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 Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Jameson Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 8
After negotiating hard, really hard, my sellers decided to accept what they considered a low offer.  It was lower than they'd hoped, but they just wanted to be "done with it", and get it over with.  They had moved out of the home, and were now living out of state supporting two households while w...

By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 5
I try to keep a friendly tone at all times when dealing with other agents. I smile and say thank you for really stupid offers and just deal with that I have to deal with.  I have my list of pet peeves from agents who just simply do not understand tech to those who chicken scratch contracts instea...

By Richa Nayyar
(Coming service)
Comments 1
Real estate is a term used for land and all physical properties built on it. Houses along with basement, trees, fences, structures constructed away from the main house and drainage system are considered as a part of real estate.North Carolina is a popular southern destination for vacations and th...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 4
The Price is... Wrong? If your listing isn't selling and the days-on-market numbers are ticking upward, you need to look beyond your CMA to find out the cause. While most agents rely strongly on their CMA, it often doesn't give a big picture account of what is currently happening in the market. ...

By Realtyna Inc, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
(Realtyna)
Comments 0
Most people work with an agent to list their property on MLS. But if you are looking to list without an agent, you have a few options, such as using a flat-fee service or a website that accepts FSBO listings.The MLS was designed more than a century ago to help real estate professionals share info...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Jameson Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 5
Condo living.  You gotta love it."Hey!" says the owner of the condo on the 9th floor, overlooking the 1st floor outdoor patio 8 floors beneath him. "I don't like the way the decaying pumpkin looks on their private patio.  Can the board please ask them to remove the rotting pumpkin?"The owner of t...

By Kris Collis, Associate Broker, Professional Results you Expect 570-507-7510
(Smart Way America Realty)
Comments 0
From the NAR 2018 Member Profile: 29% in the business less than 2 years! "In 2018, there was a continued rise in new members of the National Association of REALTORS®, increasing from 1.22 million in March 2017 to 1.30 million in April 2018. This is apparent in the data; those who had less than t...

By Ralph Mark Maupin, Michigan Real Estate Investors Host
(National Real Estate Network, LLC)
Comments 0
National Real Estate Network founder Mark Maupin goes into extensive detail on how to outsource the workflow of any business as he uses real estate as an example, 

By Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 2
You Can Always Tell When An Offer is Not ComingThis post was prompted by Bill (still BLiz to me) Spear's Ask an Ambassador:  Ignoring the Bait post about not falling for the okey doke (aka bait).  It reminded me of some recent communications with an agent about one of my listings.  It appears tha...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 2
These days a Real Estate agent needs to wear many hats. Those that can expose home listings to the most eyeballs will ultimately get the most traction for their sellers. Take a look at my latest video explaining just that. 

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 6
Does Lead Generation Cost You Time, Money, or Both? Many of you know the story of my importing 10,000 teddy bears after I went on a trip to Seoul Korea with a flight attendant friend of mine. This was many years ago prior to me starting my real estate career and what I learned from this experien...

By Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text
(Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker)
Comments 52
From the NAR 2018 Member Profile:29% in the business less than 2 years!"In 2018, there was a continued rise in new members of the National Association of REALTORS®, increasing from 1.22 million in March 2017 to 1.30 million in April 2018. This is apparent in the data; those who had less than two ...

By C Tann-Starr
(Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.)
Comments 28
 Palm Bay Planet Fitness Planet Fitness.com 160 Malabar Rd. Palm Bay, FL 32907 Tel. 321-327-2970  Fax. 321-473-8938   Stress Management through Strength Training 101   Moving towards balance in one's personal and professional life is never easy, especially when you have multiple factors pulling ...

By Ed Kunkel, Let's love your new home together!
(RE/MAX Professionals )
Comments 4
 Oh how much fun it is to call a national company through their 800 number, and follow the myriad of voice automation nightmare to try to get to the customer service agent that specializes in your need.  Why do we punish ourselves doing this, when there are many benefits on many levels to do busi...

By Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text
(Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker)
Comments 28
I'm primarily a listing agent, which I prefer (although I enjoy my great CRE buyer and tenant clients as well!) When you take listings, as most real estate professionals know . . .  . . . you gotta be able to SELL or LEASE them too!  Just 'a sign on the highway' is not enough (although it's great...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Jameson Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 11
According to the "powers-that-be" the real estate market in greater Chicagoland (that's what we call Chicago and the collar counties, for those of you who ain't local)... is down 8% year over year.And Millenials, while they represent twice the number of Gen X'rs that are out there, less than half...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 42
 Are you afraid to let go and is this hurting your business growth? To be totally clear I am not talking about compliance and standards.  I am talking about telling how to do everything rather than telling them what needs to be done. Why do you want to be a control freak when there is a much easi...

By Realtyna Inc, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
(Realtyna)
Comments 0
If you decided to start a real estate blog or have one already, you are a step ahead in the game. Having a blog is a great idea to generate more leads and make your image more professional and knowledgeable.The next big step is making your content shareable and readable to gain some attention fro...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 9
Let's face it. We all have a friend or neighbor that is a Plumber, Doctor, Nurse, Attorney, or any of the other thousands of job holders that may have information the rest of us need. How often have you caught yourself calling a friend who is a Nurse and asking him/her about a fever or rash inste...

By Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...)
Comments 8
Atlanta Buckhead Midtown - Gratitude Works - Appreciate Back Office - 2In Atlanta Buckhead Midtown and the Westside, Gratitude Works! In Real Estate, we are privileged to have support personnel. With privilege comes responsibility. Our responsibility to them includes appreciation. Each time I go ...