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 Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
Comments 9
 With most transactions, there is usually something I love about it...because I love doing this job! Every so often, I'll have a situation where I voluntarily take on some extra work that I know will benefit the client. Usually it's the seller.  If my sellers are in a difficult emotional situatio...

By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 20
This is post  3f or the active rain challenge this month about transactions that we loved.I received a call from a woman many years ago. She had three kids and lived in a nice single house with her husband.  Unfortunately they decided to separate and the girls would be living with her. She wanted...

By Michel Lautensack, Del Val Realty & Property Management
(Del Val Realty & Property Management )
Comments 0
Every landlord or legal entity that owns and rents a residential housing unit in Philadelphia must obtain a rental license (formerly known as a housing inspection license). The rental license itself is just one piece of the compliance puzzle. There are prerequisites to being able to get the renta...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 6
Sometimes I think about things a bit too much. Like, why would I take my car to the shop and explain to them how to fix it? I am sure my Doctor would be amused if I walked in, told him my diagnosis, and asked for the pills I believe would fix the issue. Or better yet, doing an operation on myself...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 3
Communication Leadership: Do You Have What It Takes? Real estate professionals communicate most moments of their working day. They are problem solvers, negotiators, cheerleaders and counselors. They make a living communicating and listening. The more refined your communication becomes and the mo...

By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Bill Cherry, Realtor)
Comments 13
  Here are some facts about the California State Bar that are interesting*: 1. There are more lawyers in California than any state other than New York. 2.California has the second hardest licensing exam in the US, and it has had for many years. 3. Only 35% of those who graduated from California l...

By Michel Lautensack, Del Val Realty & Property Management
(Del Val Realty & Property Management )
Comments 3
I want to introduce several resources where a real estate investor or property owner can determine what rent you can charge for your investment property.   The three most popular websites available for this purpose are Zillow.com, Rentometer.com, and Craig’s List. Zillow is the most popular and r...

By Michel Lautensack, Del Val Realty & Property Management
(Del Val Realty & Property Management )
Comments 3
Del Val Realty & Property Management (“Del Val”) took over the property management duties for a group of 47 rental units in Philadelphia and New Jersey in 4 separate buildings as of August 2015.  At the time Del Val took over, the buildings were being managed by a single real estate agent with li...

By Michel Lautensack, Del Val Realty & Property Management
(Del Val Realty & Property Management )
Comments 0
It is very important that rental property owners understand the activity in their account each month. This is, after all, their money and they should feel confident that their property management company is portraying to them an accurate and easily read accounting of where their money is coming f...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 18
    We got an email from a name we didn't recognize ...not unusual with the amount of email we all get these days. This was from an agent on the other side of the country. Her Sister had been taken much too young and they needed to sell her house with no family that lived in the area. The closest...

By Chad Hyams
(Ember Seminars and Keller Williams Southeast Region)
Comments 16
Here we go again! Year after year Keller Williams Family Reunion shows up right around Valentines Day and some how it gets sweeter and sweeter year after year! With 70 hours of amazing learning, networking and hands on training ahead, the limited time of the event deserves a plan of attack. Keep ...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 15
I was talking with someone in ActiveRain about our February"give back"challenge. I said that we did not expect a huge turnout for this challenge....points should not be the motivation. If you missed that post and your invitation to give back...click here...you have the whole month of February to...

By Joyce Marsh, Luxury Market Specialist, Million Dollar Guild, CLHMS, CNE, SRES
(JOYCE MARSH REAL ESTATE COMPANY )
Comments 50
Don't be afraid to congratulate your competition.I always try to congratulate my fellow Real Estate professionals when I read articles about them, or if they made a phenomenal sale or even when they get a really great listing.  We all like to be congratulated and like to be recognized for our acc...

By OKUPIED Inc., Manage Properties
(Okupied Inc.)
Comments 0
Do you need to concentrate and tally your expenses and profits so that no mistakes happen? is it not cumbersome to manage everything in a notepad and keep all the expense receipts safely in safe place? OKUPIED can do it all for you... Give it a try! https://is.gd/beNkTi #rental #propertymanagemen...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 28
     Once upon a time...we were asked to list a house that had been home to a family with a dozen children.   All of them had now grown up...Mom and Dad and the youngest child who had some challenges were the only ones rambling around in this large house.      The acre of yard had seen picnics, s...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 22
. A number of times recently, we have heard about Realtors who were having a conference call with divorcing/divorced clients to discuss on offer or some aspect in a transaction. Agents take listings...and we realize to many agents....working with a divorcing couple does not sound like it require...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 14
Love is in the air...the florists, candy stores and bakeries are especially busy with sweet and fragrant treat choices offered to their customers. You can use is it as an opportunity to text Valentine wishes to your sphere..your present and potential clients...let them know you are sending "swee...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
Comments 9
A high rise in humility.   Knowing when to remain quiet is a necessary art in business settings. Most clients wish to be heard above all else in order to accomplish their real estate goals. Agents understand that submitting an offer on a home sooner than later may clinch the deal or another buyer...

By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Comments 24
Many years ago, I got a call from an elderly customer. She had heard about me through the work I do at Surrey Services for Seniors. She lived on her own in a second floor condo, could I stop by and let her know what she needed to do to get her home sold.When I arrived, I had expected to meet an e...

By Daniel Ramsey, MyOutDesk - Real Estate Virtual Professionals
(MyOutDesk)
Comments 0
If you have decided to hire a Real Estate Virtual Assistant and have not done so before or have not been successful in the past then you should keep reading this.There are so many virtual assistant firms out there offering different or even similar services. How can you determine which one to go ...