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 Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
Comments 44
Professionalism-Playing Well in the SandboxA couple of weeks ago I asked in a blog post for the talented members of ActiveRain to share with me the peeves they have with other agents that keep professionalism from being optimum. I am preparing a class for my Realtor® Association on Professionalis...

By Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Comments 35
Beware agents!How fraudsters are trying to get your log in information may make you slip up if you are not paying attention and are alert all the time. We all know about those different scams and such that are trying to take money out of our pockets. And many of us are becoming more aware of the ...

By Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 47
Dressing For Success with Surprise Ending  While still in college I was given an assignment by one of my business professors. He put a lot of emphasis on learning to 'Dress for Success' in the business world.  I remember a book with the same title and all the women dressed like men in suits! Neve...

By JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 30
  These days with the market being as hot as it is and with more and more people looking to cash in on it, the agent population has swelled quite a bit. Agents pushed out by the recession have returned for round two and brand new agents are graduating their post licensing class everyday ready to ...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 17
"I called three agents, and you're the first one who answered his phone". Said the voice at the other end of the call."I'd like you to show me this $600,000 property.  The listing agent offered to show it to me, but I want my own agent".I was suspicious.  It sounded too easy, but as the call cont...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 29
Skimming Active Rain Market Reports might not be a good idea if you are trying to write your own sensationalized article. My advice is, it is better to read the explanations and the interpretations, rather than just skim them, since they are written by Local Realtors, who know what their local ma...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 15
Don't All Real Estate Agents Drive Mini Vans?Walking to my car with a former neighbor from my childhood neighborhood on Saturday, after a visit that had nothing to do with real estate, they said, "Is that your car?  I thought all real estate agents drove mini vans so they could take everyone arou...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 12
. Whether it is ego involved or..."...it's the way I always did it...the way I was taught" kind of excuse...it may well not be the highest and best answer as to the "right way to practice real estate."    We find this to be more pervasive of late ...Yesterday we wrote about a lender who decided ...

By Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
(Fred Griffin Real Estate)
Comments 4
Many of us do this everyday. We drive home, click a button and park our vehicles in the garage.    With another push of the button, our garage door closes and we enter the house, thinking our homes, cars, and personal safety are protected.   We are wrong.   Last week, a Realtor friend had her ca...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 2
Don't just Connect... Power Connect! Real estate is an industry that has seen many ups and downs over the years. It has also seen monumental changes in the day-to-day operations and processes due to technology and the creation of online real estate search sites. Over the past two and half decade...

By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 8
This is good advice for everyone who has a garage. Many of us do this everyday. We drive home, click a button and park our vehicles in the garage.    With another push of the button, our garage door closes and we enter the house, thinking our homes, cars, and personal safety are protected.   We a...

By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
Comments 22
I admire Debbie Reynolds and if I were in Tennessee, I would certainly want to attend classes that she taught.  This class will be a good one for agents to take! Professionalism-Playing Well in the Sandbox A couple of weeks ago I asked in a blog post for the talented members of ActiveRain to shar...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
Comments 2
Ensuring sentient fruition...  Create trusting partnerships with affiliates. Choose those who reach out consistently in good communication to ensure successful end results rather than leaving you hanging. In return, everyone gains professional service with a sincere commitment. While walking thro...

By Jay McHugh, YOUR SendOutCard Mentor
(SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert)
Comments 3
Put Passion Into Your Business “Have a passion into your business . . . .  have a passion for what you do . . .  and your business will be positioned  to reach great heights.” Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultants, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author     As I see it . . . . . . . . ...

By Dave Hill PhD,ePro,SFR,CIAS,BPOR,CNE,CSC Chicago Area Real Estate Agent
(Midwest Premier Realty, Gurnee IL 224-321-0699)
Comments 0
Opening a retail outlet is an ambitious, competitive, and costly endeavor. The capital outlay includes branding, hiring employees, installing fixtures, purchasing stock, and finding that ideal space to showcase your business. With these expenses in mind, it’s easy to see why many retail entrepren...

By Dave Hill PhD,ePro,SFR,CIAS,BPOR,CNE,CSC Chicago Area Real Estate Agent
(Midwest Premier Realty, Gurnee IL 224-321-0699)
Comments 1
A loyalty program is a great way to interact meaningfully with your customers. But coupons, discounts, and special sales don’t engender loyalty. Successful loyalty programs engage with program members beyond mere purchase transactions and require continuous, intentional, strategic care. The compo...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
Comments 9
This is a really good idea for anyone with some listings:    The other day a REALTOR® friend and I were having a discussion, and she said her listing was found on Craigslist.  This was not the first time for this same property.  She only knew about it when someone was walking the property, and th...

By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 10
I LOVE WD-40Yesterday I had an open house at one of my condo listings at 7420 Westlake Terrace.  I have been there several times and never had a problem with the key.  No one else has had a problem with the key when showing the condo, but of course I couldn't get the door open yesterday.  There I...

By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Comments 26
Many of us do this everyday. We drive home, click a button and park our vehicles in the garage.  With another push of the button, our garage door closes and we enter the house, thinking our homes, cars, and personal safety are protected. We are wrong. Last week, a Realtor friend had her car stole...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809
(203kOnLine.com, covering the USA)
Comments 0
When is a Feasibility report warranted for the FHA 203k program?I hired a consultant out of state and for one of our lender clients. We provided a contractor's bid as the "wish list" with the entire project laid out and ordered a full consultation.The consultant become invisible, no communication...