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 Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 20
5 Ways to Wow Your Out-of-Town Buyer Imagine you had the opportunity to live in another city, a place that you have visited a few times but have never actually lived in. You may have friends or family members that have given you rave reviews about the area but now you must begin the process of r...
Join Janie Coffey and us for an information-packed 3-hour marketing training course on June 29 about how to use expired listings to build your luxury real estate business.As an introduction, you can now sign up for only $97 for her popular training course (instead of the list price of $297).Dpn't...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 34
Customer Service Works Best When You Give People the Power to Do What’s RightLately, we’ve had the opportunity to experience the difference between customer service and exceptional customer service and the difference between the two is empowerment. Recently we had one of our cars painted. Florida...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 29
Are you and your team on the same page or are you not even on the same book?You assume that they know what the objectives are and you are taking a course of action, assuming the team is following, but when you turn around you find no one there. I hope you know what happens when you assume! The be...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 5
I just renewed my Real  Estate license for a few more years. Needless to say I decided to do a post about it. For those who are wondering, if they can  send Referrals to the Greater Los Angeles Area, the short answer is yes. I will continue to take care of my clients and all of your referral clie...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 5
This was one of Lou's constant themes...your life is in your hands. Where you will go is up to you.  If You Don’t Like the Conditions – Change Them “There are two primary choices in life, to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” Denis Waitley, Motivatio...

By Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida, Two Decades Of Experience Selling Luxury Homes...
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 8
Kiss, Bow, Or Shake HandsI highly recommend this book to anyone who is doing business with international clients.  This book offers negotiating strategies, tips for doing business with different cultures, and most important; a guide to international business protocol.  If you are working with int...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 6
In my region, we use attorneys on 99.5% of our transactions.  Okay, that's probably not fair... we really use attorneys on 100% of our transactions.  In fact, in my career, which spans decades, I have never once had a transaction that didn't involve an attorney.But I digress.When I have a contrac...

By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Comments 16
Investing in real estate is not for the weak. It is not as easy as some of the realty television show; however, if you are going to flip or wholesale if you learn the business you can be successful.Here are the attributes of a successful real estate investor:BeliefTime ManagementMarketingSalesRai...

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
Comments 18
A while back I decided it was time to review my database, to clean it up a bit.  Scouring the database, I could easily see names that needed to be edited as they’d moved out of state, gotten married, had babies, or gotten a divorce!  Databases are indeed gold mines and sometimes second home buyer...

By Jason Kardos, MtHelixLifestyles.com Real Estate Broker
(Mt Helix Lifestyles)
Comments 3
5 Ways to Wow Your Out-of-Town Buyer Imagine you had the opportunity to live in another city, a place that you have visited a few times but have never actually lived in. You may have friends or family members that have given you rave reviews about the area but now you must begin the process of r...

By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 12
This morning a friend of mine was explaining to me that his buddies girlfriend wanted to be able to "get around paying a pet deposit + get her pet turkey as an emotional support animal."  Mmmmm, TURKEY!  My first thought was that there are legitimate people and perhaps scenarios where disabled ve...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 10
   Email from  Selling agent....who has received the invoice, lien waiver and multi year warranty from reputable foundation specialist with decades of experience and mega references:  "When should I send the Home Inspector to inspect the foundation repair ?"  Hmmmmm a conventional loan...an appra...

By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
Comments 47
Why do we continue to do this? We post flyers and real estate ads with a great deal of information, but we often purposefully exclude price. Years ago we did it because we hoped our flyers and yard signs would make our phone ring. However, with the advent of Zillow, Trulia and other on-line websi...

By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 1
                     ABOVE ALL BE BRUTALLY HONEST AND RETURN TELEPHONE CALLS PROMPTLYBECAUSE MOST DON'T1 Speaking skills. If you don’t have them, what is missing is confidence, what will improve that in the least amount of time for the least amount of money is Toastmasters. Don’t believe me, don’...

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
Comments 2
 Best Practices for Negotiating Repairs When Purchasing a Home You’ve signed the contract and all terms are agreed upon in order to buy your new home.  The price is set, the close of escrow negotiated, and now you’ve just completed the home inspection and other related inspections.  The home insp...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 17
As we promised last week on our Throwback Thursday post, here is the next installment of our video course, which was inspired by webinars we had done both for Active Rain and Zillow on the subject of niches. Our entire course can be found on our website if you are curious to see it all at once.  ...

By Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance
(BEST AGENT BUSINESS)
Comments 0
 If you’ve received a large influx of leads or houses to show, we can help get you the help you need! We offer Agent Recruiting services, so you can focus on the tasks that are important, your sales. Watch our video goo.gl/5M8Sjc, and review more information here, https://goo.gl/wgS9wy. Call or t...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 7
What Lou said...that precious jewels can be replaced for a cost but our wonderful friends cannot. Treasure your friends.  Friends are Like a Precious Jewel “True friends are like jewels, precious and rare. False ones are like autumn leaves, found everywhere.” Source unknown   As I see it. . . . ....

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 7
There are many ways to find business without spending any money.  One method of prospecting without spending any money is called NETWORKING. There are many new agents entering the real estate business, and the first question asked is how do I find business without spending any money?  Talk can be...