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!

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By Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!
(RE/MAX Northwest.)
Comments 18
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, RE/MAX Northwest, Harstine Island, Washington's preferred real estate Agent and BrokerSet a goal that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning!    ~ the great and famous unknown    Discover Hartstene Pointe click here  To find out how much your Harstine Island...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 12
Brands should have a distinct personality regardless what branch of real estate marketing they represent.  In some cases, depending on the individual or company, a touch of whimsycan make that brand memorable and more attractive to its target market.  Whimsy is defined as "playfully quaint or fan...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 47
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 . . . . . . . .Put pass...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 17
   It is a wonderfully busy weekend ...on the business side getting a listing ready to launch in the coming week, a new buyer consultation and writing an offer in a fiercely competitive market on an adorable house. Social appearances/attendance is required at five different places. Looks like Ale...

By Robert Rauf
(HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ))
Comments 0
  By now you probably have heard that Ditech Financial Filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection.  While this is not a blog about Ditech it is an example of things to look out for in your day to day Real Estate transactions. If you have a listing that has a Ditech mortgage- Make sure the settlem...

By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Keller Williams Sandpoint rain@lakeandhomes.com)
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 Photo courtesy of secretariat.comI took some time and watched the movie Secretariat last night. While most people of course focus on the amazing victory of the final horse race I was struck by one simple short scene.There was a quick mention that for years the Lucien Lauring the horse trainer ha...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 41
If you have been practicing real estate for a while...likely you have seen the evolution of the Clean Offer.  In the "olden days"....which in any market anywhere pre-dates Thinventory....times vary with the market. In the olden days....a "Clean Offer"was...an offer with inspection and in southea...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 32
This morning we drove to Hollywood for breakfast to meet with one of our associates.  He was in town and staying with a friend nearby.   This was an opportunity to meet face to face with someone we had spoken to many times. And since we believe that face to face time is the most productive way to...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 28
Pictured above is a field of mustard we drove by while touring the Côte D'Or in Burgundy in the little village of Querigny-Poisot.  Once harvested the crop travels to  Dijon, the mustard capital of France.   In talking to our British friend we learned that the expression of cutting the mustard or...

By Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 3
It's Risky Business to waive important contingencies.....  If you have been practicing real estate for a while...likely you have seen the evolution of the Clean Offer.  In the "olden days"....which in any market anywhere pre-dates Thinventory....times vary with the market. In the olden days....a ...

By Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com
(Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC)
Comments 0
Today market requires offer which yesterday would not even be thought of. We are seeing larger deposits and stronger financing terms. Coming back is 20% down or more to convince the seller they are strong and will complete the sale.  If you have been practicing real estate for a while...likely yo...

By Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 52
 Advice for New Agents Open House Protocol Last weekend my husband and I viewed some golf course homes. We both love golf and  are considering buying a golf property. All went well viewing the homes we were interested in. We saw some open house signs and decided to check out a few more homes for ...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 19
Four days ago I was in Coachella, for those who are not familiar it is past Palm Springs. No I did not go to the Music Festival, intead it was a Land Listing Appointment... yes a large parcel of Industrial Land....Yes if you want to see what the car looks like after being off the road, even after...

By Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services
(Home Jane Realty)
Comments 4
Los Angeles real estate is its own alternative universe when it comes home prices, amongst other things, and hard as most of us try we cannot seem to reign in the renegades.When we buy anything these days we shop around comparing prices and looking for deals. No one wants to overpay. Why should w...
Loft beds are slowly acquiring popularity among people throughout the world. It is considered to be the most effective alternative for any individual who shares their space with their brother or sisters. They normally include 2 beds, but, there are some loft space beds that come with simply one b...

By Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.
(MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC)
Comments 16
So, nothing spurs a little blog activity like nuisance behavior.  There have always been agents wanting to "float" a verbal.  So much easier, right?  Nope.   Here's what happens when a buyer insists that their agent submit a verbal offer.  As the listing agent, I'm going to present the offer to t...

By Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.
(MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC)
Comments 9
All of a sudden I've realized that I've been in real estate for a good while and I don't actually remember being a really green agent for very long.  I'm sure I made mistakes and was awkward for a while with searching, qualifying, etc but I really hope I was never rude to another agent! Brand new...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 17
As is "usual and customary" in our practice...we give Buyers a selection of Lenders that we trust and offer the programs that we know the Buyer can use...the choice of the Lender is of course up to the Buyer(s).    Our Buyers interviewed a couple of lenders on our list and chose one and proceeded...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 8
Everyone deserves courtesy and respect. Diplomacy gains more than hostility. It is always the best way to begin a dialogue.   I don’t know about you, but I have seen two different people convey the same message with drastically different results. Many times, it involves conveying a company policy...

By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
(HomeSmart)
Comments 3
COMMIITMENT   This is the most important because if you are not dedicated to a cause or activity, you won’t ever be able to create a strong belief or passion of seeing it come to fruition.These three works together. You will also need the belief and passion in order to have the determination to m...