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 Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 5
High Expectations is the Key “Believe it! High expectations are the key to everything.”Sam Walton 1918 – 1992, American Businessman andEntrepreneur, Founder of Walmart and Sam’s Club   As I see it . . . . . . .High expectations is the key High expectations become the foundation for your goal sett...

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 14
It used to be that agents would come right out and ask listing agents to provide all of the details about their sellers. They'd say things like: why is the seller selling? You might laugh, but that was all the rage for decades, to try to determine the seller's motivation. Because if you could est...

By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
Comments 0
 These are such great tips.  I am sharing for others to learn from this Blog.  Thanks  Relocation is one of our niches and while there are agents who shy away from it...because it is more work than other niches...and for less money after the referring party is paid. .. we enjoy out positions as "...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 7
  As the children get school supplies in order we find an increase in interest in our divorce course as well and we limit the number of students each time.  There is no "set time" to start the 7 session course....we choose not to schedule too many students so that we have time to devote to our p...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 64
Smart real estate marketing often consists of doing what everyone else is not doing.  When you copy what everyone else is doing, you don't stand out, you become pigeonholed with all "those" real estate agents and companies.  One of the successful trends we have noticed  in real estate marketing i...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 11
 Joy is Meant to Be Shared“To get the full value of a joy, you must have somebodyto divide it with.”Mark Twain 1835 – 1910, American Writer, Humorist,Entrepreneur and Lecturer  As I see it . . . . . . . .Joy is meant to be shared Your joy is meant to be shared . . . . and when you share that joy ...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
Comments 0
How cool would it be to own a Pablo Picasso painting in your Coral Gables home? Right away, the value of your home would skyrocket. His paintings are among some of the most expensive. Living a very controversial life, Picasso is one talented painter who is known to have invented abstract painting...

By Dana (Lerner) Sparks
(Maximum One Realty - Managing Broker)
Comments 2
When an agent tells a Buyer that they will get their Earnest Money back if they terminate under the "Due Diligence" or "Buyer's Right to Terminate" period, that reimbursement may NOT be immediate! Watch the video to learn why this may take up to 2 weeks or longer!

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
Comments 1
If you are a middle-aged Miami homeowner, you must have suffered major weight gain in the last year or two. It's understandable, and it's even expected. Unfortunately, many contributors to your recent weight gain are out of your control. Discover the most common reasons why your body simply canno...

By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
Comments 0
I like this.  It must be catchy and unique to YOU. So I spent 12 days this summer at Penland School of Crafts, working on my glassblowing skills.  It was a lot of fun and the mountain location was the perfect escape from July in the lowlands of North Carolina. There were 14 of us students.  On th...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 17
Stop yourself from ranting and raving about anything--realize you are using up precious energy that could be used to appreciate, to compliment, and to count your blessings.   Step 1 Great customer service is not a technique that you can mimic.  It can best be learned through you own direct person...

By John Mosier, Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142
(Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert)
Comments 7
 Doesn't it Make Sense to Drill a Well where the Water Is?One would think this is a pretty basic decision. However I know of several instances where the property owner has asked for a new well to be drilled at the most convenient place on the surface. Remember that water flows in underground aqui...

By Joseph Zingales
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 0
Real estate agents are often asked if they can sell a business without any real estate involved. This occurs when a business owner has built a viable business that they would like to sell but they rent the space that their business occupies. These are known in the real estate community as Busines...

By Cheri Alguire
(Pro Real Estate Coach)
Comments 0
Learning the GameI can honestly say that – WHATEVER YOUR GOAL – learning the game, becoming a student of the game, will help you get you the results you want. Why?Because you will take the time to inform yourself of the path ahead, and by doing so, you will increase your chances of success by a v...

By Marcy Moyer, CDPE
(Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto Probate & Trust Specialist)
Comments 8
    California has very extensive disclosure requirements for residential sales which are of great benefit to the buyer. They are a very good blue print for what kinds of issues need to be disclosed, which is of great benefit for the seller. However, when you’re in charge of selling a home that’s...

By Zurple Marketing Team, Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents
(Zurple)
Comments 2
Social media is a must for Real Estate, however many agents still have alot to learn. Make sure you are using each social media platform to your advantage by reading our most popular social media blog posts from 2016. Top 5 Most Popular Social Media Advice Posts of 2016:  Number One:The Platform ...

By Mark Organek, Las Sendas Homes for Sale REALTOR
(RE/MAX Alliance Group)
Comments 1
Recent Mesa Arizona Probate Transaction for Quick Cash Goes South - Can A Seller Cancel a Transaction Unilaterally after the Buyer makes repair requests?Oh, the advice some folks give their clients and the damage improper advice causes.  Recently, I was involved in a transaction that fell apart a...

By John Occhi, SRES,CPRES.ePRO - Temecula-Murrieta CA Real Estate
(Mason Real Estate)
Comments 3
Is the Sale of Probate Real Estate different from Traditional Sales? The short answer is absolutely YES!  The next question then is "How is the Sale of Probate Real Estate different from the sale of Traditional Real Estate?" In California, unless there is a trust in place, when someone dies that ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 5
Motivational Power Quote   Expect to Win . . . . “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”  Zig Zigler, author, motivational speaker   As I see it. . . . . . . . Expect to win . . . .   The winners in life expect to win . . . . But they d...

By Realtor.com® - A division of Move, Inc., Proven Systems
(realtor.com®)
Comments 16
You’ve sent the follow-up texts and the nurture emails, you’ve beat around the bush as much as possible. At some point, you have to know if a lead is worth pursuing any further… so, what’s your go-to script for sealing the deal?If you don’t have a strong closing line, don’t fret! Review four poss...