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 22
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 Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 16
Recently I had a home inspection on a property it was one of my listings . It was a vacant listing the sale did not go through . My seller who is very conscientious checks on this property weekly  . When she walked into the property she found the electrical panel box sitting on the floor . There ...

By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Bob Timm, Broker Associate, Alliance Real Estate
(Alliance Real Estate - Minot)
Comments 28
Over the years I've read a plethora of posts and comments advising never to touch the 3rd rail when posting a blog or even in visiting with potential clients. That 3rd rail could be a subject, a person, a thing, or a philosophy. Most recently in my reading it was a question asked what to do when ...

By Muhammad Azhar, I love writing articles related to real state.
(The Green Trend)
Comments 0
Choosing new location for your dental practice or opening a new clinic can be an overwhelming task. While most people would have you go for cheaper leases and offices with low per-square-foot costs, landing the best location for a new dental practice requires keen review of all aspects. Besides t...

By Kathryn Vatsula, Professional Loan Consultant
(Loan Depot)
Comments 3
The VA home loan is a fantastic home loan program for Veterans. Here are a few of the VA home loan Myths: Zero down = weak buyerVA home loans take longer to closeVA home loans are harder to get through UnderwritingSeller has to pay for VA feesVA appraisals are tougher  VA Facts Median Fico is 741...

By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
Comments 0
                Making sure you come to an organized work space every day is of paramount importance.  You need to physically organize your workspace today.  You must always strive to work smarter, never harder. OF the many challenges Highlands Ranch property management provides, the one that is ...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 20
What we have here is a failure to communicate.  That line from Cool Hand Luke sums up one of the big problem—our communication does not work. I recently met with the leaders of one of my Westchester County New York organizations to present results of an employee survey. The staff felt that there ...

By Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author
(people first...then business Ran Right Realty )
Comments 45
I manage a property in a medium size City in California and received a notice from my client (the owner) who received a notice from the City stating the following: The interior and the exterior of the above referenced property is scheduled to be inspected on May 20th 2018 between the hours of 8:0...

By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Comments 4
Lou always came up with some great wisdom and Hill was a great man to write about in my opinion. An Unbeatable Combination For Success  “Patience, persistence and perspiration makes an unbeatable combination for success.” Napoleon Hill 1883 – 1970, American Self-help Author, Motivational Speaker ...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 8
Consistent, personalized one-on-one communication is an art form that most time-starved real estate marketing professionals have neglected.  Are you staying in touch with your clients after the sale? Staying in touch does not mean boring them with articles about recent real estate related court c...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 31
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 63
How well do you market your Open Houses? Well this one in Bel Air, CA was extreemly well marketed...I have heard agents across the country grousing that Open Houses do not work. People do not show up and it is just a waste of time. I have often disagreed publicly that I am of the belief that it d...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 3
I wish I'd had Lou writing these when I was getting started. Some people are natural planners...they have a need to know where they're going, in fact, they make sure they know. That's not a bad trait!   There are Consequences in the Lack of Planning “Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat...

By PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent), Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
Comments 1
Hi Active Rainers,Here's another visual take on a popular blog post/infographic that was featured in the brilliant Carol Williams' Second Chance Saturdays. We underscore 8 marketing "essentials" or "basics" (tools, best practices, etc. compiled by my marketing partner, Andy Coffaro) that should s...

By Daniel Ramsey, MyOutDesk - Real Estate Virtual Professionals
Comments 50
“Consistent action creates consistent results.” -Christine Kane Prospecting is an easy thing to neglect, and by the time you remember you haven’t done it -- hello, empty pipeline! -- it’ll take quite a while to get yourself back to where you should be.That’s why the best reps make sure to set asi...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 14
 Along with writing blog posts, commenting is a very important task on this site.  Are you aware that comments are often indexed by Google? I’ll never forget the time I mentioned another agent’s name in the comment section of my blog post of one of my listings, and my blog post was indexed by Goo...

By Corinne Guest, Managing Broker, Barrington, a Luxury, Country Suburban Lifestyle.
(Barrington Realty Company)
Comments 4
Back in 2015 I got an internet buyer lead for a neighborhood called Wynstone. It's a gated golf community in North Barrington. The buyers were interested in a bank owned property in an exclusive small section of Wynstone called The Point. With golf course views across the waterfront location it's...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 66
 How do you improve your marketing skills?  Marketing is a learned skill. Some have it naturally; some don’t. ActiveRain provides every member with the opportunity “to learn it.” Commenting on posts written by ActiveRain members is an ideal way to learn how to market and promote yourself. A comme...

By Cristina Salcedo, Corona, Riverside Realtor
(REMAX Champions)
Comments 16

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 7
An Unbeatable Combination For Success “Patience, persistence and perspiration makes anunbeatable combination for success.”Napoleon Hill 1883 – 1970, American Self-help Author,Motivational Speaker     As I see it . . . . . . . .An unbeatable combination for success Have patiences in the things you...