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 Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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  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...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
Comments 1
If you eat doughnuts all day and perform zero exercise, it's not surprising that you will put on plenty of stomach fat. But how does a Coral Springs homeowner explain gaining weight when he or she sticks to a healthy diet and a daily exercise routine? From prescription medications to a lack of sl...
Over 81 percent of buyers find it easier to visualize a property as their future home when it is staged, according to a survey by the National Association of Realtors. In addition to basic home-buying must dos, such as clearing out clutter and giving the home a thorough cleaning, proper staging c...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
Comments 12
Here's some excellent advice from Luke Acree for all those agents that are either new to the business or are looking for the best way to generate some sustainable long term business:   Community involvement is extremely important for all industries. However, for an industry that’s as client centr...

(RE/MAX Premier Group)
Comments 0
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By Jeff Onofrio, FHA 203k Lender and Homestyle Reno Specialist
(AnnieMac Home Mortgage )
Comments 3
Secrets of the 203k Taught by a Realtor..... Please join AnnieMac Home Mortgage on July 18th to Learn the Secrets of the FHA 203k loan taught by one of your fellow Realtors. This event is availbale for CE credit and we will be having one of your own presenting the material.  That's right- a Realt...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 110
Real Estate Competition: a different perspective, the views of a Beverly Hills Realtor Endre Barath, Jr.There are so many different views about Realtors, especially about their competitive spirit. I have recently read a post from one of our regular and respected blogger’s and the message was not ...

By Cheri Alguire
(Pro Real Estate Coach)
Comments 17
My clients often wonder why I close every phone conversation and email with the phrase, “Make it a GREAT day.” Why not, “have a great day” or “have a good day?” That all reflects on the way I coach and the power I believe that everyone has over his or her own lives:By saying, “have a great day,” ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 15
There’s Always A Way “No matter what the statistics say, there’s always a way.”Bernard Siegel, American Writer, Retired Pediatric Surgeon   As I see it . . . . . . .There’s always a way There’s always a way . . . . when you’re willing look for it . . . . and you’re your willing to work hard to fi...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, St. George Area Preferred Residential REALTOR®
(Specializing in Residential, Referrals & Relocation | PK Real Estate Utah South)
Comments 11
A shoulder shrug away from an eye roll. The art of listening is necessary when first meeting home buyer clients. Finding common ground by asking questions about wants and needs allows a conversation to grow into a mutual kinship. Establish a rapport, staying to the professional side of matters. F...

By Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 23
 Let me start out with I wasn't planning on writing a post for the August Challenge - Best Business Practices, but after reading a  few comments I thought it would be helpful to do so. It seems that some folks are of the mindset that this is challenging contest. Perhaps by re-framing the contest ...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
Comments 16
Lou Ludwig "To achieve goals you’ve never achieved before . . . . Starts in your mindset  . . . . and is achieved in doing things that you have not done in the past."Right on target - and - re-blog! To Achieve Goals, You’ve Never Achieved Before  “To achieve goals you’ve never achieved before, yo...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 6
A Time to Reflect “We all need to take a little time each day to reflect to get our day moving in the right direction.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it . . . . . . .A time to reflect It’s very easy to get so wrapped up in our day ...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 38
 Step 1Great customer service is not a technique that you can mimic.  It can best be learned through you own direct personal experience. To run circles around your competition with superlative customer service requires a complete shift in attitude and also a shift in your fundamental ground of be...

By Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 3
 Lou Ludwig shares so much joy every day, wouldn't you agree?  I'm sure you do!  Recently I have been working on several training webinars/video's and it dawned on me that the most enjoyable 'teachers/mentors' are the ones that bring JOY and ALIVENESS to the party. I saw a webinar yesterday and t...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 11
Making a difference in the lives of others is what Jan Green does.... this post brought a smile to my face....but once a teacher, always a teacher.... Jan makes our industry stronger by giving back.... thanks, Jan Green. When we blog it's common to write about our business; ways of doing business...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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    It is our honor and pleasure to be goodwill ambassadors for the state we have called home for a lifetime for people relocating to Southeastern Wisconsin.  We work in the counties of Kenosha, Racine, Walworth, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee and Jefferson.  Employment is BOOMING and ...

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(eXp Realty)
Comments 7
Have you participated in this month's contest?What are your best business practices?Thanks Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS for sponsering this great challenge.ActiveRain August Challenge - BEST- Business Practices   ActiveRain August Challenge - BEST-  Business Practices   We all run our businesses in ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 14
To Achieve Goals, You’ve Never Achieved Before “To achieve goals you’ve never achieved before, you need to start doing things you’ve never done before.”Stephen Covey 1932 – 2012, American Educator, Author, Businessman, Keynote Speaker   As I see it . . . . . . .To achieve goals, you’ve never achi...