, and when he visualizes it,he sees exactly how to make it happen.”Robert L. Schwartz, Author  As I see it . . . . . . .Entrepreneurs find the way to get things done...
By Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.
(MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC)
Comments 51
Honestly, I feel pretty safe in what I do for a living and rarely get any twinges or spidey senses going off indicating possibly danger or harm.  Thankfully, those feelings are well tuned however if someone isn't serious about a purchase or sale of a property!A man left a message at the office pr...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 57
 Real Estate Agents Who Respond Deliver High Level Service  Do you deliver a high level of service to your clients .  Let's think about it .Do you respond to their text  phone calls and emails promptly .  You may not have an answer for them but it shows a level of respect and respect feels good ....
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 32
We started our day early this morning.  We reviewed all incoming data for a project we are working on, and aligned our ideas for two other projects. We also discussed the various aspects of the two websites we are creating, and aligned with our web developer in terms of everyone's deliverables. I...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
Set Your Standards High “If you don’t set a baseline standards for what you’ll accept in life, you’ll find it’s easy to slip into behavior and attitudes or quality of life that’s far below what you deserve.”Anthony Robbins, Author, speaker,   As I see it . . . . . . .Set your standards high What ...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 14
    As a business owner, the life blood of the business is to keep the pipeline full and support my employees by finding ways to stay ahead of the pack. In this industry the pie is only so big. The way I look at it, there are 70 home inspection companies that are all competing with this company f...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 36
The Energy to Finish What You Start“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body.The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”Anthony Robbins, Self-Help Author, Motivational Speaker As I see it . . . . . . .T...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 12
What is your extraordinary promise of value?  To stand out from the crowd of undistinguishable luxury real estate marketing professionals you must offer your target market an extraordinary value proposition. Otherwise, you become a commodity and your value diminishes significantly, not to mention...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 9
Our 'success in business' as real estate agents is still about building relationships in person and online.  Real Estate Success Keys ~ Build Relationships   Real Estate, like all sales, is a people business.  It's not who we know, but who knows us and the services we provide.  Face to face netwo...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 13
2015 TEXAS REALTORS CONFERENCE  FORT WORTH, TEXAS A REALTOR wears many hats. Like a good Cowboy and/or Cowgirl the role we play requires us to wear many hats. My day started at 4 a.m. and my first duty was to serve as Evaluator at Mock Presentations at 7:45 a.m. for the Professional Development M...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 1
Know What Really Matters to You “In order to do what really matters to you, you have to first of all, know what really matters to you.”Dr. Edward Hallowell, Author  As I see it . . . . . . .Know what really matters to you To achieve your goals . . . . you have know what they are.  When you look a...
By Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor
(Alan Kells 1-814-881-7548)
Comments 26
 Real Estate Success Keys ~ Build Relationships Real Estate, like all sales, is a people business.  It's not who we know, but who knows us and the services we provide.  Face to face networking has been the paradigm for building business relationships for more than a century, but the internet is r...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 30
They showed theirs, now show yours! Negotiations in price, repairs and terms can be tedious at best, especially when a potential homebuyer strives for a much lower price by creating a lengthy list of 'so called' repairs. The sellers had a very thorough home inspection performed prior to listing t...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 2
Believe that you will be successful at the start of the new start task . . . . and make the commitment to active your desired outcome. The True Meaning of Confidence “Whenever you are asked, if you can do a job, tell them ‘certainty I can’! And get busy and find out how to do it.” Theodore Roosev...