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 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 ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Specialize . . . . In a Market Niche“The way to become rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and watch that basket.” Andrew Carnegie 1835 - 1919, Scottish – AmericanIndustrialist   As I see it . . . . . . . .Specialize . . .  . In a market niche Put all your eggs in one basket . . . . and b...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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Mr. and Mrs. Seller, Your property went active in the MLS on (date), was on the market for (period of time) , and expired on (date). Your property was professionally staged - and is still in pristine condition!  A professional photgrapher took photos of your property and created a Virtual Tour wh...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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When You’re on a Listing Appointment “When you’re on a listing appointment . . . . The only listing that’s important at that moment is the one you’re your working on to list at that moment.” Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Give A Little More Then Expected “Giving people a little more then they expect is a good way to get back a lot more then you expect.” Robert Half Founder and President of  Robert HalfInternational   As I see it . . . . . . .Give a little more then expected When you exceed your customers expectati...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty)
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Are you so focused on the content, you forget to connect?Don't get so focused on the content or the presentation of it,that you lose the opportunity to connect with your clients (your audience).  You are there to make a connection more so than deliver the information. Don't get me wrong, you have...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty)
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There are riches in the niches!Ever heard that?Many agents make the mistake of going after "everybody". But, the successful agents go after the riches in their niches.  A flashlight can light the way, a laser beam can cut steel or perform surgery. The difference is the concentration of the beam o...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Pushing Forward “Just keep pushing forward with a purpose . . . . and stay focused on that purpose.Your hard work will pay off.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management ConsultantSuccess Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . .Pushing forward When you keep pushing forward your she...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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If you are growing your real estate business by adding more agents what is your next step?  The answer is onboarding and setting expectations and empowering them to create their own success. It has been proven time and time again that an owner who empowers his or her team by giving them authority...

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 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 Scott Carson, The Note Guy
(WeCloseNotes.com Inc)
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If you aren't achieving the type of success that you are searching for, I'm willing to bet that several of these 13 items are holding you back from the type of success that you are looking for.Join us on Monday night at 7pm CST where Scott will share with you the 13 items that you need to give up...

By Alex Rubin, Who You Work With Matters
(Douglas Elliman)
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By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
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WHAT AM I GOING TO BLOG ABOUT NOW? It is hard to believe that I have been blogging since 2009. Where has the time passed? It was only yesterday when I had the following thoughts not to blog see below:  Nobody is going to ready my blogs I have nothing to blog about I do not have the time Not enoug...

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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Those of you new to the business and also some who may not be living up to expectations, this post from Debbie Reynolds should help you get on track towards success:  New Agents Words of Wisdom for Getting Started in Real Estate   These are some nuggets I shared with new real estate students. I w...

By Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros
(AllMountainRealty.com)
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It is the dreaded commission question that the sellers ask. Why am I paying this much? Some also ask the follow up , Do others charge less. So taking the pay out first. You can tell them about your broker split, your MLS split if there is one,  and your Realtor fees but all you are doing is expla...

By Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.
(Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty)
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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 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 Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Building a high performing team depends on the leader’s ability to construct relationships within the team. As the leader you must establish very clear goals and demonstrate full commitment to their achievement. There is so much more to putting together a real estate team than just attracting peo...

By John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(The K Company Realty)
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Book Review - 48 Days to The Work You Love - by Dan Miller - This was not a book I had originally planned on picking up, rather my wife mentioned it to me. She is a Project Manager and the Director in her company mentioned it was a must read to her, naturally she shared it with me because she kno...