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 Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury)
Comments 38
Real Estate and KindergartenToday as I watched my little guy heading into his first day of Kindergarten, my heart was swollen with pride, nostalgia, and a little lump in my throat.  How did these years go by so quickly? How quickly will the next few years go by? After waving goodbye, I headed to ...

By Daniel Ramsey, MyOutDesk - Real Estate Virtual Assistants
Comments 9
You’re a successful real estate agent.  You don’t have time to hold an open house … Hold on!  It’s time to get a Mindset Shift.  Open Homes are not something you “graduate” from but rather it’s something you need to “gravitate” towards.   The reality is that open houses can always create a lot of...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 36
You’ve got company! We listed a wonderful home recently and knowing that it is one that would be in great demand, we did our pre-marketing, including planning an Open House and rolled out the red carpet for our guests. During our conversations with guests, we made certain that we would happily wo...

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
Comments 11
 My agent visual inspections are often difficult to prepare. As a Sacramento listing agent, it's because I generally do my AVID when I first meet with the sellers. It's the perfect way to chat about the house while I'm taking notes. I'm putting together documentation that I will use in my listing...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 4
The Velcro Client: Why You Need Them and How to Get Them It doesn't seem like a week goes by without a new model of real estate company popping up threatening to undermine your business. These models are offering creative incentives and discounts to potential sellers and they are making real est...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
Doing a Little Bit More“Do a little more than you’re paid to. Give a little more than you have to. Try a little harder than you want to. Aim a little higher than you think is possible,and give a lot of thanks to God for health, family and friends.”Art Linkletter 1912 - 2010, Canadian – Born Ameri...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 38
To run a successful real estate business and any business for that matter need to be a good manager but you must also apply leadership skills.As manager you are responsible for the performance of your team, your business, or your company. In essence, the buck stops with you. That does not mean th...

By Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor®
(Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA)
Comments 18
  You may be proficient at using social media to promote your real estate business. You may even know how frequently you should post. But do you know what NOT to do? Here are seven things to avoid when marketing on social networks. Don't use your personal Facebook profile as a business page. It n...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 27
Writing Services or Plagiarism?  Ever since being the victim of plagiarism by a twit who ran a "writing service" and helped agents in our company develop websites, I am more than a little bit bunched up when it comes to content that doesn't sound like it came from the mouth or mind of the blogger...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 2
Self-Confidence Opens Doors“Self confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.”Aldous Huxley 1894 – 1963, English Writer   As I see it . . . . . . .Self-confidence opens doors Your self-confidence is developed through concentrating on your successes . . . . and putting your failures . ...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 10
Focus you ears and listen to your clients well. You will be surprised how much more you will hear as well as learn as well as earn We cannot emphasize enough how important it to listen to your clients whether they are a seller or a buyer. We have often referred to the listing process as a “listen...

By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 7
Typically when I attend closing with my buyers it turns into a warm conversation where we can discuss various topics, including a congratulations.  The only people in the room are the Escrow Officer (closer) buyers and their agent.Today while at closing the Listing Agent showed up and invited him...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 12
 When You Compete With Yourself “When you compete with yourself it’s important to do your best . . . . and do better than you did yesterday . . . . to reate positive forward progress in your career.” Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant.Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author    As I see...

By Tammie White, or (615) 495-0752
(Franklin Homes Realty LLC)
Comments 2
The summers in Franklin Tennessee are hot so when the air conditioner goes out, it's unbearable. Actually, Tom and I don't have an air conditioner. We have a package unit heat pump. This is a very common way to heat and cool a home in the south. That's right we have one big package unit that prov...

By Same Day 203kla, HUD Certified 203k Consultant 323 309-9722
(Same Day 203Kla 323 309-9722)
Comments 1
Feasibility Study:  When A HUD Approved 203k Consultant Inspects a property for compliance of Minimum Property Standards (MPS) as mandated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) it may also include changes the client my wish to make during the 203k renovation process.   The stu...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
Comments 2
It’s Spring Break. That means it’s time for a Weston homeowner to pack the whole family into the car like the Griswalds and head east to the beach. But do you look good in a bikini? If not, you may want to learn some of the tricks to slimming down your body. For instance, shop at a few different ...

By® - A division of Move, Inc., Proven Systems
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Ghosting is when someone stops responding to your communications without explaining why. And while it’s usually used within the context of dating, it’s also becoming a tried-and-true tactic in sales and lead conversion settings.While it’s true that your leads don’t really owe you anything, it’s a...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 49
Almost every state across the country is experiencing a sellers’ market. Listing agents are focused on digging deeply for new, fresh inventory. I’d like to believe all real estate professionals are “marketing like they mean it” no matter what the market conditions might be.  As we continue, every...

By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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Taking the property off the current inventory of real estate listings, how big a deposit, what sizes holds a property for sale?Until the buyer can travel from out of state or perform whatever inspection, meet whatever delaying contingencies before finally proceeding to the real estate closing. Lo...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 14
Forget the Past Be in the Moment “Forget the mistakes. Forget failure. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now, and do it. Today is your lucky day it.”William James “Will” Durant 1885 – 1981, AmericanWriter, Historian and Philosopher  As I see it . . . . . . .Forget the past be in th...