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 Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.
(Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545)
Comments 19
Call me crazy, but if I had a buyer client tell me they were relocating from another state and their house there had just gone under contract a few days prior, probably one of my first phone calls would be to the listing agent of that house. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe I would just leave well enough a...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
Comments 0
A lovely and healthy garden located at a Coral Springs home can lighten up the place, adding beauty and a taste of nature to the property. The garden just has to resist destruction from injurious weeds, pests, and illnesses. After mowing the lawn around your property, let some of the grass trimmi...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
Comments 1
Keeping a healthy diet is always import to every Palm Beach Gardens homeowner, regardless of his or her age. For starters, eating avocados is understandable, as avocados promote blood flow to and from your brain. Your mental functions soar. At the same time, avocados can even reduce high blood pr...

By Luke Acree, Making Agents Memorable
(ReminderMedia)
Comments 2
Sales is all about communication. When you look at top-producers across every industry, communication skills are one of the few things that unites them all. To be able to take an idea and express it convincingly is the foundation of the craft.We might think our pitches are the most essential part...

By Steve Bracero, First Time Homebuyer and Investor Specialist
(Heisler and Mattson)
Comments 13
 If you are executing you are getting closer to your goals. Daily wins will lead to long term success. Success is a marathon, not a sprint. The key is knowing it may takes days, weeks, years to reach a specific goal. Understand that you need to enjoy the process as well as trust the process. Mind...

By Steve Bracero, First Time Homebuyer and Investor Specialist
(Heisler and Mattson)
Comments 3
Two Things:1.Know what space you need.At the end of the day, make sure you will use the house.. Is it best fit for you? Is it functional? Functional is a must since you most likely plan on living there for years to come. Does the floor plan work for you? Also, know your budget. What works for you...

By Steve Bracero, First Time Homebuyer and Investor Specialist
(Heisler and Mattson)
Comments 3
Instant Gratification. Being present is harder than ever now. A little over 10 years ago, having a cell phone was rare. Now, everyone now has their phone in arms reach at all times. Nobody watches live tv or commercials anymore…. they are on their phones. If there has to be a commercial, it is th...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 6
Jobs, Rules for Success; Hire, Train, and Inspire Great Teams  We have been working hard these past few weeks and months developing great people to handle our projects and those of our clients. Enjoy the Steve Jobs video where he talks about the Rules of Success, Building Great Teams. Hopefully h...

By Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799)
Comments 23
I always love it when my clients are excited and proclaim “We did it!” in a real estate transaction. It’s a team effort when it comes to working with my clients and I stress that mantra often throughout our transaction.Recently I closed on a home I listed for a delightful woman, a new friend even...

By Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799)
Comments 15
There are so many professionals to learn from here in Active Rain.  I started blogging at the end of 2008 and wasn't sure of the benefit I would receive.  The results have been way more than I counted on.  Not only have my Localism posts, community events and market reports been read and shared b...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 12
When we work with a luxury real estate agent or company, we are extremely mindful of all the details, regardless of how minute they are. Attention to details is what can easily set you apart from another luxury real estate marketing professional.  Studies have shown that our subconscious mind pic...

By Realtor.com® - A division of Move, Inc., Proven Systems
(realtor.com®)
Comments 29
Spam callers are ubiquitous and we’ve all had the unfortunate experience of answering a call we wished we’d have ignored. So, can you blame your leads for screening your calls before they’ve gotten to know you?If you’re struggling to make contact after you receive an inbound lead with a phone num...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 12
There’s No Excuse for Anyone to Outwork You “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to outwork you.” Derek Jeter Former Major League Baseball PlayerWith a 20 Year Career with the New York Yankees,5 Time World Series Champion                           ...

By Dana (Lerner) Sparks
(Maximum One Realty - Managing Broker)
Comments 1
When you send a referral and get paid a referral fee, are you.breaking license law?  Watch the video to find out what you need to do to make sure that you are not in violation of license law in the state of Georgia.

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 12
Adjust Your Course But Not Your Objectives“When you find yourself off course focus on your goals and you will never be lost.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . . . .Your success journey may be long journey . . . . and ma...

By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 8
Question:"Dear Laura,I've been fascinated with the topic of Feng Shui for several years know and I have become really confused with certain things. For example, I've read in books and articles that my bathroom is considered a huge drain on my energy. Is this true?Thank you,Kathryn Walsh"Answer:De...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 14
Keep the Faith in Yourself . . . . and in Your Ability“You will do what you believe you can do . . . .  Keep the faith in yourself . . . .  believe that you will achieve your goals . . . . and work hard to create successful results.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speake...

By Brenda McCann, An Agent That Cares in NE Florida
(Davidson Realty Inc)
Comments 12
"Best Practices" to me means how we deal with the public. In the real estate profession we receive ongoing training regarding the fuctions of the real estate transaction.  The Problem, as I see it, is that we as real estate agents have no course available that offers training on dealing with the ...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
Comments 8
Lou Ludwig "The 80-20 rule is . . . . Listen 80% of the time to secure information and knowledge. Use 20% of your time in asking the right questions."Right on target - and - re-blog! Getting Good Information  “Getting good information . . . . requires that you ask the right answers and listen to ...

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 11
 You've gotta wonder about how some real estate brokers in Placer County manage to get away without supervising as required by our licensing entity in California. My team just emerged from a nightmare of an escrow, the details of which I did not hear about until after it closed, involving one of ...