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 Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 30
     We have a number of Soon-to-be Sellers who are in various stages of getting their homes ready for sale...Paint, flooring, landscaping, exterior work including decks and porches...teams of contractors are everywhere. As these Sellers go to visit their next "happily ever afters" they have aske...

By Tai DeSa, Husband and wife team. #diapersandrealestate
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Comments 3
So many people ponder whether they should flip houses, or buy and rent out houses. We will examine the pros and cons of each strategy later in this article. Before deciding between those two distinct strategies, there are three questions to consider first:  Why do I want to invest in real estate?...

By Peter Mohylsky, SoWal Is HOME., Let me help you find your path to the beach.
(Gulf Place @ 30A)
Comments 6
Basic advice to both new and experienced agents. From the NAR 2018 Member Profile: 29% in the business less than 2 years! "In 2018, there was a continued rise in new members of the National Association of REALTORS®, increasing from 1.22 million in March 2017 to 1.30 million in April 2018. This is...

By Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 11
This was a new one to me.....      With our competitive market, multiple offers are becoming the norm, especially with houses that are priced according to the comparables, are in great condition, and are located where the buyers want to be. So, when a recent listing went on market and multiple of...

By Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393
Comments 13
  Breaking The Ice   Breaking The Ice   This term may have different meanings around the country and during certain times of the year.  But I was pondering things while going through some questions in the ActiveRain Q&A section recently.   While answers often depend on the details of a situation,...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
Comments 6
Nerdin Gardens: Survival Instincts  Something nature knows very well is how to thrive. Sweetly scented lemon tree flowers attract bees, butterflies and ants. The blooms also camouflage a spider similar in color, attempting to achieve the day's goals. Nature continues to improve upon tried and tru...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 11
Offering of Inducements in Maryland Real Estate Advertisements Does the advertisement offer inducements to buyers or sellers other than inducements involving a contest; element of chance; lottery; drawing; or other such mechanism by which a prize or anything of value is to be awarded based upon t...

By Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
Comments 34
HOUSES WITH BLUE BATHROOMS AND MORE...Now, here is an example of what one of the biggest issues we have with Z, is all about:  "Homes with Blue Bathrooms Sell For More?". Not to insinuate that Z is an appraisal company, of course--but what can you think when they come up with their ridiculous Zes...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 15
Is Your Prospect a Time Waster? How do you tell the difference between good and bad prospects? One will waste your time, dragging you from house to house-getting all kinds of information from you-only to end up dumping you right before writing an offer. You also have clients who seem like time w...

By Monica Hill, the REALTOR to help you discover Delaware
(RE/Max Associates)
Comments 16
  With our competitive market, multiple offers are becoming the norm, especially with houses that are priced according to the comparables, are in great condition, and are located where the buyers want to be. So, when a recent listing went on market and multiple offers were presented, I got the th...

By Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
Comments 19
Inspiration for 5/20/19by Patricia Feager  "Great things are a series of small things brought together."---Vincent Van Gogh I must have passed by a dozen or more of what appears to me to be cattails growing individually or in pairs but when I saw this large assortment together as a whole, they se...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 7
"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity." -- Gen. George S. Patton  Do you ever wonder what make people want to follow a leader into danger? Consider some of the comments of two American military leaders. "Never tell people how to ...

By Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text
(Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker)
Comments 51
From the NAR 2018 Member Profile:29% in the business less than 2 years!"In 2018, there was a continued rise in new members of the National Association of REALTORS®, increasing from 1.22 million in March 2017 to 1.30 million in April 2018. This is apparent in the data; those who had less than two ...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 26
 You may believe that you have a powerful customer value proposition but if your team is not on board it will never be fulfilled. If they are not on board then, perhaps, you are not leading them. When I consult with business owners in Westchester County New York often I hear comments about gettin...

By Monica Hill, the REALTOR to help you discover Delaware
(RE/Max Associates)
Comments 13
Friends of mine are getting one of their investment properties ready to go on the market. I visited the house today to review color and finishing choices, hardware, and other improvements. The stain on the hardwood flooring looks great, the wall colors are cool and soothing, the flow of colors an...

By Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
Comments 7
Inspirational Thoughts for 5/24/19by Patricia Feager "BE NOT AFRAID OF LIFE. BELIEVE THAT LIFE ISWORTH LIVING, AND YOUR LIFE WILL HELPCREATE THE FACT"---WILLIAM JAMES, PHILOSOPHER (1897)  Life can be as exciting or complex as we create it to be. This photo was taken while I was in Tennessee earli...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
Comments 11
What goes ⇑ will not come ⇓! An offer came through the email inbox for a listing. It was simple, cash, quick close. Clients countered and the REPC sent back quickly. The buyer accepted, then suddenly wanted to change the contract by offering less. Is this a case misunderstanding how the real esta...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 25
How Often Are You Checking Your Vacant Listings?Being a full-time, professional real estate agent, taking listings that I can actually service is of HUGE importance to me.  If I can't get to my vacant listings at least once a week, or be at any listing in short order if there is a problem, then I...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 7
Fair Housing Requirements for Maryland Real Estate Advertisements Is the equal housing opportunity logo included in all display advertisements, whether print, television or internet, in excess of four inches? The Equal Housing Opportunity logo must be the same size as the largest other logo displ...

By Abby Stiller, Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637
(REMAX Realty Group)
Comments 3
Should I flip, or buy and hold?   So many people ponder whether they should flip houses, or buy and rent out houses. We will examine the pros and cons of each strategy later in this article. Before deciding between those two distinct strategies, there are three questions to consider first:   Why ...