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 Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS, Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Comments 9
My phone rang and a savvy buyer began asking detailed questions about one of my new listings. I could tell she was very interested by the type questions she asked. She found the listing online and had already looked at Google Street Maps, Zillow, and I'm not sure what other research she had done,...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
Comments 6
Jon Kolsky "Here’s what buyers need to keep in mind when it comes to waiving the home inspection. In spite of loving the home or how fervently attached you are to it, buying the home without having it inspected by a professional can work out badly in the long run. "Right on target - and - re-blog...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 17
Hannah's networking is simple. She engages.   My Network is Simple Follow Me    My friend Praful Thakkar  asked us to write a post about our Network . Mine is really simple to follow . I write a blog on Active Rain . I am sad that more Real Estate companies do not encourage their agents to write ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 16
Control Your Circumstances“You either take control of the situations that you have in your life . . . . or your circumstance will take control of you.”Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author  As I see it . . . . . . . . Control your circumstances The...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, St. George Area Preferred Residential REALTOR®
(Specializing in Residential, Referrals & Relocation | PK Real Estate Utah South)
Comments 8
Building trust takes time, indeed. There is no tried or true method to immediately gaining trust in professional relationships. My business plan has always been to gain consumer confidence, one client at a time. So far it has worked! Some things that can help the process: Be Yourself  Remain Reli...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 10
Your Enthusiasm Will Boost Your Success Journey“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years.We grow old by deserting our ideas.Years may wrinkle the skin,but to give up enthusiasmwinkles the soul.”Samuel Ullman, American Businessman and Poet         As I see it. . . . . . . .Your enthusia...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 18
       Properties can  have different kinds of challenges...in Wisconsin, all real estate agents are licensed as "Agents of the Seller."   When we write descriptions on MLS and on other sites that is first and foremost in our marketing minds.  What does the Seller need us to communicate to attra...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 7
Two Things You “Have To” Do In Life “There are only two things you ‘have to” in life. You “have to” die and you “have to” live” life until you die. You make up all the rest.”Marilyn Grey, Author   As I see it . . . . . . .Two things you “have to” do in life The rest of life is made up as you go ....

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 17
Use Your Time Wisely Everyday“Use your time wisely today to build value in your future.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . . .Use your time wisely everyday Your time become perishable once the time has passed . . . . tha...

By Steve Vondran, IP & Real Estate Lawyer
(The Law Offices of Steven C. Vondran, P.C.)
Comments 1
Open Season for CalBRE property management audits?Hi again everybody, Attorney Steve® here with some 2017 real estate updates.  Based on the number of phone calls I have been receiving lately from California real estate brokers and salespersons, it appears to be "open season" on real estate broke...

By Shon Kokoszka, Coaching and Training to increase your income
(ICON Coaching)
Comments 1
In every market, buyers will offer objections at some point during the appointment. Even in a seller’s market, the fear of making the wrong decision, spending too much money and just moving forward can be intimidating for some buyers.   As a professional real estate agent, it’s important to reali...

By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 36
Understand there was no intention whatsoever for Christmas 2016 to be my best ever, it just ends up it will be that way. What I mean having the last two months be really high in income will be my highest income productivity ever for November and December in 37 years. And whether or not you are ex...

By Frederick Herman, Veterans, Military, City, State, Federal Employees
(Staten Island Properties)
Comments 1
 Choosing the right professional to work with is essential to the successful sale of your home.  The decision to buy or sell a home is one of the most important financial decisions most people make, yet many give little thought to finding the Realtor® best suited to their needs. Once you have dec...

By Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale
(Kwee Huset Realty)
Comments 13
What are the Most Complaints Received by FREC About? Yesterday I attended a Broker Roundtable luncheon at the Venice Area Board of REALTORS®. The speaker was Darla Furst, a member of the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC).  She talked about what the most complaints they received were about. FR...

By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 58
 My Network is Simple Follow Me    My friend Praful Thakkar  asked us to write a post about our Network . Mine is really simple to follow . I write a blog on Active Rain . I am sad that more Real Estate companies do not encourage their agents to write about Real Estate It has been a blessing for ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 6
Become Rich . . . . In A Market Niche“Becoming rich . . . . in a market niche by putting your energy . . . . and effort into growing that niche into an unstoppable business force . . . . To where you’re recognized . . . . as an expert in your market niche.” Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consult...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 5
Excellences is a Commitment “Excellences is not a spectator sport. Everyone is involved.”General Electric    As I see it . . . . . . .Excellences is a commitment Excellences is not a spectator sport . . . .  Excellences is making the commitment to achieving it . . . . and working both hard . . . ...

By Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 42
 Your Network Is Your Net Worth It's not what you know, but who you know!InterconnectedEvery definition that I have seen about networking involves the word "interconnected". For the purpose of our discussion, the word would be used in conjunction with people. To be interconnected with people, you...

By Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 9
  This is a must read for all home buyers! A MUST read! Jon Kolsky has written a very good post about WHY waiving a home inspection is not in your best interests - by a long shot. I highly advise all of our home buyers to have a home inspection - on every single transaction. Please take a moment ...

By Laura Filip RE/MAX UTOPIA | 903-271-4978, Your locally owned RE/MAX OFFICE
(RE/MAX UTOPIA , Serving all of Texoma )
Comments 4
Waving the inspection is it really all that important ??? Yes it is ... Read the article below.    Waving The Home Inspection Is A Big Gamble.       As a home buyer, you want to make your offer as attractive as possible. But waiving the home inspection may sound like a great strategy, but it is a...