The Zebra Blog

Strong Roots – Strong Business

Hi, everyone. Welcome to this week’s zebra report. Today I want to talk about the importance of staying put, staying on course, and trusting your business plan. More importantly, trusting that the clients you take care of will be loyal long term clients if you just stay the course with them. Read more »

Branding Spotlight: Virtual Listing Presentation

Are you ready to make a powerful impact in listing presentations, while maintaining social distancing? We are here to help you construct the perfect presentation for a guided tour of your services and expertise — whether you are meeting virtually or in-person!

Our interactive Virtual Listing Presentation package is an interactive and highly visual PDF that works like a webpage combined with a PowerPoint. It is designed for you to easily navigate during a Zoom or similar screen share service.

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Ask Denise: Adding a Buyer’s Agent to My Team. What Should I Look For?

Q: “Denise, I have had a strong business for many years now and I am looking for a way to streamline my time. Not working with buyer leads seems like a great way to do that. I am looking for a buyer agent, but I am not sure what I should be looking for. I assume I want someone licensed, but what else?”

A: Good for you for leveraging your time! This can be a very strategic move, but the challenge that a lot of agents run into when they try this are two-fold: Read more »

A Little Patience for the Big Home Market

This week I want to chat about big homes. Yes, the big boys…the 4000+ square foot homes that in many markets can often take longer to sell because of their size. After COVID became a reality in March many buyers realized that they wanted to move into a bigger home. A home that they could use for work as well as play. Having more space for their kids makeshift school and their new work from home schedules make for a higher demand for the larger home.

So why is it then that these larger homes are not selling faster? Why are they taking longer to sell? Read more »

Ask Denise: Planning My Exit Strategy

Q: “Denise, I am five years away from retirement and I am trying to decide how much I want to ramp up my business before retiring. I am on track for a comfortable retirement, so I don’t need to ramp up for the money, but I do think I need to go out with a bang of some sort. I do want some referral income for a few years so getting my business as strong as possible before I retire is important. What do you suggest?” Read more »

Covid Communication: Your Chance to Learn

Hi everyone, and welcome to this week’s Zebra Report. This week I want to talk about Covid Communication. Specifically, how our regular, comfortable ways of communicating with each other are really pressed right now because we are in the middle of an epidemic.

I’ve had a number of agents that have contacted me this week with concerns about continuing the “new normal.” To summarize and paraphrase, they have told me, “Denise, I’m not used to this way of doing business. This feels weird. I’m not used to not being face-to-face and spending hours with my clients. I don’t know if I’m representing them correctly because I’m doing everything over the phone and I can’t see their expressions. I’m not even spending as long on listing presentations and everyone is nervous about me coming into their home. What do I do?” Read more »

Branding Spotlight: Jake Bradshaw & Kookie Wemyss

The starting point: Hailing from Hawaii, Kookie Wemyss and Jake Bradshaw are a mother-son team that love travel, both for the adventure and the people they meet along the way. Together, they have made the Hele Home Team. Hele, a Hawaiian word meaning “go to”, symbolizes their passion for helping clients move anywhere they want to go.

The target audience: Their first-hand experience with travel, both for short vacations and long-term living arrangements, means they have a lot in common with their relocation clients. Read more »

Ask Denise: Fast Office Makover

Q: “Denise, I thought by now I would be spending more time at my actual office than my home office but it looks like we are going to continue like this for a while longer. For years my office has been a catch-all for things that don’t have a home in other parts of the house. It is also the guestroom (although we have no guests at the moment), and I have never really invested energy making it a good functional space. This is catching up with me now because I get exhausted just going in there. Plus it is hot! I don’t want to spend time or money on a lengthy renovation. Any suggestions for quick fixes?” Read more »

Denise Live Tuesdays and Market Survival Guide Fridays

Club Zebra club call announcement

Have you attended one of our Denise Live webinars lately? If not, you are missing out on some incredible content!

Denise Live are live webinars every Tuesday at 9am Pacific and this July we are all about developing your virtual business skills – virtual listing presentations, virtual open houses home tours, home showings and buyer consultations, virtual CMAs and brochures, virtual staging and renovations and more!

Market Survival Guide airs every Friday at noon Pacific with the latest housing industry updates and news that affects you! Plus, this July 17 we will be contrasting urban versus suburban market performance. July 24 we are hosting special guest and senior loan officer Drew Ebner of Guild Mortgage and later this month on July 31 we’ll be taking a closer look at the commercial market.

See our calendar for everything that’s going on, get registered and get informed – Your business will thank you!

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