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 John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 51
You Got My Attention.  You Won't Get My Business   "Hi Jon!", the email began. Ok, it's pretty easy to forget an 'h'.  A typo, perhaps. "I'm not sure you're still in the mortgage industry", she continued. "OH COME ON, IT'S ALL RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU, ARE YOU THAT LAZY!?!?", I thought.       This w...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 71
Sometimes I just read the headline and just move on to something else to keep my blood pressure down. It's sort of like watching the news during an election cycle (which by the way doesn't it feel like we ALWAYS in an election cycle now). But back to my point, this morning on Inman I read an arti...
By Richie Alan Naggar Real Estate Broker, people first...then business
(Free Consultation....Ran Right Realty )
Comments 14
I asked a question in the Q & A section in regards to Errors and Omissions insurance ( E & O) and it got a fair response from my peers. You know when we all get together and discuss anything, it has to reveal itself case in point. What I gather from all the comments is a couple of interesting thi...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
Your Will Must be Strong“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something  they have deep inside them - - a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”Muhammad Ali, World Heavyweight Champion         As I see...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 6
Success Can Take You to a Fork In the Road“Success can make you go one of two ways. It can make you a prima donna or it can smooth the edges,take away the insecurities and let the nice things come out.”Barbara Walters, Author, Journalist, Television Personality       As I see it . . . . . . .Succ...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 11
       Short Sales and Divorce....which are often elements that are both found in the same transaction,  are conditions we often encounter and are well prepared to handle.  The two incomes that were required to pay the mortgage no longer exist under the same roof. The loss of a job by the primary...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
A Good Example of Luck is . . . .“I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it. The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on.”Samuel Goldwyn 1882 - 1974, movie executive, producer       As I see it . . . . . . .A good example of...
By Gloria Valvasori, MASTER-ASA, Your Streetsville Village Connection
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Signature Service)
Comments 33
Providing great service to each and every one of my clients is first and foremost to me... and should be to all agents.  When my clients are happy, I am happy and it provides me with a great sense of satisfaction of a job well done. I am lucky I work in an office where the Broker keeps ALL the ag...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
Take Control of Your Fears . . . .“If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been.”Robert Schuller 1926 - 2015, American Televangelist, Pastor,Motivational Speaker, Author  As I see it. . . . . . . .Take control of your fears  . . . .  When you tak...
By Joel Jadofsky, One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area
(Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach )
Comments 0
                                                                                                                    Flickr/American Advisors GroupHello all,Team Jadofsky will be hosting a first time home buyers class on August 4th from 6 - 7:30 pm. It will be located at 309 Richard Jackson Blvd, ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 7
Stay relevant, keep current for clients sake! No matter what industry you reside, it is pertinent to stay on top of trends and shifts in the marketplace. Work to stay informed on the latest technologies, business developments and up-to-date career objectives.  Enroll in classes Embrace new techno...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 9
"The fox has many tricks.  The hedgehog has but one.  But that is the best of all."  Ralph Waldo Emerson If you have the inner drive to go from “good to great” in your luxury real estate or real estate career, one of the concepts to take to heart in Jim Collins’ best selling book, Good to Great, ...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 6
John Meussner, mortgage specialist, makes a wonderful point in this blog post he wrote. Take the time to learn about people and you just might reap the benefits of networking. You Got My Attention.  You Won't Get My Business       "Hi Jon!", the email began.   Ok, it's pretty easy to forget an 'h...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 7
AT&T had networking problems last night.We use AT&T.Neither of us could receive any phone calls, although we were able to listen to voice mail and dial out to non-AT&T phones. Texting and email were normal. AT&T says this is temporary but indefinite.Is that hours? Minutes? Days? My father is in a...
By Bryan Tobiason
(Keller Williams Partners, Inc.)
Comments 54
There's only one thing better than a lead on a $800,000 property and that's a ready, willing and able BUYER for an $800,000 property.  So when I get the lead and they've shown that their Ready Willing and Able to buy a house they've never seen in a not so popular spot for high end homes red flags...
By Jessica Schweppe, Real Estate Marketing Expert + Blogger
Comments 1
There are a lot of factors that dictate whether or not you're cut out to be successful in real estate. Many articles focus on tangible things - like how connected you are in your community: your sphere of influence. Very few take a deep dive into what psychological factors will assist or deter yo...
By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
Comments 10
Northern California Drought is forth year in a row. Dramatic measurements have been taken throughout California with mandatory water ration and monthly allotments. California's cities and towns are now required to reduce their water use by up to 35% of face steep fines under the proposed new rule...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 40
If you have the inner drive to go from “good to great” in your luxury real estate or real estate career, one of the concepts to take to heart in Jim Collins’ best selling book, Good to Great, is the hedgehog concept.  This is based on the fable of the fox and the hedgehog, the fox is unfocused w...
By Marguerite Crespillo
(Marguerite Crespillo)
Comments 8
I've got an AWESOME new Podcast I just posted to my blog and wanted to share it with you... I have been a huge fan of Facebook for years as it has led to not only many rekindled friendships, staying in touch with family and friends but I have also gotten business from it and frankly (Pun intended...
By Matthew DeFede, Specializing in Bergen & Essex County Real Estate
(Realty Executives Elite Homes)
Comments 8
Hire A Great Listing Agent Like Me!All kidding aside I do things that other agents/realtors never ever think of, for example I pay attention to detail for instance, custom design my sign for each listing from the color, font and then I picture myself as a potential buyer driving around the area, ...