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 Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Comments 4
Hello All,  This is a great Bolg by Bob Crane.  If you missed it first time around, do not miss out on it now. The Only Action Rule that Matters, Mel Robbins; The 5 Second Rule!    Ok so we are all busy, rushing here, rushing there, demands from this person and more demands from that one, so busy...

By Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com
(Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty)
Comments 35
This morning I wrote an article that took me about two hours.  I was feeling really good about it when I hit the 'publish' key and boom, the site went down!Whaaaaattt???!!!Okay, I took a deep breath, went to refill my coffee, took a brief stroll around my office and then asked myself - do I want ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 10
Four Years Later and I'm Still Making This Client HappyIn Virginia, our real estate board only requires us to hold onto transaction files for three years.  I learned several years ago that the statute of frauds is five years.  Since then, I hold onto my files for at least five years.While in the ...

By Tami Vroma, Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate
(West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate)
Comments 144
                                                Safety Steps for Women Realtors - Don't Make Yourself a Target!I have not been in the Rain for a while.  After being gone for a while I have to tell you,  what I really want to do is write about how my daughter just took the honors of top student we...

By Ann Nguyen, Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale
(eXp Realty)
Comments 0
Public Tour - Come Check Out Truckee Roundhouse MakerspaceIf you're interested in seeing and learning what the Truckee Roundhouse Makerspace does, then come and join us for a tour of the space! In the tour you will learn about the equipment that we have, the classes we teach, and the community th...

By Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate
(Respect Realty LLC)
Comments 47
One thing about me that my clients quickly figure out is that I have a sense of humor and most of them love it. YES, I have run into those clients that aren't sure what to think of my humor, but I understand that we may not be a match and I introduce them to someone who may be more their pace.But...

By Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate
(Respect Realty LLC)
Comments 9
 Ah, the luck of the Irish. A wonderful little statement, but I seem to have two problems with the statement and my own life. The 1st it seems that I am not Irish, and the 2nd is that I believe luck has nothing to do with it!You own your own business. That is what real estate is all about, right?...

By Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate
(Respect Realty LLC)
Comments 38
 I've taught classes on blogging, I've taught people how to post, where to find content to post, heck I've even help write one or two with them to make them feel more comfortable in posting their information online.But, the question is, can you really teach someone to be a great blogger? My perso...

By JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 84
  While I was in line at my local grocery store one day, I looked up and saw a gentleman I recognized at the front of the line. I couldn't quite place him, but I knew I had seen him before. He was somewhat unhappy with whatever was transpiring at the register and as a result he spoke very harshly...

By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
Comments 7
I belong to a networking group or two.  Most of us do, in business, I think. Marana Chamber of Commerce (GREAT, loyal group) My own personal Wine Whine group of mostly ladies that meet once a month. A "Best of the West" group a co-worker is forming. A few others I occasionally attend, but haven't...

By Theresa Hus, The Official Real Estate Agent Directory
(RealEstateAgent.com)
Comments 4
Besides a global low supply, there’s a reason why open houses for luxury homes are so difficult to stage: the luxury niche is very particular in its dealings. You have to walk a fine line between proposing avant-garde ideas and classy time-tested strategies. Not to mention the fact that it can ta...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 16
 When it’s time to move on to greener pastures, how do you conduct yourself with executing that process?  The way you leave an office should be done as professionally as when you arrived.  Real estate is a business with great turn over.  People come, and people go.  Some are always professional, ...

By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 85
How to Generate Leads If You Do NOT Have a DatabaseI was inspired to write this post by a question I read under Q&A section of ActiveRain. It’s a great question, one many agents have but won’t ask and if they do, they won’t get many answers from other agents. However, ActiveRain is different! We ...

By John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 90
So Your Best Friend Chose Another Realtor/Lender That bridge up there?  That's to help you get over it.       Recently, in a few online forums I've seen some outright nastiness as a reaction to an agent's friend/family member/coworker/former middle school classmate choosing a different agent to r...

By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 80
How Do You Start Real Estate Farming if You Do NOT Have Any Listings?Real Estate farming is probably one of the oldest methods to attract new buyers and sellers and make your phone ring. What is Real Estate Farming? This method without a doubt is one of the tried and proven ways to make your phon...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 20
 The real estate business is a profession that demands every participant to secure and maintain a constant flow of new information.  There are consistently new methods of marketing surfacing. There are new laws and procedures continually being introduced. Education in the real estate business mus...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities)
Comments 31
The Only Action Rule that Matters, Mel Robbins; The 5 Second Rule!  Ok so we are all busy, rushing here, rushing there, demands from this person and more demands from that one, so busy that many of the things we want to do never get done.How many great ideas did you have a year ago that never hap...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 22
  Many parts of Southeastern Wisconsin are  experiencing...yes....wait..THINVENTORY !   Sooo many anxious buyers.....and not soooo much with Sellers...sigh.    When you see a listing as a buyer..."sleeping on it" will probably mean losing it...Being decisive and aggressive ....and prepared with a...

By Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 53
 It's all about Balance and Staying Calm Years ago I was involved in an intensive leadership course that went on for weeks. One of my favorite experiences was the High Ropes Course.  It scared  the living bajeebers out of me! They roped us up and then one by one we had to lean over a cliff - kind...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 22
    The Selling agent continued…”I know it says in MLS that the response time is 48 hours but my Buyers have lost out on quite a few homes and they don’t want to lose this one.” Well...golly gee Mr. Selling Agent…the cash you just mentioned was not even a full price offer…and the 48 hours is in M...