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 Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Comments 9
Just SOLD! And my seller didn't text, email, or own a computer. I had a call from my perfect client.  She said I need to sell my home here at La Quinta Country Club and I want to price it to sell.  She was realistic with the price and she had serviced the A/C and heaters, checked the roof and rep...

By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Comments 11
Remember Lou Ludwig,  he always came up with great quotes and blogs!   The Miracle of Gratitude “The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see.” Dr. Robert Holder   As I see it . . . . . . .   The miracle of gratitude   A person can...

By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Comments 13
It wasn't listed, but the sign was still up. So I sold it!I live and work in La Quinta CA, in the Palm Springs area,  and specifically in the La Quinta Country Club neighborhood.   There was a neglected  home on the 4th tee in Montero Estates, of our club that had been vacant for over 20 years.  ...

By Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty)
Comments 0
Like Debe, I love learning. I admire her willingness to explore this prolem with a client and search for a solution that will not only help future clients make the right choice first, but also increase and improve her business.The only true harbinger of future success is past success with trusted...

By Don Alexander
(1st Prime Realty)
Comments 3
I have more LEADS than I can Handle.  It's Time to Bring on Agents to Help.  I'm looking forward in Boosting my Business with these Real Estate Leads.  My Goal is to List 15 Homes per Month with this New found LEAD Source.  I'm not going to Over Hype this, but Wow!!! I'm Impressed, and Ready to E...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities)
Comments 2
It may be a natural tendency to worry about what might happen or other things that are beyond our control, but as Lou and other have said, it is a waste of time and energy to spend time worrying about these things.   Cease Worrying About What’s Beyond Your Control “There is only one way to happin...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 17
Say WHAT ?  A Buyer was talking to a lawyer about other matters...in a different state with a "newly baptized lawyer."  They were talking about a Power of Attorney.  About 99% of our closings are done with us having the Power of Attorney at closing for our Sellers. It's easier...we of course chan...

By James Lowenstern, Castles Unlimited. Newton MA Real Estate
(Castles Unlimited®)
Comments 1
For many home buyers, getting you interest rate down is just as important as getting the right price on your new home. The good news, at least for the time being is that the federal trade commission has lowered mortgage interest rates substantially. However, depending on you circumstances, you ma...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 13
  The Miracle of Gratitude “The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see.” Dr. Robert Holder   As I see it . . . . . . .   The miracle of gratitude   A person can live in a constant state of want . . . . and never feel fulfilled.  ...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 30
The picture above is one of the display windows in a wine and liquor store called Lavinia.  We were drawn into the store by the window.  There was something ethereal about its look, and we wanted to know more. It turns out that Perrier Jouet has crafted  its first Blanc de Blancs Champagne.   Bla...

By Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Comments 4
Nearly daily, I seem to be having a conversation with people about the horrors of their home buying experience.  I think back on ours too (which happened long before my career started in real estate) and can only think of one word:  YIKES! I can't believe the risks we took and the "professionals"...

By Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!
(RE/MAX Northwest.)
Comments 18
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, RE/MAX Northwest, Harstine Island, Washington's preferred real estate Agent and BrokerSet a goal that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning!    ~ the great and famous unknown    Discover Hartstene Pointe click here  To find out how much your Harstine Island...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 12
Brands should have a distinct personality regardless what branch of real estate marketing they represent.  In some cases, depending on the individual or company, a touch of whimsycan make that brand memorable and more attractive to its target market.  Whimsy is defined as "playfully quaint or fan...

By Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty)
Comments 2
I love this story! In my opinion, this is where real estate magic lives.When an agent sees an opportunity and then makes sure the clients do too.An agent who knows that unique market can much more readily sell that specific house to the right buyers-the ones whose values, needs and budget match t...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 17
   It is a wonderfully busy weekend ...on the business side getting a listing ready to launch in the coming week, a new buyer consultation and writing an offer in a fiercely competitive market on an adorable house. Social appearances/attendance is required at five different places. Looks like Ale...

By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Keller Williams Sandpoint rain@lakeandhomes.com)
Comments 3
 Photo courtesy of secretariat.comI took some time and watched the movie Secretariat last night. While most people of course focus on the amazing victory of the final horse race I was struck by one simple short scene.There was a quick mention that for years the Lucien Lauring the horse trainer ha...

By Robert Rauf
(HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ))
Comments 0
  By now you probably have heard that Ditech Financial Filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection.  While this is not a blog about Ditech it is an example of things to look out for in your day to day Real Estate transactions. If you have a listing that has a Ditech mortgage- Make sure the settlem...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 41
If you have been practicing real estate for a while...likely you have seen the evolution of the Clean Offer.  In the "olden days"....which in any market anywhere pre-dates Thinventory....times vary with the market. In the olden days....a "Clean Offer"was...an offer with inspection and in southea...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 32
This morning we drove to Hollywood for breakfast to meet with one of our associates.  He was in town and staying with a friend nearby.   This was an opportunity to meet face to face with someone we had spoken to many times. And since we believe that face to face time is the most productive way to...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 28
Pictured above is a field of mustard we drove by while touring the Côte D'Or in Burgundy in the little village of Querigny-Poisot.  Once harvested the crop travels to  Dijon, the mustard capital of France.   In talking to our British friend we learned that the expression of cutting the mustard or...