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 Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 19
A Moment of Humanity at an Open HousesAs a top Bristow Listing Agent, I got the opportunity to host two open houses this past weekend.  At this point in my career, my knowledge of the area is extensive and engaging interested or curious buyers in conversation is easy.  I've also learned to not co...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(PK Real Estate Utah South)
Comments 10
A glorious sunrise ubiquitously casts light on early anglers. ~ Wanda Kubat-Nerdin  Getting onto the lake in a timely manner ensures a more opportune scenario to anchor down in a favorite spot to catch a limit. Just as waking up, dressing up and showing up to work has favorable consequences. The ...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 20
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 Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 6
Lou always encouraged us to think positively...to carry with us a positive attitude.    Think About It “It ain’t no use putting up your umbrella till it rains.” Alice Caldwell Rice 1870 – 1942, American Novelist   As I see it . . . . . . .   Think about it   People walk around with their umbrella...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities)
Comments 4
Attitude Makes All The Difference Zig Ziglar - Attitude Makes All The Difference Get rid of stinkin thinkin to really make a change in your life! My lovely wife Sally and I took a trip to Dallas shortly before Zig passed on to attend the Born to Win conference with the Ziglars and many others. Zi...

By Dawn McCurdy - Real Estate Broker, Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga & Schen Counties
(McCurdy Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Comments 1
Getting your home ready to sell? Gone are the days when you simply have to post a “For Sale” sign on your front yard.  These days in a highly competitive real estate market where there’s a sea of houses for sale in Cohoes, you need to step up your game and make all the effort to ensure your home ...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 42
EPA Announces Lead Paint Enforcement ActionsIf for some reason you thought it is OK to skip some of the Real Estate Disclosures, well think again. Here is a perfect example, where the Environmental Protection Agency is serious about cleaning up lead paint. On March 12, the U.S. Environmental Prot...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 62
There are many new agents entering the real estate business, and the first question asked is how do I find business without spending any money?  Talk can be cheap, but it can also be “Free.”There are many ways to find business without spending any money.  One method of prospecting without spendin...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 24
If you want the best real estate team you can have you know that you will have to do some training and development.  It certainly is a rapidly changing landscape.  On the other hand competition requires that we may have to do more with less.  That is certainly a good thing if we learn to work sma...

By Ed Kunkel, Let's love your new home together!
(RE/MAX Professionals )
Comments 0
Almost every day, someone calls me to check on the status of a home for sale.  Sometimes the reason for their call is because the home they saved to their ‘favorites’ has either disappeared, or some strange new status is attached to it.  Not being familiar with what types of status changes there ...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
Comments 4
Some very good information thanks to Chuck & Lucy Willman UtahHomes.me: 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 fin...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 15
This was Lou's final post before he passed away.    Maximizing Your Resources to Maximize Your Life “The biggest tragedy in America is not the great waste of natural resources – the biggest tragedy is the waste of human resources because the average person goes to his grave with his  music still ...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 9
How to Poise Your Offer in a Multiple Offer Situation to Win  So many markets across the country have limited inventory resulting in multiple offers. This puts stress on agents and buyers and leaves sellers with big smiles on their faces. With so many buyers rallying for the same homes, many buy...

By Donald Payne
(Vision Realty)
Comments 3
"Real estate team", this term hasn't been around for very long and I'm not necessarily talking about a group of real estate agents working together to sell a property or help you buy one. I'm talking about the group of individuals that help you get the home you want or sell on time and that inclu...

By JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 10
  Ok so I guess that's not always entirely the truth. If you are a hunter or something of the sort, then there are certainly occasions in which camouflage and becoming a pert of your surroundings is a very good thing. But in terms of real estate, this nowhere near the best practice.   It's easy t...

By Chuck & Lucy Willman UtahHomes.me, Utah Homes
(Utah Homes)
Comments 35
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:  https://www.hud.gov/sites/documents/SERVANIMAL...

By JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 5
  While I can certainly understand that at some points in life and business that there is safety in a well timed retreat, there is success in a well times strike. So often we become complacent in the safety of our comfort that we forget that in order to succeed, there is a certain amount of risk ...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)
Comments 4
Through many books, classes and my coaching with Brian Buffini founder of Buffini & Company , I've received my Masters Degree in Time Blocking and Energy Management. There are many of you that are so self disciplined and organized, my post will be a refresher at best, but those of you who are lik...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
  Think About It “It ain’t no use putting up your umbrella till it rains.” Alice Caldwell Rice 1870 – 1942, American Novelist   As I see it . . . . . . .   Think about it   People walk around with their umbrellas up . . . . waiting for it to rain on their parade.   Their expectations are that if ...

By SmartZip Analytics, Adam Long, Director of Sales and Marketing
(SmartZip)
Comments 15
Last week, top agents shared their tactics for getting their foot in the door of prospective clients — and many agents were excited to hear that the panelists weren’t recommending doorknocking! If you missed the incredible event, here are insights and best practices from three panelists, who serv...