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The Top 5 Actions of Super-Producing Agents

Are you working with clients you don’t really mesh well with? Are you spending money getting and chasing leads who don’t return your calls and emails? Do you agonize over keeping in contact with your past clients and in the end, never send anything? Do you find that every year you are working harder but […]

Where It All Began: My Love of Investing in Real Estate

From the time I was a child, I was always interested in what my parents were doing in their business. My father was a chef and owned restaurants and my mom was his loyal partner in crime. I remember washing dishes with them on the weekends when I was as young as five and six […]

Why Not NOW?

The #1 enemy of most real estate brokers today is procrastination. While most real estate brokers do not lack creativity, customer service or drive, many of them do lack the ability to get things done. This is not just specific to real estate brokers. Almost every professional in every field suffers from some level of […]

The Life Cycle of a Real Estate Client: What You Need to Know!

People ask me all the time what exactly real estate agents do besides show homes and put homes on the MLS for sale. That is such a broad subject that I often laugh when I get asked that question. Real estate agents are not just sales people; they are business owners, marketers, social media experts, […]

Ask Denise: Scheduling Mayhem!

Q: “Denise, I want to take some time for education this fall. I really feel like I need inspiration and some new ideas to energize my business. But if you were to look at my calendar you would freak out!! Seriously. Between taking care of my aging parents and shuttling them to appointments, dealing with […]

The Velcro Client: Why You Need Them and How to Get Them

It doesn’t seem like a week goes by without a new model of real estate company popping up threatening to undermine your business. These models are offering creative incentives and discounts to potential sellers and they are making real estate selling look very easy.  Of course, there will always be competition in the real estate […]

Ask Denise: Doing Business with Family

Q: “Denise, my brother and sister-in-law are ready to become first time homebuyers in the next few months. They have asked me a few questions but haven’t really indicated they will be using me for that purchase. I don’t want to be pushy, but I would like their business. How should I proceed?” A: First, […]

The Quiet Mind: Critical Tips for Peak Performance

A personal practice I have done for over 20 years is called my Hour of Power. It is a time where I sit in my office every workday for one hour of uninterrupted time. I do this so that I can focus on key tasks that I need to do without ANY interruptions. I don’t […]

Ask Denise: Finding the Time

Q: “Denise, 2016 seemed like a blur! I felt like I was being pulled in all directions by buyers and sellers and I never found the time to implement some of the systems that I need. For example, I have been in the industry for nine years, but still don’t have a system for taking […]

How Much Potential Income is in Your Pipeline?

Today’s potential clients are tomorrow’s commission dollars. If you don’t have a system to stay top-of-mind with them who knows who they might actually wind up buying or selling their next home with? What if you had a system that didn’t just keep track of who told you they were interested in buying or selling in […]

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