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!

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By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 12
Being friendly, generous and considerate will reap big benefits in that you will be known as someone with class: decent, gracious, respectable, and noble. Regardless of where your focus is in your real estate practice, developing class is of paramount importance if you intend to be a market leade...

By Jeanne Gregory, The most important home I sell is YOURS!
(RE/MAX Southwest)
Comments 4
First of all, let me tell you that I am about to climb up on my soapbox here.   Last week I went to meet a potential seller.  The property next door was listed as a For Sale by Owner, or FSBO, in real estate language.  The lady I was meeting with said the owner next door had the home on Zillow an...

By Steffy Hristova, Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!
(HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353)
Comments 1
What do the HOA fees include - an important question to ask when buying a home which is in a Home-Owners Association (HOA). Both attached and detached homes can be in a home-owners association.The HOA information is usually available in the CC&Rs (Covenants, Constraints and Restrictions) - a publ...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 9
I love most everything Alan writes. He's informative and funny, and this one is just that. Do you know the difference between execute and ratify?  "I'll let you know" she said "as soon as we have a fully executed contract". Hmmm..... so she's not going to let me know until after the house has clo...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 43
Regardless of where your focus is in your real estate practice, developing class is of paramount importance if you intend to be a market leader or the first to come to mind in your marketplace. Being friendly, generous and considerate will reap big benefits in that you will be known as someone wi...

By Luke Acree, Making Agents Memorable
(ReminderMedia)
Comments 0
Sales is all about communication. When you look at top-producers across every industry, communication skills are one of the few things that unites them all. To be able to take an idea and express it convincingly is the foundation of the craft.We might think our pitches are the most essential part...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 9
Everyone that your clients meet in the transaction reflect on you. A good team leader works with those that share a common goal. Why would an agent want to work with your brokerage and why would you choose them.  Some brokers think that the number of people they have is some type of status symbol...

By Tim Maitski, Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal
(Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage)
Comments 5
 Voice to text makes it easy to give instant feedback  Key Points Respect the seller.  Let them know when you are leaving their home Giving feedback immediately saves you time It sets you up as a good agent to work with   I read a featured post today about buyers agents giving feedback.  As usual...

By Luke Acree, Making Agents Memorable
(ReminderMedia)
Comments 28
It can be nerve-wracking to introduce yourself to a stranger and immediately impress them. But there are plenty of ways to ensure the first time you meet someone, they’ll be guaranteed to remember you.Smile.You don’t have to look like a kid on Christmas morning all day. Instead, you want to exude...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 7
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 Michelle Spalding
(Transaction Management Consultants)
Comments 1
    Top 10 Reasons to Fire Yourself as Transaction Coordinator and Delegate Your Way to a Raise!   Several years ago I met with the owner of a Florida based brokerage about encouraging the agents who worked with him to use our TC services. There were several savvy Realtors in his firm that were a...

By Stephan Bourget
(Stephan Bourget Realty Inc.)
Comments 1
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By Andrey Polston, MyOutDesk - Real Estate Virtual Assistants
(MyOutDesk)
Comments 1
Building a winning Real Estate Team is no easy feat. Whether you are just at the cusp of putting together your team or already running one, there are many components that you need to ensure are working and organized in order to be the CEO of your business. Wall Street Journal’s #1 Real Estate Coa...

By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
Comments 1
 Tim here, with some news that'll rattle you (but don't worry, there's hope!)...An article I read recently claimed: "Indecisive or procrastinating homebuyers beware: New data show that more than half the homes on the market in May were snapped up in less than a month...[making it the] shortest tu...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 35
 Step 1Great customer service is not a technique that you can mimic.  It can best be learned through you own direct personal experience. To run circles around your competition with superlative customer service requires a complete shift in attitude and also a shift in your fundamental ground of be...

By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
Comments 4
HARRY’S TOP REASONS TO OBTAINING TITLE INSURANCEReal estate is a part of everyone's life. We see real estate for sale or lease on a daily basis via Internet, television, radio, and newspaper. The definition of title means an owner has the right to maintain or sell real estate in his/her possessio...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 58
Santa Monica Bay-View From AboveSocial media is fine. But, as many of us have learned since its inception it is limited in terms of return on time invested. What does works without fail is meeting people face to face in your community. All you have to do is follow your interests and passions outs...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 6
Recognize . . . . the Challenges“Recognize the challenges, but more importantfocus on the solutions. Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . . .Recognize . . . . the challenges Recognize . . . .  the challenges that you’re fa...

By Steve Bunker
(RealEstateCalendars.com)
Comments 0
“You need to earn your clients’ trust. One of the best ways to do that is by actively listening to what they’re telling you—their needs and wants are important to them, and they should be important to you, too… When your clients know you’re genuinely concerned with what’s best for them, they’ll t...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 11
Your Beliefs in the Beginning Will Determine the Outcome“What is started right with a positive attitude . . . . and positive beliefs will be finished right.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . . .Your beliefs in begging w...