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 Jay McHugh, YOUR SendOutCard Mentor
(SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert)
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  Welcome to this edition of The Monday Morning Memo.....I hope you had a fabulous weekend filled with fun and relaxation.  Life is never easy and it is always a balancing act of needs and wants.  The best part is that it is never too late to do something about something.  Are there really goals ...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 6
Having been a Realtor for over twenty-four plus years, I have learned early in my Real Estate career, that the most important challenge any Realtor faces is ‘Time Management and Proper Prioritization of their Tasks’. This business can be chaotic, especially if one does not know how to master the ...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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Empowerment“Leaders will be those who empower others. Empowering leadership means bringing out the energy and capabilities people have and getting them to work together in a way they wouldn’t do otherwise.”Bill Gates, American Business Magnate, Investor, Author,Philanthropist and Co-Founder of Mi...

By Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA
(Safe Haven Realty)
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Can We Use a Burned House As a Comp?Unless you're living under a rock, you have probably seen images of the firestorms in Northern California. Entire neighborhoods have been wiped out, along with retail businesses, hotels, restaurants, wineries and schools.All of this started late Sunday evening,...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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One Day at the Time “The Future comes one day at a time.”Dean Acheson 1917 – 1971, American Stateman and Lawyer, United States Sectary of State   As I see it . . . . . . .One day at the time The future comes at you one day at . . . . be prepared . . . . or be left behind. Your future needs a posi...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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Barbara Todaro "Rather than directing new agents to use their Sphere of Influence to secure listings, train them to market properly. Properly marketing for listings would be a worthwhile effort from any trainer/mentor toward adding to the success of a newly licensed agent."Right on target - and -...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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What You Imagine You Can Do “When you can imagine it . . . .  you can see it . . . . When you can see it . . . . you can do it.”Lou Ludwig Sales and Management Consultant,Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author  As I see it . . . . . . .What you imagine you can do All success starts in your th...

By Jim Paulson, Owner,Broker
(Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info)
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This morning, I got another lead from one of my websites.  I know that one of the keys to converting online leads is to reply quicker and better than our competitors.  Here is the lead:                        Congratulations! A new visitor has saved a listing they found on your site to their favo...

By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
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 Don’t Give Up on the One Yard line “Most people give up just when they’re about to achievesuccess. They quit on the one yard line. They give upat the last minute of the game one foot awinning touchdown.”Ross Perot American Businessman and FormerPolitician   As I see it . . . . . . .Don’t give up...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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All of Lou's posts inspire and motivate. This one does as well, and because it reminds me of football, it speaks clearly to me.  Too often I see a player, football in hand, heading to the goal line only to lose focus and fumble the ball just before crossing that line.  Head over to Lou's post to ...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
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 Consumers do not buy real estate.  They buy you!Regardless of what we sell we are all really in a service business. People do not buy what we sell. They buy us. If they truly buy us they are a loyal customer. Nothing is more important to a business than a loyal customer. You can be making a lot ...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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One of the main responsibilities of a real estate agent is to become well-versed with what we do for a living.  There are different degrees of knowledge absorbed and retained in order to properly execute. Whose obligation is it to master what we need to know to progress to the next level with our...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 27
Do you feel that change is happening so fast in real estate.  You are not the only one.  Change is happening quickly and is accelerating with the advances in technology.  Fear of change is an emotion that can become paralyzing.   But change is inevitable and all businesses must expect it. You hav...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 44
I just read a statement in the Q&A section of ActiveRain that quoted Inman News as saying “more than 80% of listings are either referral or sphere of influence.” The next question that was asked was “Should we not direct the newer agents to Work by Referrals?” I thought I’d share my thoughts on t...

By Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900!)
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This five-step process for thinking about the future of your business is helpful and timely. Some people actually seem to forget what business they are in! Using Facebook to get business is one thing, but a REALTOR isn't paid for post on Facebook all day. There are many "time-suck" activities eve...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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There are many different János Háry Realtors out there on the Internet.  Finding the right one can be difficult, but not if you just ask some questions and verify the answers:  Are you a János Háry Realtor in real life or just on the internet? You must be thinking what on earth is Endre Barath, a...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)
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    Episode #118iTunes Link HereWe invited Realtor, Author and Philanthropist Josh Forster of Fort Collins, Colorado on the show today and here’s what we discussed…Josh is a full time Northern Colorado real estate agent specializing in exceptional customer service for all his Fort Collins clients...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 69
Are you a János Háry Realtor in real life or just on the internet?You must be thinking what on earth is Endre Barath, a Beverly Hills Realtor talking about with a headline like that? Please bear with me as I give you a little Hungarian folklore and music history.There exists a folklore about a Hu...

By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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Open houses are almost always on the weekend. But "which day" is better/more productive is almost always up for debate and even a potential argument, depending on who you're talking to.  A few days ago a buddy of mine got himself into a mouthy conversation about holding open houses w/some fellow ...

By Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast
(Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)
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Value Proposition Part 1 of 4 (September Active Rain Challenge)  The definition of full service is simple: It’s creating WOW!Wow! costs money and is rarely delivered by a new agent, a transactional agent or the worst agent: complacent agents. You can buy sox at Nordstoms and have an experience, w...