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The “E” Word – It might be costing you business!

“I had a bad year because of the market.” “My company didn’t support me enough.” “There’s too much competition in the area I work.” “I’m too new in the business to make a lot of money.” ENOUGH! Do you have “Excusitis”? It’s a rampant disorder in the business world, characterized by frequent and habitual use […]

Watching for the Perfect Real Estate Storm

Sometimes an area has both incredible buying and selling opportunities –  a very rare occurrence.  I call these occurrences the perfect investing storm. Many areas have just come into that storm.  Is yours one of them? This perfect storm of opportunity occurs when inventory declines rapidly in a market where many homes have been sitting […]

Ask Denise: How to Handle the Holiday Slump

Q: “Denise, it seems like my business falls off at this time of year every single year…and I panic. I am so sick of feeling this way over the holidays. Can you help me get through this?” A: Every business has a pace. If your business gets quiet this time of year every year, then […]

Getting Comfortable with the Truth

Real estate is a people business and can therefore be very unpredictable at times. Clients don’t always do what you think they will do and often they change their minds at a moment’s notice. Real estate requires strong communication skills and the ability to deliver the truth in a factual and practical manner. Most agents […]

This November: Are You Winding-Down When You Should Be Winding-Up?

Every year in mid-November I hear the same comment from agents: “Denise, the market is slowing down. I think I’ll just wind things down, assume nothing else is going to happen, and then wind up next year.” Think again! If you aren’t ready to close your books on your business for the year, it is […]

Lead Generation: Does it Cost You Time? Money? Or Time AND Money?

Many of you know the story of my importing 10,000 teddy bears after I went on a trip to Seoul Korea with a flight attendant friend of mine. This was many years ago prior to me starting my real estate career and what I learned from this experience changed me for the better forever. I […]

Don’t Let Barriers Drain Your Pool of Buyers

There are many barriers to selling a home in today’s competitive selling environment.   The challenge for many agents is how to discuss those barriers without offending the client.  Perhaps the home you are evaluating has a very strong cat urine odor or the seller has just told you that they expect you to be at […]

Ask Denise: Mastering a New Area

Q: “Denise, I have just moved to a new area that is about 100 miles away from my previous area. I already have referral arrangements in place with agents in my previous location so I will still have some income coming in, but now I really need to ramp up in my new location. What […]

Ask Denise: Different Ways to Say “No”

Q: “Denise, I’m exhausted. I feel like I’m always chasing solutions and never have enough time for myself. I have to start saying no to something, but I don’t know where to start and I’m afraid of sounding rude.” A: Being over-committed is something many real estate agents struggle with. I’ve been there myself. You […]

The Phoenix Factor – A New and Innovative Business-Building Event

I am so excited to announce that my signature Safari has been completely reinvented and retooled! In response to the big market changes we have seen in the past couple of years, I listened to agents with boots on the ground, listened to their day-to-day challenges and concerns, and made significant changes to my two-day […]

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