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 Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Comments 13
Please DON"T shoot the messenger is a great Blog from Grant that has a great message.   Have you ever started a meeting or announcement with the phrase."Now please don't shoot the messenger?"  If you have found yourself in this situation  please read on.  If you are a broker owner I am sure you h...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 16
Yesterday morning, while reading the Wine Spectator magazine issue of Restaurants with the best wine cellars, Inoticed this ad that caught my attention and made me smile.  This ad cleverly illustrated that Côte du Rhône wines should be top of mind when it comes to French wine selection. The Côtes...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
Comments 14
Nooooo...Tell me it isn't so!  Are you sure it's Monday says Ashley kitty?! Not quite sure I'm ready and raring to go but the day will happen anyway despite my lack of motivation this early morning. There are clients to see today, some research to be done on a property and an offer to write, so h...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
  Thinking Out of the Box “Because most people prefer safe, predictable results, ‘proven’ maps are usually handed out and followed closely. They are considered objective, therefore making them easier to teach and establish  a standard against which to measure. Without realizing it, your thinking ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 6
  Expand Your Expectations “Let your dreams outgrow the shoes of your expectations.” Ryunosuke Satorio, Poet     As I see it . . . . . . .   Expand your expectations   What you expect to achieve in the future becomes the vision that drives your forward . . . . and in the direction of your expecta...

By Commercial Appraiser/Forensic Consul, A Full Service Commercial Appraiser and Consultant
(commercial appraiser la, 310.337.1973)
Comments 1
COMMERCIAL APPRAISER, HE DON'T NEED NO STINKING EXPLANATIONS, Appellant Charles Snyder (MAI APPRAISAL INSTITUTE, AI,)CHARLES SNYDER Appellant -vsOHIO REAL ESTATE APPRAISER BOARD Appellee JUDGES: Hon. W. Scott Gwin, P. J. Hon. John W. Wise, J. Hon. Earle E. Wise, Jr., J. Case No. 2016 AP 11 0058 O...

By Commercial Appraiser/Forensic Consul, A Full Service Commercial Appraiser and Consultant
(commercial appraiser la, 310.337.1973)
Comments 1
CONSUMERS BEWARE WHEN USING MAI, AI, APPRAISAL INSTITUTE PRODUCTS and SERVICES! http://masslegalresources.com/buffalo-water-1-llc-v-fidelity-real-estate-company-llc-lawyers-weekly-no-12-103-17 CONSUMERS BEWARE WHEN USING MAI, AI, APPRAISAL INSTITUTE PRODUCTS! COMMERCIAL APPRAISER, MAI, APPRAISAL ...

By Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 32
How long does it take to hit reply and type “Got it?”I’m feeling slightly annoyed by what feels to me like rudeness – and I’m wondering why it is so common.Here’s the story: Sometimes people purchase my letter sets and have trouble opening the zip file. Sometimes they open the file on their phone...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
Comments 22
Santa is making a List and Checking it Twice. Should You?   As the end of the year approaches, it is never too late to take another close look at your business to decide whether good or bad decisions were made. It can be as easy as: Measuring customer service. Take the time to ask clients for fee...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 8
If we settle for just being good, we miss out on the opportunity to be great! Which would you rather be?   Give up the Good For the Great “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” Kenny Rogers, Entertainer   As I see it . . . . . . .   Give up the good for the great   Settling fo...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
Comments 62
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 Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida Real Estate, Daytona Beach Area Coastal Homes and Lifestyles
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate)
Comments 5
On the 3rd Thursday of every November, many Real Estate Agents "unofficially" begin their holiday hiatus, a mental holiday, or what is typically known as the official “Holiday Slump”.It is not surprising, with all of the distractions, that it is hard for many agents to stay focused on their real ...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
Comments 12
Pointing fingers in thin air. Playing the Blame Game takes the personal and professional responsibility away from outcomes. Being overly self-absorbed can often be defeating and disappointing and may also cause a complacent or negative attitude.  Are you a firm believer that setting goals and con...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 8
  Give up the Good For the Great “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” Kenny Rogers, Entertainer   As I see it . . . . . . .   Give up the good for the great   Settling for the good is a mindset that traps you into living in your comfort zone . . . . and into being less than ...

By Commercial Appraiser/Forensic Consul, A Full Service Commercial Appraiser and Consultant
(commercial appraiser la, 310.337.1973)
Comments 1
 commercial appraisers, ai, mai, appraisal institute George Dell mai, papa bear https://commercialappraiser.typepad.com/blog/2018/12/commercial-appraisers-ai-mai-appraisal-institute-george-dell-mai-papa-bear-1.html 

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 59
As a broker owner you must have adequate controls since you are the responsible party. There is, however, a delicate balance between control and empowerment. Here is a problem that comes up all too often. A business owner or agency owner spends most of his or her time working IN the business and ...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 3
So many things come into our lives on a daily basis...opportunities, people, jobs, and the list goes on. We have to learn to choose what hits us in our hearts...what we feel passion for.    There are Things That Catch Your Eye “Certain Things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 3
Oh what fun technology can be! When it woks, it is great. When it doesn't, well, it can bring out the inner monster in all of us.It seems to me that as long as I don't absolutely need my various forms of technology, it works just fine. On those days where I am under a tight deadline to get someth...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
Comments 7
Time to make plans for the coming year:  There is only about six weeks left to the year and it is time to review this year's achievements and set next year's goals. This is as simple as ready, set, go. Yes, it is that simple although it is not easy. Let’s take it from the beginning and create our...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
Comments 8
Many wonder what the day in a life is like for a Dallas area Realtor®...okay, maybe not "many", but surely - some?     Seriously, though, a real estate professional's life is much the same as any busy business professional.  We all have to manage juggling multiple tasks to a successful fruition. ...