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 Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 53
Real estate agents and brokers are independent business owners.  As such you know you are accountable for your results.   In my consultation with my business owners in Westchester County we work on success through focusing on their vision, their values, and goals. Then they execute their goals an...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
Comments 5
Grant Schneider "Using measurements that predict whether you are on the right track and will predict and shape your future are far more effective than relying on measurements of what has already happened."Right on target - and - re-blog! Real estate agents and brokers are independent business own...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 20
  We have talked about thinventory often in these times of too few listings and anxious Buyers stacked up by like cordwood...and the pressure to write offers quickly...be financially prepared....no time for sleeping on choices...delaying showings...move it or lose it is the mantra of the home buy...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 42
EPA Announces Lead Paint Enforcement ActionsIf for some reason you thought it is OK to skip some of the Real Estate Disclosures, well think again. Here is a perfect example, where the Environmental Protection Agency is serious about cleaning up lead paint. On March 12, the U.S. Environmental Prot...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 2
There are so many land mines that stand in the way, often unbeknown to sellers who are attempting to sell their homes themselves. This is one For-Sale-By-Owner (FSBO) caveat that is often overlooked when we discuss the the many liabilities FSBO sellers face. Thanks to my friend, Endre Barath, Jr....

By Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun!
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
Comments 3
NEW AGENT? THINGS TO DO TO GET TO THE TOP FASTER--PART IIINow, when I say FASTER and not FAST it's because in real estate you need to give yourself at least a year before you will be proficient with all the laws, rules, regulations and requirements of this profession. You don't want to rush any o...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
Comments 3
These are steps that should be taken to see just where you business is as opposed to your competition. Real estate agents and brokers are independent business owners.  As such you know you are accountable for your results.   In my consultation with my business owners in Westchester County we work...

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 2
Let me borrow the term "staging" from its real estate context.  Do you throw new team leaders to the wolves or do you stage them for success?Lawrence Peter’s book The Peter Principle argues that, in a hierarchy people tend to be promoted to the level of their incompetence. He noted that although ...

By Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com
(Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty)
Comments 31
This morning I wrote an article that took me about two hours.  I was feeling really good about it when I hit the 'publish' key and boom, the site went down!Whaaaaattt???!!!Okay, I took a deep breath, went to refill my coffee, took a brief stroll around my office and then asked myself - do I want ...

By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 8
Making agent referrals is not a random process.The steps I take in choosing the right referral agentFor the most part, when someone needs an agent out of the area, my mind immediately thinks of an ActiveRain member. My mind has learned to “map” where my favorite AR peeps live and work. If I need ...

By Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury)
Comments 67
The Accompanied Showing ~ No Thank You!We have all been there as agents right? The Seller wants us to be present at each and every showing. Is this really feasible and the other question, is this a strategy that is conducive to a potential sale? My short answer is no on both accounts. Of course t...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 35
How well do you market your Open Houses? Well this one in Bel Air, CA was extreemly well marketed...I have heard agents across the country grousing that Open Houses do not work. People do not show up and it is just a waste of time. I have often disagreed publicly that I am of the belief that it d...

By Khash Saghafi, Mortgage Loan Officer, Cleveland Ohio
(Liberty Home Mortgage Corporation)
Comments 9
OK,  With the market being so hot right now and multiple offers coming in before you even hit the POST button to go live with a listing, I have been getting bombarded with more phone calls to validate my Pre-Approvals.  Not only do I understand it, but I have always recommended that a listing age...

By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 21
  How lucky are we at Re/Max eastern to have Alex Shanyder, Esq.  teach us our continuing education . Every two years we are required to renew our Real Estate license and take continuing education courses We also  reviewed Ethics and Fair Housing . It is not easy to keep these subjects interestin...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 6
Funny How the Appraiser Calls AFTER the Home InspectionOne of my pet peeves, as a top producing Bristow Real Estate Agent, is how deadlines are handled by buyer agents on my listings.  Let's start with the fact that all deadlines in our contract, unless specified otherwise in writing, run the dat...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(PK Real Estate Utah South)
Comments 10
For Sale? For Lease? Just Tell Me!  The local market is becoming very tight, with less choices for luxury homes priced well in better than average condition. My out-of-town clients came into town to specifically look at a home they would potentially purchase. We arrived at the residence, I opened...

By Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun!
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
Comments 18
When You Are Selling Your Home...LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT!Selling your home? Can't figure out what to do first?...Next? It is very hard to be someone who is trying to sell their home and trying to be objective as well. After all, the years you have spent there may add up to a lot of memories that...

By Brian Sharkey, SharkeyRE - #SouthFloridaBroker
(SharkeyRE LLC)
Comments 1
Face 2 Face appointments are a nessesity in our business. Floyd Wickman Team teaches how to and when to and why you should get face 2 face with a customer.  I believe this is segment 5 in my little series about the realities of Real Estate in the Olden Days - before the advent of all the technolo...

By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
(Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker)
Comments 22
Our profession is safety challenging and puts us into some precarious situations.  PLEASE take the time to read these daily safety tips. They can save you time, money and potentially your life!  The goal is simple but not to be understated:  Always keep YOUR SAFETY and YOUR CLIENTS(Sellers and Bu...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
Comments 25
Things Learned in Mediation Training Friday was a full day of class doing role plays and learning about the different methods of conducting mediation with REALTORS®. I have been an ombudsman for 6 years with my board and wanted to learn how to do that job better and be available if there was a si...