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 Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 78
Silence May be Golden When Showing Homes to Buyers I had a number of showings today and the smart home technology (Ring Video doorbell, Nest Thermostat, a couple of devices that appeared to be Alexa-type devices) was immediately noticeable in one home. It was another vivid reminder to comment to ...

By John Henry, Residential Architect, Custom Home Design
(John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc.)
Comments 69
M Y    D E N O U E M E N TI am often at a loss for words and immobilized after reading several of the fine posts here every day.  Why?  Because the accumulated wisdom from everyone overwhelms me to the point of rigor mortis.  What follows is the first AR M.O.A.B. --The Mother Of All Blogs!!  The ...

By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
Comments 47
A lot of what we learn about working effectively with our own clients comes from watching people who sell products and services in other industries.  And lately I've had some great lessons while out looking for a new car.My lovely Lexus is really old now, and she's been an amazing car for the las...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley
(Compass)
Comments 8
Today I was aware, yet again, of how fortunate I am to have a wonderful support team for my business, both formal and informal.First there is Rachael, my Client Care Concierge who goes the extra mile to deliver the unexpected to our clients. They love her! Not only does she excel at that, she is ...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 9
Effective Communication with Sellers I want to take a moment to discuss the importance of learning how to instill calm communication and conflict resolution at a listing presentation, especially when it comes to talking about price and handling objections. Too many agents make the mistake of rus...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
Comments 6
I miss Lou Ludwig here in the Rain and from one year ago today, another one of Lou's great posts that should not be missed...Make Your Day Count! Make Your Day Count  “Don’t count the days. Make the days count.” Muhammad Ali 1942 – 2016, American Professional Boxer and Archivist       As I see it...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 3
With 2019 around the corner, it is time to look at your goals. Don't have any???? What are you waiting for?   Goals Give You a Purpose and Target to Aim for “The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend you life up and down the field and never scoring.” Bill Copeland, American Poet, A...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 17
.  A part of our practice of most people in Active Rain know...is devoted to  our niche in divorce.  Emotions can run high, tempers shorter than usual and common sense can sometimes give way to clouds of emotion. It is the end of a  life chapter that was not supposed to end,,,it was supposed to ...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 8
"Winning" is rarely about getting your way 100% of the time...it IS about learning that negotiating is the best pathway thru life...and a good one to follow on the road to success.  .  The easiest attitude to grab is "My way or the highway"...there is no gray...or shades of anything..,it's one wa...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 11
If you want top dollar, then your house must be at it's very best.    Ah, the first date. The time to clean up. Get your haircut, shave and put on your best fitting clothes. No one goes on a first date in their old sweatpants, hair a mess, looking like you just got done mowing the lawn. It is the...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 4
It won't be long before people give more serious thought to putting final touches on business plans...personal goals etc. for the new year....this guidepost given to us by Lou is certainly helping in achieving whatever we wish ! Believe You Will Achieve It  “There is a difference between wishing ...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities)
Comments 5
Making Videos and Slide-shows in Windows Explorer, a replacement for Windows Movie MakerI am surprised that it took me so long to notice this little feature in Windows 10, I am generally much quicker at picking up the attributes of a system or program.For several years my friends and I have been ...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 13
We should wake up each morning thinking that this is our second chance and we should not waste this opportunity.  M Y    D E N O U E M E N T I am often at a loss for words and immobilized after reading several of the fine posts here every day.  Why?  Because the accumulated wisdom from everyone o...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 28
Make Your Day Count “Don’t count the days.Make the days count.”Muhammad Ali 1942 – 2016, American ProfessionalBoxer and Archivist    As I see it . . . . . . .Make your day count Live your life one day at the time . . . . make your day count . . . . and you will make the most out of your day. Muha...

By Joseph Domino 480-390-6011, Real Estate Made Easy
(HomeSmart)
Comments 30
 Ah, the first date. The time to clean up. Get your haircut, shave and put on your best fitting clothes. No one goes on a first date in their old sweatpants, hair a mess, looking like you just got done mowing the lawn. It is a chance to be your very best. Now you want to sell your house and you w...

By Donald Urschalitz, P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County
(One World Realty Inc.)
Comments 4
The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) announced that it approved $400,000 to help Floridians with housing-related needs in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael's destruction in the Panhandle. The funds come from NAR's Realtors Relief Foundation (RRF), a charitable organization "dedicated to p...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
Comments 41
The Hound and his Bone A hound dog found a juicy bone, holding it tightly in his mouth so it did not get lost. He intensely growled, snarling at anyone who came near enough to pose a threat. Soon he ran into thick forest to bury his prize.  Carrying the bone over a small bridge, looking down into...

By Mimi Francis, Award Winning Top Realtor serving the Triangle
(A Better Way Homes Realty)
Comments 11
As a new agent, you’re feeling one of two ways.  If you joined an agency known for its training program, you’re overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information you’re striving to absorb in your first year of real estate.  If you opted for a smaller agency with little or no training program, you’re...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
Comments 18
The Hungry Fisherman & the Little Fish A hungry Fisherman, who lived on the fish he caught, had bad luck one day and netted nothing but a very small fry. He was about to put it in his basket when the little Fish said: "Please spare me, Mr. Fisherman! I am so small it is not worth while to carry m...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 9
  Goals Give You a Purpose and Target to Aim for “The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend you life up and down the field and never scoring.” Bill Copeland, American Poet, Author and Historian   As I see it . . . . . . .   Goals give you a purpose and you a target to aim for  goal...