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 Debe Maxwell, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
( | Savvy + Company Real Estate)
Comments 55
You Suck as a Salesman - New Agent Advice!Sadly, this is a true story!  I can laugh about it now but, when it happened, I went through many sleepless nights!  I shared it on one of Barbara Todaro's posts and she encouraged me to post my own blog about it for more exposure than merely a comment!  ...
By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Comments 46
Creative closing gift your clients will love! I am always on the look out for cool, thoughtful, and creative closing gifts for my clients.  I want to give them something that will remind them of me, show them how much I appreciate their business, relates to their new home or sale of their home, a...
By Brivity CRM, Leads. Listings. Leverage.
Comments 2
 Now that you’ve decided on what social media platforms you want to focus on (see part 1), it’s time to get down to the business of posting. What to postOf course, you’ll want to post your listings, and the visual nature of social media makes for great show and tell. But your audience may start t...
By Lynnea Miller, Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon
(Bend Premier Real Estate)
Comments 76
As the managing Principal Broker of a mid-sized independent Brokerage, I am in the position to regularly hear agent complaints concerning the lack of basic salesmanship of other agents. Not a day goes by that I don't hear the frustration of my agents complaining that the agent on the other side o...
By Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty)
Comments 8
When it comes to walking through a business transaction, I have found that there are two types of people...                                                Those that seem to                             'Over-Complicate Everything'                                         and those that            ...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 32
Jay Thompson was kind enough to point me toward a really good article written by Joe Manna entitled Millenial's guide to buying your first home.  It's a fairly long article, and Lord knows that in today's internet world, we don't have the patience to read through a lengthy piece, but the article ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 3
Lead by Example“Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate which please to the character we most admire.”Christian Nevell Bovee 1820 – 1904 American Author, Lawyer       As I see it . . . . . . .Lead by example  As children we follow the example of our parents. Children will...
By ActiveRain Contests
Comments 91
Active Rain would be nothing without its users, who share their pain points, best practices and successes each and every day.In our latest challenge, hosted by®, we’re asking agents and real estate professionals to share their most “out of the box” ideas for following up with seller l...
By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
Comments 0
 Hey ActiveRainers,Quick question - can you name this (slightly edited) tune? If you want to view paradise...Simply look around and view it...Anything you want to, do it.Want to change the YOUR world? There's nothing to it.We'll begin...With a spin...Traveling in the world of my YOUR creation...W...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 25
Whether a lead comes your way via the phone, the Internet or through a personal referral, your rapid response may determine if you get the new client or if they move on to someone more responsive. The old adage still holds true that the early bird catches the worm. Recently, our Squarespace (SQ) ...
By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 10
How to Make Your Clients Feel Like They are Your Only Clients I’ve had several testimonials, one just recently, where clients commented I always made them feel like they were my only clients. Of course that was not the case, and there is never just one client at a particular point in time, but it...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 6
 Recruiting is a topic that every agent should have some interest in understanding.  Many view recruiting as the Broker/Owner/Manager hiring more competition to dilute the agent’s production and/or make it more difficult to secure!!  This is just the opposite of what results when “quality” is rec...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 15
Be . . . . Informed“Be smart, be intelligent and be informed.”Tony Alessandra, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker  As I see it . . . . . . .Be . . . . informed In business it’s imperative that you remain informed . . . . Well-versed in your profession to stay competitive. . . . . and to stay ahea...
By Jennifer Mackay, Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582
(Keller Williams Success Realty)
Comments 16
 I admit it, I'm a pizza snob.I only like certain types of pizza, made a certain way.I prefer pizza from a pizzeria and am not a fan of franchised pizza - any of it!Having been raised in the NY/NJ area where pizzerias are as common place as the air we breathe and where on any corner you can find ...
By Brivity CRM, Leads. Listings. Leverage.
Comments 9
One of the great things about social media is – no, not posts of cute kitties – but the ability to leverage it for lead generation. Social media can extend your reach to prospective clients in a way that not only demonstrates your expertise but also familiarizes the prospects with who you are. A ...
By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
Comments 24
Earlier this month I wrote: Page 16 - Another Ping!!! We attended the listing appointment described in that post.   The property had languished on the market for almost a year.  When it expired, it was priced at $740K. Showings had been sporadic. No offers. Period. It turned out that the second d...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
Achievers in Life Have More Than Talent“Enthusiasm makes ordinary people extraordinary.”Source Unknown       As I see it. . . . . . . .Achievers in life have more than talent The achievers in life find a way to standout in a crowded field . . . . and become recognized for being a doer.   Successf...
By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
Comments 2
HARRY'S TOP FIVE TIPS ON HOW TO WRITE A MORE EFFECTIVE EMAIL IN THE REAL ESTATE BUSINESS   How many E-mails do we write per day? How many E-mails do you read per day? E-mail has become part of our lives on a daily basis. I am sure I read and write over one hundred E-mails per day. It is importan...
By Jennifer Mackay, Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582
(Keller Williams Success Realty)
Comments 6
MISSION STATEMENTAs a Keller Williams Success Realty Real Estate agent and REALTOR® (member of the National Association of REALTORS® ) working in Panama City Florida, my mission is to provide my customers with quality, ethical and knowledgeable Panama City Florida Real Estate services!VISION STAT...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 29
What I Should Have Done As A Home Buyer So many calls in the last couple of weeks from out of state buyers who are asking about RI home inventory and prices.  These are home buyers who always go it alone, do not have a targeted good Realtor to work with and believe they can always buy with their ...