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 Brivity Platform, Manage. Market. Communicate. Convert. Get leads
(Brivity)
Comments 165
As a realtor, listings are your bread and butter. Whether a listing presentation succeeds in convincing sellers to list, is about your ability to present yourself better than the competition. However, it typically starts with the ability to overcome seller objections (to listing the property, to ...

By John Henry, Residential Architect, Custom Home Design
(John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc.)
Comments 43
Amazing what just a little more effort on your part makes in either closing a deal or getting closer to one.  Or gives you a solid reputation for being special...There are many ways you can go the extra mile and good reasons to do that.1.  When your clients are on the edge of a decision and may b...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 17
Lou Nanquil, The Best Independent Transaction Coordinator on the West Side of Los Angeles, CA !!!!I have been a greater Los Angeles Realtor for 22+ years in the local market. When I started out, I did not have a Transaction Coordinator. Keep in mind we did not have as many Disclosures that requir...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Prado Real Estate South)
Comments 15
Place importance upon persevering when all may be lost. Had Henry Ford given up when he failed as a machinist's apprentice, then as an engineer who couldn't produce and then spending all of the first investor group's money without producing a car, he would not be a household name. By thinking out...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
Comments 7
If you follow Grant's advice, you will be well on your way to a very sustainable and successful business model:  There is one very important leading indicator for your real estate business.  Many of you did comment that on my last post that it is the most important.  I totally agree.  And don't j...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
Comments 11
It can often be a very challenging task to determine the value of a property when there aren't any comps:  Pricing in the Land of "No Comps" Agents already list confidence in pricing as one of the biggest challenges in their business. But throw a property in the mix with few or no current compara...

By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 19
Working with buyers on The North Shore of Long Island is rewarding for Real Estate Agents Lawence & Sheila Agranoff. Sometimes it's almost like putting pieces of a puzzle together and each transaction is different.We enjoy working with our buyer clients and strive to find them the perfect home or...

By Commercial Appraiser/Forensic Consul, A Full Service Commercial Appraiser and Consultant
(commercial appraiser la, 310.337.1973)
Comments 3
commercial appraiser,  What does “Misleading” Mean? MAI, ai, appraisal institute By tiny Tim Andersen, MAI"What does “misleading” mean when it comes to an appraisal? Let’s try to answer this most important question.  Misleading is not a USPAP-specific term. In other words, USPAP does not define m...

By JM Padron, CCIM, MRICS, CCIM, MRICS, Serving South Florida
(INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ASSOCIATES)
Comments 0
Dear Coleagues,I have created this group to exchange best practices cross border in commercial real estate and to marketing Industrial investments properties and to presenting Industrial lease options. I beleive we have to take advantages of the tax cuts down to 20%, excelnet incenmtive to establ...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 42
 Have you ever started a meeting or announcement with the phrase."Now please don't shoot the messenger?"  If you have found yourself in this situation  please read on.  If you are a broker owner I am sure you have found yourself in this situation.The message may not be welcome but the way the mes...

By Commercial Appraiser/Forensic Consul, A Full Service Commercial Appraiser and Consultant
(commercial appraiser la, 310.337.1973)
Comments 2
COMMERCIAL APPRAISER, MAI, AI, APPRAISAL INSTITUTE, BLAST NON-AFFILIATED APPRAISERS FOR THE INABILITY TO APPRAISE GREENJames L. Murrett, MAI, SRAPRESIDENTAppraised Value $5,000 under the lowest sale priced  code‐built house  What went  wrong? Copyright ©2018 Appraisal Institute and Sandra K. Adom...

By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 4
 Interestingly, sometimes Sellers leave behind things that they think the buyer might want, or is just too difficult to get rid of. For example, I have often seen paint cans left for the new buyers. In theory, this helps the new buyers identify what the colors are in the home if they need to repa...

By Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart!
(SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno)
Comments 8
When You Have to Shoot, Shoot. Don't Talk. This could also be titled... There's no time like the present.  It could also be titled Be Prepared. The best time to do something is now.     How many times in your life did you have an opportunity to do something, but maybe had reservations about how i...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 10
You should carefully consider the media used to communicate your message.    Have you ever started a meeting or announcement with the phrase."Now please don't shoot the messenger?"  If you have found yourself in this situation  please read on.  If you are a broker owner I am sure you have found y...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 26
Be the Master . . . . of Your Life“The eye of the master will do more workthan both his hands.”Benjamin Franklin 1706 – 1790, American Statesman, Founding Father, Author Political Theorist, Postmaster, Scientist, Inventor      As I see it. . . . . . . .Be the master . . . . of your life  Master y...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 13
  Education Will Set You Free “Only the Educated are free.” Epictetus 65 AD – 135 AD, Greek Sage and Stoic Philosopher   As I see it . . . . . . .   Education will set your free   Education allows you to spread your wing wings and reach for the stars.   When a person educates themselves . . . . a...

By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 30
   Long Island Sellers Ask ~ Which Room Is The Most Important To Keep Clean When Selling Our North Shore of Long Island House?   Lawrence and Sheila Agranoff on The North Shore Of Long Island have been asked this Frequently Asked Question by Seller's who are getting ready to place their house on ...

By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 14
What's The Difference Between List Price and Selling Price On The North Shore Of Long Island?Here's another Frequently Asked Question we are asked from Sellers on The North Shore Of Long Island...  What Is The Difference Between List Price And Selling Price?   When you decide to put your North Sh...

By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 15
What is a CMA and Why Do We Need One? Here is another homeowner Frequently Asked Question that we are often asked...  Question: What is a CMA and Why Do We Need One?Answer: CMA means Comparative Market Analysis. It is an evaluation of similar, recently sold homes prepared by a Realtor providing d...

By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 15
Can We Cancel Our Contract With Our Present Realtor On The North Shore Of Long Island? Here's another Frequently Asked Question that we are asked on The North Shore of Long Island... Can We Cancel The Contract We Have With Our Present Realtor?   "Our house has been listed with another Realtor for...