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 Rob Spinosa, Vice President of Mortgage Lending, Marin County
(Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA)
Comments 12
Mortgage 911:  A Financial First Responder Takes You on Call  It must have been around 6:30pm when the call crackled in.  By the tone of the voice on the other end of the line  I could tell "the crash" had happened some time prior, but now panic and shock had officially set in and the victim/borr...

By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 8
SURRENDER... and Win! A client of mine came to me two years ago who was overwhelmed with where she was at in her business. She felt that she had hit her peak and would never again get back to where she had been years earlier. She had given up, was tired, and had lost her mojo. She even discussed...

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(LAER Realty Partners)
Comments 1
When you are an agent, you are just that!The credit for the sale goes to your broker!A reminder from Greg Nino in this re-post.Can I advertise my production after I leave my broker? Last year you sold 65 homes - all by yourself. Most of this was done while you played golf, chased skirts and slept...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 14
. Life does sometimes "get in the way"....there are accidents, family members become ill...a leg breaks, the flu strikes....for the other half of the transaction ....there is an agent, buyer or seller who does not know what curve might have been thrown to you.  What they DO know is that all thin...

By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
(eXp Realty)
Comments 1
WELL ALMOSTWe are talking about real estate agents who have some passion already, some enthusiasm already, some get up and go already.To be brutally honest if you are earning $20,000 and expect to go to $67,000 you are living in la la land.How ever let’s say you are earning $50,000 and would like...

By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 7
I LOVE WD-40Yesterday I had an open house at one of my condo listings at 7420 Westlake Terrace.  I have been there several times and never had a problem with the key.  No one else has had a problem with the key when showing the condo, but of course I couldn't get the door open yesterday.  There I...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 15
I hope you enjoy this post as much as I did.... read and understand the details shared here....they could make the difference between closing a listing or going home with nothing!!  In our lines of work we have to be psychologists to some degree.  Although I don't believe there is much preparatio...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
Comments 1
Beware of timelines and deadlines on the contract. When they expire without meeting them, a plan B may be neceassary. . Life does sometimes "get in the way"....there are accidents, family members become ill...a leg breaks, the flu strikes....for the other half of the transaction ....there is an a...

By PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent), Modern Tools for the Modern Agent
(PropertyMinder, Inc.)
Comments 4
  Staying connected to your homeowners (via Seller's Corner) pays off in 2018.How?Case in point: 7106 Clarendon Street, San Jose, CA 95129- Listing Price (2017): $712,500(via Redfin)- Listing Price (2018): $1,250,000 (via Oak Anchor Homes)- Property Value Increase: $537,500 in 1 year.In a nutshel...

By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 120
Last year you sold 65 homes - all by yourself. Most of this was done while you played golf, chased skirts and slept all day. You were a stud. A stud in your own mind anyways. Over the last 10 years you've sold over 1,000 homes with Get Down Realty. But all that's about to change. You've decided t...

By Gary Frimann, REALTOR and Broker
(Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates)
Comments 9
The CA Association of Realtors has released the following infographic of the top ten mistakes home sellers make during the courtse of a home sale and the transaction.  What I find most interesting is that some of these will appear every year, and some others will appear depending on the market.My...

By John Henry, Residential Architect, Custom Home Design
(John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc.)
Comments 20
In our lines of work we have to be psychologists to some degree.  Although I don't believe there is much preparation in that regard... by the licensing boards or schools! We can mechanically DO what we need to do but if your intuition isn't turned on, if you are not LISTENING to what is happening...

By Commercial Appraiser/Forensic Consul, A Full Service Commercial Appraiser and Consultant
(commercial appraiser la)
Comments 3
RACIST APPRAISER Cynthia Johansmeyer, cj APPRAISAL SERVICES MAI-APPRAISAL INSTITUTE? Cynthia Johansmeyer2nd degree connection2ndCJ Appraisal Services, Inc; Mueller Services - Desktop AppraiserTampa/St. Petersburg, Florida Area Cynthia JohansmeyerPlayed the “Yo Mama,” card in a Blog post on Linked...

By Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799)
Comments 29
Tammy Lankford’s challenge for reviews caught my attention because I tend to forget to ask for reviews and I know it’s important in today’s world. Heck I always check out reviews on products, companies, services and individuals. It’s just what consumers do and I’m no different.So many consumers u...

By Nadine Larder, Real Estate Marketing Expert/PrinterBees Founder
(www.PrinterBees.com)
Comments 18
Have you ever tried to reach a professional and realized that this is the third time you’ve left a voicemail – with no response?It happens, and unfortunately it happens in real estate. Yes, we’re busy, but that’s no excuse not to have proper professional voicemail.The good news is that if you use...

By Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799)
Comments 21
Tammy Lankford, is hosting an August Challenge to get some new reviews! This is just the kick in the pants I needed to ramp up my Yelp page with reviews. I went to town and added photos and re-wrote my write up. Then I made a list of sellers and buyers I’ve worked with this year and emailed them ...

By Real Bird, All-In-One Real Estate Marketing
(RealBird Inc.)
Comments 0
Two new RealBird webinars are coming up in August, 2018. These 1-hour long webinars are free to attend and both starts at 8 am Pacific time (11 am Eastern time). If you are interested, we suggest to register even if you can't attend, so that we can send you the recordings afterwards."Creative Onl...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 8
I've been a real estate agent a long time.  A looong time. And during that time I've attended a lot of inspections, and I learn something new at each and every inspection.The knowledge I've picked up from random inspectors has proved invaluable as I show properties to my clients.  It helps me kno...

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(LAER Realty Partners)
Comments 1
As a real estate agents, we have all the time in the world.How best we can use it is up to us!A re-post from Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn -Time Management for Real Estate Agents - the Favorit-est Tips! Last week we did a teleseminar show in the SWS Virtual Studio called "Time Management for Real Estat...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 5
We don't see Rich around here as much as we'd all like but I loved his post last month. It should be a must-read for anyone thinking about getting into the business, relatively new to it, or maybe having some doubts. Heck...just read it!!! After a recent successful closing, I was reminded of my B...