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 Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 43
Recently, there have been an increasing number of lenders in our market who have "defaulted on their pre approvals." What does that mean ? WHO Does that ?  It means several things....First...the loan officer may NOT  have done a thorough application from the potential borrower.  This can be espec...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 7
The ink was dry on the accepted offer and in the next 48 hours the movers would be coming to pack up our Sellers belongings and take them to the other side of the country. We had "introduced" them to their out of state agent and she was working on finding them their next "happily ever after."   ...

By Cathy Sarmento
(Granite Real Estate "Cool Team")
Comments 32
Yep, after 28+ years another new first. (this was undeveloped land in Central CA near the gold discovery area)1.  Safety, treat every firearm, weapon or bomb as live, loaded and dangerous.2.  Do NOT pick it up.3.  Take photos of High Quality from a safe distance, inform the owners of the next ste...

By Cathy Harris, I will Protect, Educate and Negotiate for you!
(The K Company Realty)
Comments 3
Recently I was asked why would a potential home Seller want to work with me.  Most often these Sellers also want to purchase a replacement home.  They are nervous if they list their home to sell, it will sell quickly and they'll be without a roof over their head.  Another objection is that realto...

By Awais Ahmed, Financial Analysis Trainer
(Rel Real Estate)
Comments 0
Real estate is a technical field. It entails a number of challenges and obstacles that one need to overcome. This can be done by learning more and more about the field through different resources such as magazines and articles. You can even consult professionals within the field to get an overall...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 10
Yep, after 28+ years another new first. (this was undeveloped land in Central CA near the gold discovery area) 1.  Safety, treat every firearm, weapon or bomb as live, loaded and dangerous. 2.  Do NOT pick it up. 3.  Take photos of High Quality from a safe distance, inform the owners of the next...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 45
 Maintaining the reality of your public persona and your real-life persona could be a delicate balance. Hard to believe, but many agents do not get the concept of what you write about, what they post about is in the public domain. Just to give you an example, I Google Endre Barath and Endre Barat...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 10
We are all given unique personalities and talents. It is up to us to develop them and figure out how to use them to our advantage in business.    "Never underestimate your strength. Never overestimate your weakness." Recently I wrote a post about a round of golf I played at the Palm Valley Golf C...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 8
My aha moment came at an early age. My parents recalled a time when entertaining their friends. I was sitting listening to the conversation.  One of their friends referring to me said, “she is definitely French”, whereas another disagreed and said, “No, she is Russian”, and the third friend said,...

By Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876
(Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty)
Comments 200
How do you create a lead sheet, a contact form, a questionnaire, a call to action in your post?  Google Docs allows you to not only create private forms, spreadsheets, and presentations, now you can embed them into your Website or Blog.  You also have the choice to share those forms and docs with...

By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited®)
Comments 4
Your Million Dollar Year Day 19 GREEN Designation. Understanding how your house envelope is put together is a critical new piece of the knowledge puzzle that agents need to understand how to better assist buyers and sellers of  GREEN homes. This is not just about new construction, but retrofitti...

By Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 8
This is a post every real estate agent would be wise to read and follow as Sally has described.....  Recently, there have been an increasing number of lenders in our market who have "defaulted on their pre approvals." What does that mean ? WHO Does that ?  It means several things....First...the l...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 117
 Maximizing Your Resources to Maximize Your Life“The biggest tragedy in Americais not the great waste of natural resources –the biggest tragedy is the waste of human resources because the average person goes to his grave with his music still in him.”Oliver Wendell Homes 1809 – 1894, American Phys...

By Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com
(Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty)
Comments 6
Have you paused to consider the 'What?' behind your business? When I made the decision to join the gym, I walked in on day one wearing my new sneakers, new t-shirt, and absolutely no clue what to do next.   I quickly realized that I first had to clearly identify my 'what?'    Step One - The What?...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 7
The ability to create and maintain long-term, high-trust relationships is also the key to LONGEVITY in this profession.   Creating and cultivating high-trust, long-term friendships in business and in your personal life is the name of the game for luxury real estate marketing. The more you make, t...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
Comments 15
   The training new agents receive in many cases is that they hand the offer to their Office Manager and put the closing date of the transaction on their calendar...envision that commission check that comes with it and magically....everything falls in place.  The follow thru does not exist becaus...

By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(Century 21, The Real Estate Centre, 410-665-0200 Office)
Comments 2
Home Inspection: Confidential I am the listing agent and I tell the buyer's agent that I will see him at the home inspection.He asks: Why?I try to hide my "huh?!" reaction and state that as the listing agent I go to home inspections so that I can see first hand what the inspector is finding which...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 21
Standing out from the crowd of sameness is a concept we highly recommend to those who want to dominate their marketplace in the real estate industry. Whether you are a luxury real estate marketing professional, or focus on any other part of real estate, differentiation is key in your branding and...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 19
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By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited®)
Comments 2
Your Million Dollar Year Day 17 Gratitude gets more done. Flat tires happen on sunny days when you have no where to go too, as well as when you are late for a meeting.  Life is random, and for successful agents it just doesn't matter. It doesn't matter because they are prepared with a daily prac...