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 Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
Comments 4
Sally K. & David L. Hanson "When you are "at the bottom" or on your way there...the dishes in the sink, freshly vacuumed floors, etc. are not your top priority....functioning the best you know how for yourself and the people who depend on you....ARE....and some days that is difficult."Right on ta...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 12
 The Person With . . . . Unlimited Enthusiasm  “A man can success at almost anything.For which he has unlimited enthusiasm.”Charles M. Schwab 1862 - 1939, American Steel Magnate        As I see it. . . . . . . .The person  with . . . . unlimited enthusiasm A person with enthusiasm sees the green ...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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Chris Ann Cleland " Don't waste my buyers time drawing us in with something that doesn't exist in reality.  If the home shows poorly, show it in the photos... They should be easy and natural to view, and show the home in the condition it is likely I will find it."Right on target - and - re-blog! ...

By Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 28
 Coconut Coffee!Sir Wilfred's Maui - 100%  Kauai Coffeewww.SirWilfreds.com Why? ...Because I am an "Early Bird".I am an "Early Bird". You know what they say about the early bird... it gets the worm right? !! Well my worm is getting all of my routine done as early as possible so when the unexpecte...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
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All in a Week's WorkIt's been an eventful week for this Bristow Real Estate Agent.  And the most important thing that happened this week had nothing to do with real estate, but was how it all got started.  My elderly mother nearly collapsed while at the grocery store with me on Sunday evening, so...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 48
 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 Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 21
SOLD!120 Panorama Blvd. Sedona AZ 86336 2 BD - 2 Baths - Bonus RoomWest SedonaWest Sedona is one of the most sought after areas of Sedona. Many people enjoy the proximity to the shopping, restaurants, outdoor activities, as well as entertainment and schools. So, it does not surprise me that there...

By Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty
(RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE)
Comments 58
Why do so many agents perform the final walk through with their buyers an hour before closing? If nothing goes wrong, a walk through right before closing may work out but what if something does go wrong?  Closing may have to be postponed, movers rescheduled, and buyers may be without a place to ...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
Comments 37
Full Service Is My Business ModelThough many agents offer a menu of services in their businesses, I do not. I am a full service agent and feel like it is a disservice to my clients to withhold any of the my services and the value and benefits they provide to my sellers. I consider myself an orche...

By Jeff Wright, Property Manager in Hanover, PA
(Foundation First Property Group)
Comments 30
I had the opportunity to take a brief holiday down to Fort Lauderdale. As I was in the ocean looking back at the beach, I saw the lifeguard beginning to close up her area for the night. In Fort Lauderdale, the lifeguards don't simply have a high chair, but more of a small hut on stilts. It probab...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)
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Value Proposition Part 1 of 4 (September Active Rain Challenge)  The definition of full service is simple: It’s creating WOW!Wow! costs money and is rarely delivered by a new agent, a transactional agent or the worst agent: complacent agents. You can buy sox at Nordstoms and have an experience, w...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 42
I just read a statement in the Q&A section of ActiveRain that quoted Inman News as saying “more than 80% of listings are either referral or sphere of influence.” The next question that was asked was “Should we not direct the newer agents to Work by Referrals?” I thought I’d share my thoughts on t...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Your Customers Will Judge You“Each of us will one day be judged by our standard of life,not by our standard of living . . . .  By our measure of givingnot by our measure of wealth; by our simple goodness, not by our securing greatness.”William Arthur Ward 1921 - 1994, Author   As I see it. . . ....

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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There’s No Gain Without Risk“To try is to risk failure. But risk must be taken because thegreatest hazard of life is risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, live and love....

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 60
   Imagine that your life as you know it changed....you lost your job, your spouse left with another person...and the savings account.....you are a single parent overnight with no support other than the part time job you had....the house needs some repairs......bills continue and income does not...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 9
Closing Gifts One of the most common questions I get asked is, "What is the PERFECT closing gift?" A closing gift represents the desire to express appreciation and gratitude to a client for their business and therefore, there is not an easy, one-size-fits-all answer. The reason for that is becau...

By Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 22
  A speaker that Mr Banana and I listen to quite often has talked about lining up your engines instead of having them go off in all kinds of wacky directions.  I am sure real estate professionals can relate to this with our hectic schedules - and quite frankly just about everyone else too.    Wha...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Have Patience’s in All Things“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them everyday begin the task anew.”Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622), Bishop of Geneva and is honored...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 12
    In another lifetime, I owned a marketing agency....the things I learned, the education I got and successes and failures have been invaluable to us in our real estate practice. Many things we do would not be done as well...take longer to learn or never be included at all in our custom marketin...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 A Person With Unlimited Enthusiasm  “A man can success at almost anything.For which he has unlimited enthusiasm.”Charles M. Schwab 1862 - 1939, American Steel Magnate        As I see it. . . . . . . .A person with unlimited enthusiasm A person with enthusiasm sees the green lights on their succe...