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 Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 89
How To Make Money as a Realtor®?I have been talking to some new Realtors® who received their real estate license within the past couple of months as well as reading questions/comments on various social media groups from new agents and there’s one common questions; -How do I start making money as ...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 55
FHA Misconceptions - Listing Agents, Read This       FICO score?  Doesn't matter.  Debt to income ratio?  Nope, doesn't matter, either.  Have documents been analyzed?  Has a thorough pre-approval complete with analysis of income, assets, and automated underwriting been completed?  NOW we're on to...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 22
Your Education is Never Complete . . . .“Wherever we are and whatever we are doing, it is possible to learn something that will enrich our lives and the lives of others. . . . . .  No one’s education is ever complete.”Sir John Templeton 1912 -2008, American Born Stock Investor,Businessman, Philan...
By Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad 707.646.1876
(Executive Director of Education and Industry Outreach RETechCampus)
Comments 24
Social media sharing is really just content marketing on steroids, but how much traffic does it drive and how much business is it generating for you? What if there were a way to Co-Brand your Content Marketing and sharing initiatives to targeted audiences and do it for free? Would you be interest...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 12
  Everyone was  a new Realtor once....and in the "olden" days there were not webinars....there was not an took an orientation course of sorts...and "training" which was not....was a weekly meeting.  Sadly, in many brokerages today that is still the "training" offered to agents wit...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
Comments 17
The 4 C's ~ The Very Best Advice I Can Give a Rookie in Real Estate  This post is not about an “A-Ha” moment when some real estate sage gave me a piece of advice that became THE KEY to success in a real estate career.  NO, This post comes from being licensed and working as a real estate person fo...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
Comments 41
We have always been proponents of high touch.  High touch equals high trust. Early in our commercial real estate career in Beverly Hills, California we developed a high touch system with our listing clients and our buyer clients. We were one of the first real estate firms to use computers through...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 6
I have a colleague in one of the local suburbs.  He knows his market well. Whenever I have a buyer or seller in his neighbourhood, I refer to him.He, in turn, refers his buyers/sellers to me when they're in my neighbourhood, and we pay each other a comfortable referral fee.At the moment, we have ...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 5
Go Forward With Awareness“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear;but around us in awareness.”James Thurber 1894 - 1961, American Cartoonist, Author, Journalist, Playwright and Celebrated Wit As I see it. . . . . . . . Go forward with awareness You can’t go back in time to relive the p...
By Pamela Seley, serving Temecula Valley California (951) 491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
Comments 9
SUSDAT I've been in the real estate business 8 years -- not as long as some, longer than a newbie. My first purchase contract I wrote up for my first client took me 8 hours!! Yes, you read that right -- 8 friggin' hours -- and that was when the California Association of Realtors purchase contract...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 11
Attracting Business Opportunities “A man to carry on a successful business must have imagination.He must see things a in a vision, a dream of the whole thing.”Charles M. Schwab 1862 - 1939, American Steel Magnate  As I see it . . . . . . .Attracting business opportunities The person that stretche...
By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 18
 Success is a Choice Only You Can Make“No one can cheat you out of ultimate success, but yourself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 -1882, essayist, lecturer, poet As I see it . . . .Success is a choice only you can make The path that you choose to travel in your lifetime is a choice. You can choose pac...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 41
"Can you come over and give us a market evaluation on our property?" asked the email."Sure, I'd be happy to... can I ask how you heard of Alan... was it my internet presences, Active Rain, a referral, one or more of my many "for sale" signs?""Well, we met you about 11 years ago.  You were conduct...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 15
A family friend was a highly successful agent in our area.  So when I got my real estate license, she was the obvious choice to go to for advice as to where I should hang my shingle.Should I go to the northern burbs, where the big money is?  Should I stay in my own neighbourhood (more moderate ho...
By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
Comments 10
                                                                                      Sam Shueh                                                                           SShueh  at                                                                          (Four-O-Eight) 425-1601 Real Esta...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 16
 Please join in the Business Planning -   ActiveRain Group Think From October through January business planning is on many successful agents minds. I will be teaching multiple CE classes from October to January.  I created the class about 3 or so years ago and it's way past time to update the pre...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
Comments 4
Glenn S. Phillips, shared this wonderful classic post that can be used many times over. The array of details and data will surely benefit you and your present or future clients. It is detailed and right to the point. It should also help with any gray areas, to give you an upper hand with this com...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
Comments 24
Winning listings and closing transactions are definitely the sweet spots in luxury real estate marketing. However, working with extraordinary people who uplift your spirits keeps you coming back for more. Working with “toxic” clients is a sure way to get depressed about the luxury real estate gam...
By Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor, SFR, PMC and Investor
(Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt)
Comments 10
Change for the better... "Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change."Jim Rohn  As we are about to embark in our last quarter of 2015, I came across the quote above and I wanted to share it will my fellow ActiveRain members.  Many are rethinking their business goal for comi...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 30
No matter what service industry you’re in smooth sailing occurs when detailed systems are in place and ready to follow. Flying by the seat of your pants may have worked in the past but if you want to be viewed as the consummate professional in your field you need to take time to establish procedu...