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The Key to Winning a Seller’s Confidence

When I was a new agent – and I mean a brand new agent in my very early 20s – I was called to go out on a  listing presentation. I had not met the seller before nor been on his property. I got to the house and briefcase in hand, began walking up to […]

Pricing With Confidence

One of the hardest parts of your job as a real estate agent is the ability to price a seller’s home correctly. There are so many variables that go along with accurate pricing and if agents do not consider all of these, they may be costing their sellers thousands of dollars in lost potential sales […]

Why Isn’t My Listing Selling?

Of all the questions I get asked by agents, this one is always in my Top 3 list. Agents are good at giving me all kinds of reasons, excuses, and theories as to why their listings may not be selling. But there really are only two reasons:  #1: Presentation and #2: Price.

Five Things to Avoid in Your Listings

As an agent, managing broker, trainer, and for nearly two decades of coaching, I’ve been witness to just about every listing faux pas, misstep, and bad decision. Long time agents may say, “Oh, these are junior mistakes,” but it is not just new agents who get caught in these practices and it’s always good to […]

Ask Denise: That 70’s Paneling

How to advize clients to make modifications

Q: “Denise, I have a listing with terrible 70’s paneling in the living room. I have asked the sellers to remove it, but they have been hesitant to do so. I know that if they do this the house will sell. How do I convince them to remove it so the house will sell?” A: […]

Bad Photos Don’t Cut It!

Recently I was asked by a client of mine to help her figure out why her listing wasn’t selling.  Of course, the first thing I did was go onto the MLS and look at her listing and then compare her listing with all of the competition. It is not usual to see so many terrible […]

Ask Denise: The Market’s Time

Q: “Denise, I read your article on the Power of Timing. I have a listing that has been on for about a month now and my sellers are thinking of trying a price reduction this weekend and if it doesn’t work, throwing in the towel and renting it. I am also holding an open house […]

Ask Denise: Facing New Competition In My Area

Q: “Denise, there is a new agent who has just started mailing to the same area! His postcards have that “enter your address and learn your home value” feature which I feel is terrible for our industry, but I am worried that it will get results. How can I be true to my business beliefs, […]

“Days On Market” is a Critical Judge of the Market

When agents ask me how the market is I always answer with, “It depends.” There is no such thing as one general market. Markets change by price point, by area, by neighborhood, and by home style. While the media has been guilty of making sweeping statements that the market is either a strong buyers’ or […]

Ask Denise: Listing Letters

Q: “Denise, I have a listing coming up and I heard about some letter campaign that you recommend for the neighbors. Can you tell me about that?” A: Yes! In fact, this campaign of three letters are making my clients a lot of money. One of my new clients, in fact, started doing this campaign […]

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