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!

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By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
Comments 1
Many clients and professionals in your fields will come to you for advice at some point in time.  Giving advice is nuanced, and can be very persuasive to who you give it to.  There are many things to consider before giving out advice.  In Highlands Ranch property management, many first time inves...

By Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"
(U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.)
Comments 103
Remember that old adage:"No-one cares how much you know until they know how much you care"?                    WRONG! In real estate, prospects just don't care how  much  you say you care. You can tell them how much you care until you are blue in the face. All you will get is a blue face.  Take o...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 32
One of my favorite topics is new construction.  That was my niche for decades, and I need to admit, I miss it. I miss dealing with buyer agents and doing my job as a listing agent.  What exactly is the job of an agent who represents the builder?  If I had a dollar for every buyer’s agent who visi...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 22
  Avoiding the sea of sameness and having the fish jump into your bowl is what is discussed on this video.  Number One Marketing Challenge from The Language of Luxury on Vimeo.You need to understand your clients and craft your message, so that they see you as the answer to their prayers. Your mes...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
Comments 18
Catch and Release? No Way!  My husband and I love to go fishing at Panguitch Lake. It has been our favorite spot for many years. A weekend spent in a rustic cabin suits our needs and allows us to unwind and enjoy being present together. Packing a few meals early morning, we then set out to the wa...

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
Comments 11
People often do not speak up when a real estate agent speaks using acronyms or real estate slang; even if they do not understand the message the agent hoped to convey. Some just figure they should understand but they do not, which can make them feel inadequate. Like they're not let in on the secr...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 4
Just Because You Can Doesn't Mean You Should Most real estate brokers that I know got into the business because they love helping people. They are servant people at heart and really want to take great care of their clients. However, the challenge that many brokers face is that they often find th...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 44
We are ever watchful at Open Houses..we are the guardians of our Sellers' homes...their possessions and furnishings.  It goes without saying...or should that children need to stay with their parents at all times...that throwing toys in the air to see if they can hit the chandelier...turning on t...

By Zurple Marketing Team, Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents
Comments 1
We have participated in many forums throughout the past few years. And one question that seems to always pop up is "Where do I find FSBOs?" They are a pain to convert but can be a substantial source of income for real estate agents. Here are the most popular sources to find home sellers who could...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 6
If you meet someone whom you consider has good character, well like Rome, it wasn't built in a day. As Lou points out, what we experience, how we handle the bumps in the road, all go to build our character. So the next time you are presented with a challenge, consider it just another character bu...

By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
Comments 1
Gas prices are approaching the lowest levels they’ve been since 2005 and this summer you may want to get more mileage out the gas you put in your tank.  The best way to beat the dependence on gas is to get an electric car, but that isn’t feasible for everybody.  Until more options become availabl...

By Gustavo Torres / RE/MAX Rosarito Beach, Tijuana Coastal, Ensenada, BAJA, Remax Baja Realty, Baja California
(Remax Baja Realty)
Comments 1
INVEST YOUR MONEY WISELY, KNOW HOW YOU CAN GET MORE MONEY FOR THAT PROPERTY THAT YOU WANT TO BUY OR SELL.Buying a property is considered one of the best investments that someone can make because, unlike other acquisitions, real estate usually increase its value over time, which provides better pr...

By Doug Jones, Mortgage Broker - NMLS 286668
(Mortgage Magic)
Comments 11
Recently I wrote a blog title People will ask you "What is the Secret to your Success?"  In that blog I gave really easy path to fantastic sales success but my guess is that if 100 sales people read the blog then maybe one  one (1) - one- has analyzed what I wrote and has implemented the idea.So ...

By PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent), Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
Comments 10
 A few extra social media tips for your viewing pleasure:- The Truth About Social Media & The Real Estate Industry (Quick Statistics On Why You NEED To Use It).- More Likes. More Followers. Savvy Ways To Mix And Mingle On Social Media. (original post featuring infographic content)- 5 Social Media...

By Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida, Waterfront and Coastal Lifestyle Properties
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 3
When we count our blessings . . . you won’t have time to be negative. You will remove the clutter of negative thinking from your thoughts . . . . Expand the flow of positive thinking coming into your life . . . . and into your actions. Lou Ludwig Words of wisdom and inspiration.  When We Count Ou...

By Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert, Sitterle Homes
(Sitterle Homes)
Comments 14
I had a young couple look at home this morning, they stayed in the home for a long time. Their agent told me they were interested in the home but also were looking at another home. She wanted to know bottom line pricing. I asked her what dollar amount they were thinking, I also told her the home ...

By Eva B. Liland with Century 21 Doug Anderson, Glad to be of Service
(Century 21 Doug Anderson)
Comments 8
To me, as a Realtor, I always do my best returning phone calls right away. If I am with another client, I always ask for permission to send out a quick text message saying "I'm with a client, will call you later". That way, whoever tried to call me, knows I'm busy but also satisfied with the text...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 11
  Character is Built . . . . on a Chain of Events “Character isn’t inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action. If one lets fears or hate or anger take possession of the mind, they become self-forged chains.” Helen Douglas, House of Represen...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 66
Barbara Todaro, CEO of the National Association of Realtors, has a new proposal to add to the rules and regulations that will be accepted and followed by all real estate agents. The sole purpose of these changes is to “raise the bar.”  That bar is almost touching the ground, at this time, and our...

By Marnie Matarese, Showing you the best of Sarasota!
Comments 46
After making an appointment to show a property yesterday, the listing agent phoned me to let me know that security cameras were in use inside the home and would be taping our every move.  I let the buyers know prior to the showing and I have to admit that it was an interesting experience knowing ...