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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 29
Your Unique Value Proposition “Your unique value proposition is what you offer your customer’s . . . . It’s what makes you standout . . . . and different then the competitors. It’s why they choose to do business you. When you offer it they expect it as offered nothing less.” Lou Ludwig Sales and ...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 74
 Your best form of advertising is your current clients.  That's right, and it is also the most economical.Peter Drucker said that the purpose of business is to create and keep a customer. It is really that simple. Creating a customer is done through a clear message and marketing but keeping a cus...

By Jay McHugh, YOUR SendOutCard Mentor
(SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert)
Comments 13
      ....Yes.....how can you say that Jay?...well I just did...and everyday I come across professionals that tell me that my system is so good yet they still do not send out cards of thanks or gratitude....Today, I am stoked on sharing this more than ever before since those that have used my sys...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 38
We work best, when we experience peace and tranquility from within. Real estate sales is a stressful way to earn a consistent income.  The emphasis is on “consistent!”  Every day needs to begin on a positive note. Early morning routines become a necessity and a requirement to maintain that state ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 7
 In the Absence of Clearly Defined Goals “In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.” Robert Heinlein, American Novelist    As I see it . . . . . . .In the absence of clearly defined goals Your life will...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 18
The Trouble With Talking Too Fast “The trouble with talking too fast is you may say something you thought of yet.” Ann Landers, Advise Columnist    As I see it . . . . . . .The trouble with talking too fast When we’re talking fast  . . . . we are talking without really thinking out what we want t...

By Dana (Lerner) Sparks
(Maximum One Realty - Managing Broker)
Comments 1
When a Buyer terminates a contract within the Due Diligence Period, they will get their Earnest Money back but WHEN??? The answer depends upon a few issues... watch the video to learn what those are!

By Andrey Polston, MyOutDesk - Real Estate Virtual Assistants
(MyOutDesk)
Comments 29
If you asked three 7-figure agents a single burning question and they all answered it the exact same way, would you apply their insight? Well, that’s exactly what happened to me recently. I was able to interview a line-up of rock star agents. Including three 7-figure heavy hitters - Amanda Howard...

By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
Comments 4
by Andy Coffaro PropertyMinder MarketingWe know how busy you are from the time you wake up and have your first cup of coffee until your head hits the pillow that night.That’s why we’re giving you three incredibly simple ways to stay engaged with your sellers not just today, but also for years and...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 2
What You Do Today “What you do today . . . . will impact your future . . . . Make today a positive day . . . . and one that will have positive influence on your tomorrows.” Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . .What you do...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 5
    When you get unsolicited praises sung....they are just the best....and these Sellers were thoughtful enough to send this letter to the agent who had referred them to us....she promptly wrote back and said we would get ALL her referrals for southeastern Wisconsin and tell everyone in her area...

By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Comments 6
This month Jeff Dowler is hosting an ActiveRain contest/challenge titled "The Challenges of Work-Life Balance - Your Personal Story".  In his contest/challenge Jeff challenges us to Write a blog about the challenge we face in trying to balance our business and personal life, and what we do to ba...

By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
Comments 15
STRIKING A BALANCE IN LIFE WHEN IT COMES TO THE REAL ESTATE BUSINESS I have to admit that I am a workaholic. I would work seven days a week nonstop if I was single. Work can be very addicting to me because I want to get the job completed. I am very good at what I do when it comes to real estate. ...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 1
 Providing a chronological series of photos and updates on construction is a requirement,when it comes to marketing a new home. There are potential buyers who visit thesite but are not able to get there every day.   It’s important to keep them in the loop and totally updated, as the property is d...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 43
 How do you improve your marketing skills?  Marketing is a learned skill. Some have it naturally; some don’t. ActiveRain provides every member with the opportunity “to learn it.” Commenting on posts written by ActiveRain members is an ideal way to learn how to market and promote yourself. A comme...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
Comments 4
If you're looking to get more business, one of the best ways is to let your past clients bring them to you through their referrals and testimonials.  Make sure you ask for them just before or after the closing:     Your best form of advertising is your current clients.  That's right, and it is al...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 4
Commenting on posts written by ActiveRain members is an ideal way to learn how to market and promote yourself.   How do you improve your marketing skills?  Marketing is a learned skill. Some have it naturally; some don’t. ActiveRain provides every member with the opportunity “to learn it.” Commen...

By Zach @ Chime, We market for agents, build CRM and tools. Ask me!
(Chime)
Comments 1
Building an effective real estate team requires the right balance of support and sales staff. Determining the right hiring order will often depend on your goals. If you want to focus more on freeing up time for lead generation, you might consider hiring a transaction coordinator. If you want some...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 0
What does a draw inspector for an FHA 203k project do?The "consultant" has a couple different rolls and it is easy to get them confused and they do get confused all the time. 1) As a consultant, we help the client create a scope of work so all of the contractors can bid the same list. It creates ...

By Nadine Larder, Real Estate Marketing Expert/PrinterBees Founder
(www.PrinterBees.com)
Comments 19
Sit back for a moment and think about your real estate business. Are you improving? Are you growing? Or are you just barely making it, surviving from moment to moment?Unless you’re planning to get out of the real estate business soon, it’s important to be a better agent at this time next year tha...