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 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 Leif Price, Content Marketing Specialist
(Spot Color Marketing)
Comments 1
At some point, you may need to hire a consultant for your small business. As much as you know almost every aspect of your business, you will find that there are areas which call for different kinds of expertise. This is where a consultant comes in. A consultant will provide highly specialized ski...

By Xavier Castellano
(RE Analytics)
Comments 0
The real estate rental business is hot, especially in prime markets like Athens-Clarke County, Georgia and Killeen, Texas, where renters make up the majority. But if this is your first time buying investment property, you’d be wise to heed a few expert tips before closing the deal.Start with a si...

By John Henry, Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design
(John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc.)
Comments 14
I recently wrote about the effect on superior customer service by local restaurant staff.  As I plowed through some high profile projects in the last 30 days I saw the results of my efforts at doing everything possible to please my clients.Here are my thoughts on this subject.Ten things you can d...

By Morgan Taylor, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
Comments 3
In the real estate industry, communication is the main factor. With this, you can gain or lose not only your trust and reputation but even your company. There are so many real estate businesses but only a few of them know the art of communication.Everyone believes that professional employees shou...

By Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 11
If you need to clearly understand the necessity of branding in sales, these are the two members who know the details.... follow Ron and Alexandra to have a better understanding of the most important task a real estate agent could master.... learn how to brand properly.... On our travels through S...

By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
Comments 0
Safety in the workplace? It's essential. Here's why.Safety in the workplace is extremely important. Millions of people across the United States are currently living with either a workplace injury or the long-term consequences of one. Taking the right precautions to keep yourself and your employee...

By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 41
Real estate agents appear to fall into one of three camps when it comes to Zillow. They either see Zillow as a threat, they see Zillow as a great benefit, or they do not care one way or the other about Zillow. It seems to me though that the majority recognizes Zillow as an organization that conti...

By Craig Lebrau, Property Geek in Upper East Side NYC
(Lebrau Property)
Comments 2
Property investing seems to be the new trend and everyone is making money off of it, but before you dive right in, you might want to consider using a property management company. Acquiring the ideal rental property is difficult. Managing it and maintaining occupancy can be even more difficult. Fo...

By Anthony Atkins
(CixxFive Conceptes)
Comments 1
Stated by A Better Answer, real estate agents are often busy professionals that have to deal with multiple time-consuming tasks on the daily. A few of these daily tasks include listing properties, setting up showings and open houses, interacting with prospective buyers and sellers, negotiating de...

By Wade Webb, Real Estate Coach - Agentsboost
(Royal Lepage Kelowna)
Comments 2
Imagine if a deadly disease hit Earth with a devastation rate anywhere near the failure rate in real estate… People everywhere would live in complete, utter panic. EIGHTY-SEVEN percent. Think about that… 100 will start. 13 will survive! Sounds intriguing. Except it’s your livelihood at stake. Why...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 26
We recently discussed the listing agent's responsibility to "inspect" a property....the due diligence of identifying obvious property conditions. There IS more to taking a listing than signing paperwork, putting a sign in the yard and a description on MLS. See this post regarding the ethical sta...

By Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
Comments 10
The DNA of Real Estate Remember back to freshman biology and you learned the design and structure of DNA? Maybe you slept through this part of class but I bet you have a good idea that DNA is the amazing structure within our cells that dictates everything about a living organism. How it will look...

By Gary David Hall, Real Estate CRM Sales, Training and Implementation
Comments 0
Efficiency is the desired end result– but – with regards to Combining Activities in Activity Plans, I would advise that you think things through before starting There are different considerations to use when deciding whether or not to combine them. Keep in mind that Activity Plans should always b...

By Morgan Taylor, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
Comments 2
As you might know, the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, started this application because he was single and wanted to change his status with this app. So in the beginning, it was discovered for connecting with people. Nowadays, however, Facebook and other social media sites are mostly used fo...

By Mustafa Abbasi, Zolo Realty: Popular real estate marketplace
(Zolo Realty)
Comments 0
Starting at a new job is always nerve-racking, especially if it’s your first job ever. You enter into a big office where everyone is busy and rushing around, and you just stand there, confused as to what you can do, what you know how to do at all.But let me assure you that there’s no need to be s...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 18
Education is Life “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” John Dwey  As I see it . . . . . . .Education is life Education waits for no one . . . . Education needs to be embraced to maximize the opportunities that it offers. Education opens the doors of opportunities . ....

By Michael Mahoney, Boston Realtor
(eXp Realty)
Comments 0
In real estate, you need to work the PLAN. P is for Prospect L is for Lead Generate A is for Administrate N is for Negotiate If you are doing anything outside of these 4 things, then you are not doing what you are supposed to be doing. What are you working on now? Does it fit in the PLAN? Stay o...

By Morris Massre, Real Estate Instructor Broward County Florida
Comments 32
You real estate transaction should move like a duck, in water. If your real estate agent is as good as he or she says or advertises then as a seller or buyer there should be very little that you have to do during your closing transaction.  In other words, your agent is like a duck in that he is m...

By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities)
Comments 2
Step Out of the Box and Be an Innovator and Trendsetter  “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with  improving your other innovations.” Steve Jobs 1955 -2011, American Entrepreneur, Marketer, Inventor, Co-Founder and Chairman, CEO of Apple I...