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 Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
Comments 21
Be a Standout! Why not?  Real estate gurus emphasize the importance of singularly setting ourselves apart from others in the crowd. Rather than just showing up, why not make a direct impact by getting the attention of everyone nearby? That is exactly what my husband did! Not only did he arrive on...

By Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Comments 37
Beware agents!How fraudsters are trying to get your log in information may make you slip up if you are not paying attention and are alert all the time. We all know about those different scams and such that are trying to take money out of our pockets. And many of us are becoming more aware of the ...

By Commercial Appraiser/Forensic Consul, A Full Service Commercial Appraiser and Consultant
(commercial appraiser la)
Comments 0
Jobs As A ( MAI, APPRAISAL INSTITUTE, AI) Commercial Real Estate Appraiser Suck? I want to preface this by saying that I'm not trying to be a dick to appraisers, so just correct me if I'm way off here because honestly this is just what I know from what limited sources I've heard from:The vast maj...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 18
Don't All Real Estate Agents Drive Mini Vans?Walking to my car with a former neighbor from my childhood neighborhood on Saturday, after a visit that had nothing to do with real estate, they said, "Is that your car?  I thought all real estate agents drove mini vans so they could take everyone arou...

By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
Comments 11
I always enjoy the posts from Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! , she is a great woman and I know that she stands out with her actions that show her expertise and knowledge! Be a Standout! Why not?     Real estate gurus emphasize the importance of singularly setting ourselves apart from others in t...

By Mark Lomas, Excellent Service, Superior Results
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Comments 3
Hidden Cameras? We're all familiar with Baby cams, Security Cameras, and a whole variety of other different kinds of systems, except this time, they're being used to monitor buyers previewing their home.Also sellers are using hidden cameras for observing how their real estate agent performs at sh...

By Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
(Fred Griffin Real Estate)
Comments 11
An Open House Checklist will help you have a successful and productive Open House.   Here are some Items and some Ideas that you do not want to overlook!          Preview the Neighborhood the morning of the Open House.  Has a new Listing come on the Market?  What about a new FSBO?  Search the MLS...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
Comments 47
Professionalism-Playing Well in the SandboxA couple of weeks ago I asked in a blog post for the talented members of ActiveRain to share with me the peeves they have with other agents that keep professionalism from being optimum. I am preparing a class for my Realtor® Association on Professionalis...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 9
Great communication requires active listening. As a real estate agent you know that you must listen to your client's wants and needs.  But what if that is not enough?  Many people have said that they have still had problems.  In their words they have asked, "How do I work with a difficult person?...

By JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 69
  I know the title itself seems like little more than shameless click bait and in a way it's meant to grab attention. But in the interest of not disappointing anyone that may have rushed onto this post looking for an honest answer to the question, I feel like I should at the very least make an ef...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 39
I am sure that all brokers believe that agents should have skin in the game.  But what about your support staff?  They have skin in the game another way.  You create that for them by letting them take ownership and pride in their work and their decisions. Rather than giving them very detailed ins...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 12
. Whether it is ego involved or..."...it's the way I always did it...the way I was taught" kind of excuse...it may well not be the highest and best answer as to the "right way to practice real estate."    We find this to be more pervasive of late ...Yesterday we wrote about a lender who decided ...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
Comments 24
by Patricia Feager, 8/16/18 "If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can helpmake the world safe for diversity." --- John F. Kennedy As of Thurday, August 16, 2018, the soul of Aretha Franklin now rests; however, the "Queen of Rock & Soul," will live on as one of the greatest and most b...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
Comments 6
I'd like to suggest that the title be changed to everyone SHOULD have skin in the game:  I am sure that all brokers believe that agents should have skin in the game.  But what about your support staff?  They have skin in the game another way.  You create that for them by letting them take ownersh...

By Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
(Fred Griffin Real Estate)
Comments 0
. Whether it is ego involved or..."...it's the way I always did it...the way I was taught" kind of excuse...it may well not be the highest and best answer as to the "right way to practice real estate."     We find this to be more pervasive of late ...Yesterday we wrote about a lender who decided...

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(LAER Realty Partners)
Comments 1
I am sure there are many more such apps in the market now.This is a re-post of 2012 from Melissa McKinney.Great App For Use in Your Real Estate Business!!  Great app to make your real estate life easier!! Have you ever wanted to show someone something at house in a photo and they can't see what y...

By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 17
I LOVE WD-40Yesterday I had an open house at one of my condo listings at 7420 Westlake Terrace.  I have been there several times and never had a problem with the key.  No one else has had a problem with the key when showing the condo, but of course I couldn't get the door open yesterday.  There I...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 8
The way a person receives news can dramatically affect how he or she feels about it, so you need to choose the medium very carefully. E-mail can be perceived as cold and unfeeling in many cases, although it is useful for routine updates that don't have emotional overtones. Some messages are bette...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 12
Mind-share precedes market share. Focus on capturing MIND SHARE FIRST.  Market share will follow.  As we promised last week on our Throwback Thursday post, here is the next installment of our video course, which was inspired by webinars we had done both for Active Rain and Zillow on the subject o...

By KWKLY Text To Lead, Delivering The Best Leads, Faster!
(KWKLY)
Comments 148
Today we wanted to share with you 5 different ways that KWKLY customers are using text message marketing in their real estate businesses. We hope you see these ideas and think about how you could adapt them to your own marketing efforts.A Couple of Things to Consider About Texting Before We Dive ...