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!

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By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 51
Are You Generating Enough Leads? Whether you are a real estate professional, mortgage broker, home inspector or a home stager, you work to get leads. Getting leads isn’t enough though, anyone can do that.Most of us fail because of our lack of follow up or in our method of delivery. See, we are in...

By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
(Re/Max Classic)
Comments 2
Any real estate transaction contains lots of paperwork, much of which are disclosures. A “disclosure” is a fact about a property. A property seller has an affirmative duty to disclose anything and everything that they know about the home and neighborhood. In case you are wondering, there is reall...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 3
Low Ball Offers   “Low ball offers are like fishing . . . .  There is always a hope ofcatching to something. Where it’s really an exercise in drowning worms.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Contestant,Success Tips, Speaker, Trainer, Author,  As I see it . . . . . . .Low ball offers Some customers...

By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Comments 2
 Wonderfully busy day with a three hour class this morning, meeting an appraiser, negotiating an offer and what I thought would be a very short appointment for a possible listing. This was a referral from a former client but this seller told me, on the phone, that she was not sure she wanted to s...

By Rossie Wang, Wiz Kid, Blogger, Real Estate Analyst
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
Comments 0
Throughout the years, social media has grown significantly; allowing companies to reach larger audiences and helping them become more valuable in business. Today, social media is a necessity for successful real estate agents. Since consumers expect the businesses they work with to engage on socia...

By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
Comments 2
Hey ActiveRainers,Just thought I'd leave this here. A little #WednesdayWisdom, if you will. :-)Although I (and PropertyMinder) can't take any credit for this one - it's pretty universal in terms of it's business advice. Remember that "practice makes permanent". Feel free to share with friends.I h...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 9
We tried to make an appointment to view a property at 10:00 Saturday morning.  The listing agent, who needed to accompany the showing, said we were confirmed, but called back shortly to say "The seller says Saturday morning is not good... but anytime on Sunday would be okay."I reached out to my b...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 4
See the Green Light  “An optimist is a person who sees a green lighteverywhere, while a pessimist sees only thered stoplights . . . . the truly wise person is colorblind.”Albert Schweitzer 1875 – 1965, Alsatian Born – GermanTheologian, Scholar, Philosopher, Organist and Missionary   As I see it ....

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(eXp Realty)
Comments 5
You meet many potential buyers at the open house.How do you follow up with them?PropertyMinder Inc. shares the scripts in this re-post.Your Open House Follow-Up Phone Script (Part I & II)    Schoolhouse Rock was right: Knowledge is power! Give and get your fair share of relevant,  meaningful know...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
Comments 1
There is no question that eating the right vegetables can help a Palm City homeowner to lose belly fat quickly. Yet, some veggies are better than others when it comes to losing weight. For starters, every 5-inch stick of celery contains no more than 5 calories. The veggie does not have a strong f...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 7
It is nothing to be afraid of but to embrace. Agents FAQ: Do you use a Buyer/Broker Agreement in Your Business? aka in CA, the Buyer Representation Agreement Exclusive (CAR Zip Forms BRE).     Oh yes, the great debate. I do enjoy this one too. I'm 100% polarized and non-negotiable on this one. It...

By PropertyMinder Inc., Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
Comments 4
  Schoolhouse Rock was right: Knowledge is power!Give and get your fair share of relevant,  meaningful knowledge with this phone script.Your relationships are at stake here. (The following outline is to be used the following Monday or 1 - 2 days after your Open House.) (By the way: Click Here for...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
Comments 1
When the time comes to sell your Weston home, you may have a little trouble if your place isn’t organized. That’s why it is so important to have everything put away. A trick to doing so is with a custom closet organizer. The types of materials and their quality that you choose for organizing your...

By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
Comments 0
 Depending on how your summer went with Aurora property management you may be heading into one of two scenarios as the trees start to change and the air gets crisper.  You’ll want to either take your foot off the gas slightly, or bunker down into improving your systems and developing new business...

By Marguerite Crespillo
(Marguerite Crespillo)
Comments 1
Ever really broke everything down and figured out your “Why”?I had a chance to watch Tony Robbins a few years back and one of themost memorable points he made, which is still fresh in my mind was: What’s your why?...Why do you do, what you do? He explained that he wasn’t there to “motivate” us, i...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 11
With Determination“Success is measured by overcoming obstacles . . . . with determination. You create the personal power to overcome your obstacles . . . .  and on achieving your goals.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it. . . . . . ...

By Andy Brown-Climer School of Real Estate, The Best Real Estate School in Florida
(Climer School of Real Estate)
Comments 0
Great advice, worth reading and heeding.   Depending on how your summer went with Aurora property management you may be heading into one of two scenarios as the trees start to change and the air gets crisper.  You’ll want to either take your foot off the gas slightly, or bunker down into improvin...

By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
Comments 1
                 Spring is just around the corner and the daily temperatures in Denver are already starting to breach 60 degrees.  Anyone in real estate or Denver property management knows that the busy season has begun and will ramp up exponentially until the fall.  The best thing to remember du...

By Corey Martin, Real Estate and Management Solutions
(Martin Presence Group)
Comments 4
You know, I’ve found that people have no VISION. If they walk into a home that needs some TLC, they cannot see what it COULD be.I know I’ve mentioned that my wife and I have remodeled lots of houses during our marriage, and one thing we had was VISION.  We could walk into the ugliest, dumpiest ho...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 50
Listen to That Little Voice in Your Head When you work long hours your brain gets a little muddled and trusted work practices get pushed aside because of exhaustion.I am speaking of backing up computers and uploading documents to the Cloud for safekeeping. I have been working on a marketing propo...