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 Carol Culkin, ReeceNichols, Overland Park Residential Real Estate
(ReeceNichols Real Estate)
Comments 23
Most homeowners don't realize that when they interview a real estate agent to list their house for sale, the agent is also interviewing them too.  As Realtors, we don't always take every listing that comes our way.  Well, okay ...maybe some of the most desperate of agents do.  Not me.  The truth ...

By Carol Culkin, ReeceNichols, Overland Park Residential Real Estate
(ReeceNichols Real Estate)
Comments 4
The typical listing appointment discussion::  So what do you think a buyer would be willing to pay for your home?  I ask this question.  I listen.  I take a deep breath and then I give MY pricing opinion/strategy.  I watch their jaws drop to the floor.  Once again, the sellers are confused about ...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 15
We had another AR Zoom meeting today and I was interested in the topic.  Jeffrey Richman talked about hiring virtual assistants. I have thought about this from time to time and I found Jeffrey's in depth discussion very useful.  He took us through the site he uses Onlinejobs.  This is a job site ...

By Roy Giordano - Top Real Estate Expert, Top Agent Marlboro NJ, Marlboro/Manalapan Homes
(RE/MAX Central, Marlboro, Manalapan, Freehold, Old Bridge NJ)
Comments 4
Why do Open Houses? Read on.Some agents do not like to do open houses, many feel it's a waste of time or they are just going to appease the sellers. I find this to be especially true with Agents that have been in the business for a long time.I've been in the Real Estate business for over 20 years...

By Shannon Miller-Lutz
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
Comments 12
    A Buyer’s Christmas Story   This past weekend (yes, the weekend before Christmas) I had a buyer in a multiple offer situation. There were 3 other offers that came in on the house she loves – after being on the market over 2 months! Who says this time of year is slow???   Anyhoo…   I really wa...

By Dan Papadapoulis, Home equity loans, second mortgages Toronto
(Mortgage Central Nationwide)
Comments 1
Remember Sherron Watkins? You might not. It’s been almost two decades since Watkins was the vice-president of corporate development at the disgraced Enron energy company, but today is most often referred to as its whistleblower. A certified public accountant with a master’s degree in professional...

By Beth and Richard Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940
(Long Island Cash Home Buyer)
Comments 4
 Business Tip ... An important realization for YOU right now. Our dreams and goals won't just land in our laps. Think about this, "Who do you know who did nothing at all and had their dreams come true"? You hear about success stories from agents who do 30, 40, or 100 plus deals a year/ these stor...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Red Rock Real Estate)
Comments 8
 Par écrit s'il vous plaît.    In French, the phrase, par écrit s'il vous plaît means 'in writing please' and is clearly a requirement in any industry that involves: financial matters exchange of goods trust between parties  After finding a home buyer clients wished to purchase, I submitted an of...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 25
Being at the top of your game in the realm of marketing luxury products or services requires being consistently remarkable, especially with your presentation materials.  To stand out everything you present must communicate your core identity, be congruency and fully engage your your target market...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Red Rock Real Estate)
Comments 12
Nerdin Gardens: A Midnight Snack!  Once the the tomato vines begin sprouting vertical growth, branching out, producing blooms that will become pollinated by winged creatures, it's all up from there. We introduced a new variety into our raised garden beds. Called the Midnight Snack variety, these ...

By Dan Papadapoulis, Home equity loans, second mortgages Toronto
(Mortgage Central Nationwide)
Comments 0
In a recent case investigated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the senior executives of a publicly traded company were charged with fraud related to the financial statements of the company. The RCMP stated that the accused created an elaborate scheme of paper trails that exaggerated t...

By Victoria Carter Guaranteed Services, TwoMoveYou
(TwoMoveYou)
Comments 0
It is really heartwarming to get a positive feedback from our clients regarding our performance. We make this as our motivation to make our services more client oriented reaching for excellence. Thank you from the TwoMoveYou Team.

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 8
Take time to recharge your mind and learn something new. Lily, Oriental Magic Star, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA IMG 8688 If you are going to respond pro-actively to the ever-changing world we live in, it is important that you sharpen your strategic thinking.   This will help ...

By Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert
(Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827)
Comments 2
Lots of CRM's overpromise and underdeliver. The problem is it takes many months and tens of thousands of dollars to find out if you made a good selection.Here is my brief guide to selecting a CRM. Make a list of the features you require. Prioritize by importance. Ask your successful Realtor frien...

By Rich Gaasenbeek, Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!
(IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM)
Comments 47
You know that the loyalty of your clients can be the factor that determines what kind of year you have in real estate sales. But do you know how much of a difference loyal real estate clients make to your business? Consider this; a 5% increase in your customer retention can increase your profitab...

By Rich Gaasenbeek, Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!
(IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM)
Comments 12
Recently, Buffini & Company brought some key stats to our attention that we’d like to share with you. All of this information underscores how vital it is to stay in touch with your database and build relationships with those in your real estate sphere of influence (SOI) over time. 1. 82% of all r...

By Joeann Fossland, Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents
(Advantage Solutions Group)
Comments 5
    "Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions.  Small  people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."–Mark Twain   Charismatic, powerful people have a way with words. Perfecting your communication skills can attract and increase your business....

By Joeann Fossland, Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents
(Advantage Solutions Group)
Comments 10
  Bottom Line about Business PlanningI have lived most of my life believing that a business plan will help make it more likely to achieve what you really want. I have even perpetuated the statistics of achievement, citing that people with a business plan achieve more! I have watched people strugg...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 34
If you are going to respond pro-actively to the ever-changing world we live in, it is important that you sharpen your strategic thinking.   This will help you to out-think your competition.  Strategic thinking is defined as a mental or thinking process applied by an individual in the context of a...

By Jim Lord
(DeLex Realty)
Comments 1
Anyone who knows me, will tell you that I suffer from ADHD. I am like the dogs in the movie UP, I see a squirrel and I am off and running. It is easy to throw me off with the mention of almost anything, boom, I am off in that direction while what I need to do is left undone. I flip homes for a li...