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Pop-Up Brokerages

This past year I have seen some interesting changes and trends in the real estate industry. One is a rise in what I call pop-up brokerages. I define these as a real estate brokerage that has decided to open multiple locations in an entirely new market area in a very short period of time. Many […]

Ask Denise: I’ve Started…Now What?

Q: “Denise, I am a new agent. In fact, I just got my license last week! What do you suggest I do to get up and running quickly?” A: Congratulations and welcome to the business. I love that you are asking for advice right away instead of assuming you can do it all on your […]

The Right Way to Move Brokerages

There isn’t a week that goes by that one of my clients doesn’t email me to ask for a call to discuss moving brokerages. Real estate brokers are always intrigued when a new company comes to town or they hear about a colleague that recently moved. Is the grass really greener at another brokerage or is […]

Ask Denise: Considering Brokerages

Q: “Denise, there are a few new brokerages in town that are knocking at my door. I am not unhappy with my brokerage, but think I am paying too much for what I am getting. What should my next move be?” I am a proponent of making sure you are indeed getting everything out of […]

Victory for Seattle Landlords: Seattle Must Immediately Stop Enforcing The First-Come, First-Served Law

I am pleased to announce that King County Superior Court Judge Susanne Parisien has struck down the first-come, first-served law adopted by Seattle City Council in 2016. The ruling means Seattle must immediately stop enforcing the law adopted by City Council as it has been found to violate the state constitution. The law required landlords […]

Finding Success Your Way!

I have never met two real estate agents that run their business exactly the same way. Each has their own personality, their own style and their own way of connecting with clients. I am often asked if there is one perfect formula for building a real estate business. I would like to be able to […]

Stop Asking Me if we are in a Housing Bubble!

When home prices are skyrocketing to new record highs it is natural to wonder if what goes up will be coming down.   The question I get asked all the time is when will this happen, are we in a housing bubble, and when will it burst. I want to assure you that our market is […]

How the Proposed Tax Reform Bill is Creating Concern with Buyers and Sellers Everywhere

Fear is a very powerful thing and both real estate buyers and sellers are nervous about the proposed Tax Reform Bill and how it will affect them. Many are waiting to see what happens fearing the worst-case scenario. But before you get drawn into the fear and drama you need to counter that with a […]

Smart Agents Start Business Planning For 2018 NOW!

A successful business plan consists of three very important parts. We will be talking about each of these over the next three weeks. To create a business plan that helps you increase your income and improve your quality of life you have to first analyze your past business to get a really good assessment of […]

Branding Spotlight: Semi-Custom Pro #130

This week’s design spotlight features our Semi-Custom Pro branding design template #130. If you love the dramatic effect of a black background, but want to keep the readability of a white page, this design is perfect for you. Bold yet Understated, this template takes advantage of photography techniques that place a single object on a […]

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