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Ask Denise: Snacks!

Q: “Denise, I have a weird situation. I was showing a couple properties last week. We had been out for a while and we were getting a little hungry. I always carry granola bars with me and offered these to tide us over until the break when we were going to eat. The wife was […]

Branding with Group Photos

Every once in a while, I get a question that really warrants more space than my #AskDenise column that is featured in our weekly industry newsletter, the Zebra Report. This is one of those questions. Have you ever spent time and money getting your team together for a photo which turns out perfect? It is […]

Ask Denise: Winter Doldrums

Q: “Hi Denise –  I am struggling with the winter doldrums! I think the market is slowing down, so why don’t I just take some much needed time off?” A: If time off is what you need then of course you need to take time off.  Taking time off is more dependent on when you […]

Ask Denise: Market Reality Check

Q: “Denise, we are having a weird moment in our market right now. Inventory is still really tight, but a lot of buyers seem to be on a break! There are a lot of homes that have been on the market for a while. BUT when I try to talk to my buyers about this […]

Ask Denise: Phone Etiquette

Q: “Denise, my wife and I work together (we are a real estate team). We have happily worked together for a number of years. In the last few months, she has indicated that I am not answering the phone as she would like. I answer with a hearty, “Hello!” which she says is too exuberant […]

Ask Denise: In Person vs Online

Q: “Denise why is it so important to get buyers out looking at more properties in person and less properties on line?” A: Buyers today are getting so frustrated because they think they find their perfect home online only to find out that the home smells, or it doesn’t quite look like it did in […]

Ask Denise: Jump-Start a Stalled Farm

Q: “Denise, I have been marketing to a farm area for about six months now and I am very happy with what I am sending out – meaty market info, information on sold properties, etc. It is all stuff that is really relevant to the area. I have had a call, but things just aren’t […]

Ask Denise: Negative Reviews

Q: “Denise, help! It has been brought to my attention that I have a negative review online. It is on Yelp and since I only have one other review on Yelp, it stands out when someone searches for me. What is worse is this review isn’t even from someone I wound up working with. This […]

Ask Denise: Burnout Recovery

Q: “Denise, I had a tough year last year. I don’t want to get into it, but until that point I had always been a people person. You know…if I was short on business, I just needed to do an open house and I would have five new clients. But the life has been sucked […]

Ask Denise: I Need a Bookkeeper

Q: “Denise, I need to buy some bookkeeping software. I am committed to getting my business paperwork and expenses under control before the end of the year and I need some help.” This is really a three-pronged process that starts with your accountant. If you don’t have a good accountant, take the time to find […]

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