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 Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 50
It's a brave new world, for those of you who were unaware.I learned, from my daughter, that most people who are younger than I am (and that covers MOST people, these days) will turn to the internet when considering whether to hire you, or not.They'll conduct a Google-search.  Searching the intern...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 13
Why Winging It Isn't Cutting It Anymore! I have worked with hundreds of agents who all have their own style, their own personality and their own unique way of doing things. This is exactly what makes our real estate industry so special, we have a melting pot of diverse and interesting agents. Ma...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 19
I have failed to mention that we have been getting a couple great  Rain Storms in Los Angeles, CA. Most of us are elated, only those who come from the East Coast or other parts of the Globe and they do not understand how critical it is for us to get rain...Grumble...Anyway, I am digressing... I c...

By Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"
(U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.)
Comments 95
"It would have qualified as a business crisis if I had to leave that behind when I made a change."-Carol Williams  In 2008, when I was still an active real estate agent, I wrote the following blog post.  It is as true today as then, so wanted to pass it along again.  Please heed the advice.  You...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 16
FLY: F.L.Y. what does it mean to you?Well before I give you an answer to the abbreviation, allow me to share a few well-known Quotes. My philosophy is: it is none of my business what people say of me, what people think of me. I am what I am and do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(PK Real Estate Utah South)
Comments 5
The Simple Truth About Time Management   Simple and sweet and also reminds me of the quote...Time and tide wait for no man. Getting to the work at hand means getting up, dressing up and showing up for the day. Better to meet it than chase it down. Happy Monday all, time is indeed on my side, glad...

By PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent), Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
Comments 4
 by Andy CoffaroPropertyMinderMarketing There’s arguably nothing more important to your real estate marketing campaigns than collecting high-quality leads via email signups. It’s pretty simple: If you don’t capture email addresses, you can’t keep your funnel jam-packed with high-quality leads tha...

By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 38
Great news as a listing agent a cooperating agent and I closed a transaction  . Her paperwork was a little sloppy but the terms were wonderful and so was the price  for my seller .  There were some documents missing . When I called her and asked for the paperwork she had the buyer call me directl...

By Brivity Platform, Manage. Market. Communicate. Convert. Get leads
Comments 111
As a realtor, listings are your bread and butter. Whether a listing presentation succeeds in convincing sellers to list, is about your ability to present yourself better than the competition. However, it typically starts with the ability to overcome seller objections (to listing the property, to ...

By Diana Turnbloom, The Leading Expert in TC Services & Education
Comments 0
Oh boy! So many things to worry about when your client is under contract! What’s the most important stuff to focus on? Put the following on your calendar:1.    Deposit Due Date. Buyer is out of contract if funds are not placed into the escrow account.Buyer’s agents-Get the deposit in there ASAP! ...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 5
As Lou Saw It.....  "In the face of uncertainty, face it with hope and there will be a way to overcome it."  Lou Ludwig In the Face of Uncertainty  “in the face of uncertainty there is nothing wrong with hope.” O. Carl Simonton 1942 – 2009, Doctor, Author and Speaker       As I see it . . . . . ....

By Joel Jadofsky, One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area
(Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach )
Comments 0
Having Open Houses is an important part of what we do.  I find myself looking at what others do for new ideas and reminders.  I came across this article from Breakthough Brokers and thought it was a good one to share.  There's an art to planning the perfect open house and presenting a property in...

By Corey Martin, Real Estate and Management Solutions
(Martin Presence Group)
Comments 16
 A new year is always a good time to take stock of where we are and where we want to be. We do this in our personal lives, and it’s a good idea to apply this concept to our businesses as well. You have invested in rental properties to increase your financial portfolio. Is it performing as well as...

By Dennis Swartz, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI, CMCA, MBA...experience counts!
(Rickert Property Management)
Comments 4
You run the ads, show the property, screen the applicant, check references, sign pages of documents.....and BOOM! Rent is late, boyfriend moved in and parks on the grass, toys everywhere, dogs who were not disclosed are barking, neighbors are angry at you.What happened??!! Nothing-its just next t...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 13
Get Answers“When you ask questions you get answers . . . . and that’s a good thing.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author  As I see it . . . . . . .Get answers You get answers . . . . gather information . . . . build rapport . . . . and build a bett...

By Steve Bunker
Comments 3
If you're a real estate agent who isn't blogging on your own platform, you're missing a huge way to boost your website's traffic and connect with your clients. It's incredibly important for real estate agents to blog for two big reasons: One, it shows Google and other search engine crawlers that ...

By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 0
                                                THREE KEYS TO SUCCESS PASSION   -     BELIEVING   -   CONFIDENCEIn yourself! First, we should understand everyone is different. What works for some won’t work for others.When I look back on my 35+ year career, I am not recalling any transaction from...

By Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun!
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
Comments 13
THE INTERNET "NETHERWORLD"--Good, Bad & Indifferent... The Internet is the All-Seeing eye into our private world and our psyche. It can look into what you want and need and it can see what there is out there to bring "it" to you. It truly is magical and yet can be diabolical as well!This is a re-...

By PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent), Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
Comments 4
 In direct response to this particular re-blog's titular question: "If you don't, YOU SHOULD." Google can not only help your business' online exposure with the right SEO practices and use of Custom IDX webpages - it can also expose (er - reveal) a wealth of information and data about virtually an...

By Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor
(Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate)
Comments 3
If you or your client has a rental property, and you have a "no pets" policy, you will want to make sure that you are aware of the HUD policy on Service animals and Assistance Animals for people with disabilities. You can find the full document here: