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 Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 38
 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 have found yourself in this situation.The message may not be welcome but the way the mes...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 7
If we continue to learn each day, no matter our age, we can continue to grow!  We will always be a work in progress.    You’re an Unfinished Work in Progress “Your are an unfinished work in progress. One of the good things about life’s challenges: you get to find out that you’re capable of being ...

By Wade Webb, Real Estate Coach - Agentsboost
(Royal Lepage Kelowna)
Comments 1
Think about how much time and money you spend on generating new buyer or seller leads for your business to sell to. Remember to calculate not just your direct ad spend, but also the cost of your own time and your staffs time. You likely spend 5-15 percent of your gross revenue and time on lead ge...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
Comments 6
Excellent advice for more effective communication skills:  Effective Communication with Sellers I want to take a moment to discuss the importance of learning how to instill calm communication and conflict resolution at a listing presentation, especially when it comes to talking about price and ha...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 12
The person who takes joy in their moments . . . . creates the foundation to enjoy their days . . . . and years of their lives.  Happiness is Found in Enjoying the Journey “For the person who enjoys the journey will find that they  achieve things in their life that are far beyond  their original d...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 5
  You’re an Unfinished Work in Progress “Your are an unfinished work in progress. One of the good things about life’s challenges: you get to find out that you’re capable of being far more than you ever thought possible.” Karen Salmansohn, Best Selling Self-Help Author   As I see it . . . . . . . ...

By Commercial Appraiser/Forensic Consul, A Full Service Commercial Appraiser and Consultant
(commercial appraiser la, 310.337.1973)
Comments 0
https://www.appraisalinstitute.org/file.aspx?DocumentId=2182 REMEMBER THE AI MAI, APPRAISAL INSTITUTE APPRAISERS WERE FIRST WARNED ABOUT TAX FRAUD IN OVERVALUATION OF CONSERVATION EASEMENTS.  THEY WERE THEN SUSPENDED FROM PRACTICING BEFORE THE IRS FOR THE SAME REASONS.  THEY THEN WERE FORCED TO H...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 16
Effective Communication with Sellers I want to take a moment to discuss the importance of learning how to instill calm communication and conflict resolution at a listing presentation, especially when it comes to talking about price and handling objections. Too many agents make the mistake of rus...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 6
Lou knew that we have to keep moving. Two things you from riding a bicycle...if you fall off, get back on, and to stay on and balanced, you have to keep moving.    Why is Life Like Riding a Bicycle? “Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein 1879 ...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 13
If you don't have or know a cat...you can't begin to appreciate their very independent nature. Dini (a/k/a Houdini Alpha Hanson),  has an independent nature...but is exceedingly social.  When you come to visit, he will greet you at the door. We suggest hiding anything like phone chargers...any c...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 3
Lou always encouraged us to focus on what we wanted and to follow our dreams. this is a good one for those getting ready for 2019.   Two Steps That Will Move You Closer to Your Dreams “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” Paul Valery 1871 - 1945, French Poet   As I see it . ...

By Commercial Appraiser/Forensic Consul, A Full Service Commercial Appraiser and Consultant
(commercial appraiser la, 310.337.1973)
Comments 2
AI, MAI, APPRAISAL INSTITUTE, ROBERT N SKINNER, MAI, FIGHT TO BLOCK TRANSPARANCY IN APPRAISAL CONTRACTS http://commercialappraiserla.typepad.com/blog/2018/09/ai-mai-appraisal-institute-robert-n-skinner-mai-fight-to-block-transparancy-in-appraisal-contracts.html  PLUS COMMENTS ON GARBAGE APPRAISAL...

By Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager
(American West Realty and Management)
Comments 7
Why I Don't Allow Smokers In My Rentals I manage 300 rentals and see a lot of applicants. Many of them want to know why we don't allow smoking.  As a former smoker myself, I understand. They don't smell it the way the rest of us do. It's like a blind man trying to understand my visual description...

By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois)
Comments 5
Have you ever been to one of those parties where as an Icebreaker you’re asked what you have on you, and the one who’s has the most items wins a prize? When I’m with my Spouse she usually wins because her purse is like a survival kit, she is ready for just about anything. My over 30 years in real...

By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
Comments 1
I received some great comments on a previous blog that included an excerpt from the new Billion Dollar Agent book, so I thought I'd include another taste. Here's another sample from the Farm Marketing section draft. Please reply and let me know what you think: Turnover Rate Almost all real estate...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 5
  Why is Life Like Riding a Bicycle? “Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955, German – Born Theoretical   Physicist, who developed the theory of relativity   As I see it . . . . . . .   Why is life like riding a bicycle?   The only ...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 106
Silence May be Golden When Showing Homes to Buyers I had a number of showings today and the smart home technology (Ring Video doorbell, Nest Thermostat, a couple of devices that appeared to be Alexa-type devices) was immediately noticeable in one home. It was another vivid reminder to comment to ...

By Commercial Appraiser/Forensic Consul, A Full Service Commercial Appraiser and Consultant
(commercial appraiser la, 310.337.1973)
Comments 1
http://www.essex-virginia.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_62876/File/EDA/Appraisal_RIC170172%20-%20June%20Parker%20Marina.pdf   COMMERCIAL APPRAISER, AI, MAI, APPRAISAL INSTITUTE, Michael G. Miller MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, CCIM, FRICS,  Tony Essa, MAI, MRICS TWO! TWO! TWO DOLTS IN ONE!Tony Essa, MAI, MRICS...

By Commercial Appraiser/Forensic Consul, A Full Service Commercial Appraiser and Consultant
(commercial appraiser la, 310.337.1973)
Comments 1
COMMERCIAL APPRAISER, MAI, AI, APPRAISAL INSTITUTE, BLAST NON-AFFILIATED APPRAISERS FOR THE INABILITY TO APPRAISE GREENJames L. Murrett, MAI, SRAPRESIDENTAppraised Value $5,000 under the lowest sale priced  code‐built house  What went  wrong? Copyright ©2018 Appraisal Institute and Sandra K. Adom...

By Commercial Appraiser/Forensic Consul, A Full Service Commercial Appraiser and Consultant
(commercial appraiser la, 310.337.1973)
Comments 1
COMMERCIAL  APPRAISER, WHO'S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD WOLF, AI, MAI, APPRAISAL INSTITUTE, OREA, BREA?  THEY ARE:APPRAISAL INSTITUTEJames L. Murrett, MAI, SRAPRESIDENTANDORES/BREADEAN R. GRAFILO, DirectorDean R. Grafilo was appointed director at the Department of Consumer Affairs in February 2017. W ...