Annette  Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ  (ReMax Realtec Group)

Spam prevention
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  I know an agent who closed $25 million last year.  She uses AOL for her email.  Go figure.

Jan 16, 2018 09:14 AM
Rainmaker
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

You know the crude reference about opinions and everyone has one.

Jan 16, 2018 07:18 AM
Rainer
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Todd Phillips
AZHouseAZHome - Realty Executives - Phoenix, AZ
Buyer/SellerRep,CashOffers,Wholesale,Photography

Interesting take. Personally, I believe having your own domain linked Email address is a better representation of you as a professional to new clients. It does make a more professional impression.

Maybe the writer's point was that Gmail addresses are too easy to get and use for this type of activity.  I still have an 26 yr old AOL address that I use as a backup email, and have a gmail address that I use as a spam catcher.

Jan 16, 2018 07:42 AM
Rainmaker
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I don't agree with the gmail address, AOL maybe. 

Jan 16, 2018 11:05 AM
Rainmaker
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Dario Ferreira
Attleboro, MA
Internet Marketing

I believe agents should have their business email at their own domain - i.e. johnd@johndoehomes.com, not johnd@remax.com

But, you should not host the email on the same server as your website - use an email service like Gsuite, or others.

Having johnd@gmail.com is not terrible, but for $5 per month you can use your own domain and have all the advantages of Gmail, plus a few other perks.

No, I don't work for Google. I just believe in making one's life easier, and Gsuite fits the bill.

Jan 16, 2018 10:23 AM
Rainmaker
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I'm with Todd Phillips on this one and have advised many a new agent on this in the past.  Get your own business domain name (preferrably a .com) and use that as your primary email.  This gives a MUCH more professional look.  I use that for business and have a personal Gmail account that I rarely use for work (usually only when there is an issue with emails getting hit by spam).

Jan 16, 2018 09:04 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I agree with your fifth sentence. Writer is clueless..........

Jan 16, 2018 08:06 AM
Rainmaker
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 Verizon turned all of their email account over to AOL. I was able to keep @verizon.net. I have a gmail email, but never use it.

Jan 16, 2018 11:13 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I always enjoy seeing all the "lenders" who promote some scheme or another an expect people to send all of their private info to a gmail address that may or may not be in some sweatshop in a foreign country.

Jan 16, 2018 10:53 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 Since you want newer agents to respond, I will respond as a real estate instructor/trainer for 25+ years.

  • If you have joined a small independent company, get your own domain business name and use that as your email. maryyonkers@maryyonkers.com
  • If you have joined a larger firm, use the company email. maryyonkers@howardhanna.com
  • All business correspondence should be through your business email, not personal email 
  • Create a business signature Mary Yonkers that includes contact information.

    Mary Yonkers 

    Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

    Erie Southwest/Sterrettania

    3738 Sterrettania Road

    Erie, PA 16506

    814-835-1200 or 814-881-7548

  • Pennsylvania law requires agents to identify the company they work for; If they use their cell #, they must also use the company #
Jan 16, 2018 10:47 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I made my comment in response to Ken's answer.

Jan 16, 2018 07:53 AM
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I use gmail.

Jan 16, 2018 07:48 AM
Rainmaker
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Gabe Sanders nailed this one!

Jan 17, 2018 06:20 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

This is a new one for me.

Jan 17, 2018 05:17 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Clueless Ding Bat ... Indeed. 

Jan 16, 2018 08:41 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I think everyone has an opinion...and they're entitled to it!

I have several - my domain, my company, my iCloud and my gmail accounts. I use them for various marketing/reasons. 

I am not one who judges others by their email address, personally!

Jan 16, 2018 08:22 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Gmail, AOL or something else. What works, works!

Jan 16, 2018 08:08 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 - there is always a success story and a failure story for the same thing!

Jan 16, 2018 07:22 PM
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Interesting comments..I have always used my email address in conjunction with my first website Reloaustin.com...my email is dillard@reloaustin.com  ..its worked for me for years!

Jan 16, 2018 04:34 PM
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

It all depends on who the agent is.  Like Fred Griffin said with his example.  A

Jan 16, 2018 04:20 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I use gmail and have no problems. I can detect a scam in seconds.

Jan 16, 2018 02:55 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't use gmail except for junk mail! I use my own name and my own server.

Jan 16, 2018 12:12 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I think the key to success is being real not your choice of email address.

Jan 16, 2018 11:28 AM
Rainmaker
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I'm clueless

Jan 16, 2018 11:17 AM
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Let each one account for themselves...In the end that is where it all ends up

Jan 16, 2018 11:05 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

saw a bandit sign. Flip homes work from home $10,000 monthly guaranteed

Jan 16, 2018 07:59 AM
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Yes, great question. 
And the answers too. 

Nov 17, 2018 01:21 PM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

Intersting question and great answers. Thank you.

Nov 17, 2018 01:04 PM
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

I am not of the opinion that a Gmail or other well known email service would hamper connections with anyone whether it be GMAIL AOL YAHOO or similar.

Jan 23, 2018 05:43 PM
Rainmaker
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

More fake news/advice.

Jan 21, 2018 08:44 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I like Mary Yonkers respond the bext.

 

 

Jan 18, 2018 01:37 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Everyone's view on this subject is different.

Jan 18, 2018 08:53 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I started with  yahoo account 15+ years ago  and sstill have it

Jan 17, 2018 08:29 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No.

Jan 17, 2018 08:50 AM
Rainmaker
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Stay away from emails like this ( just got it as a lead from AR!): 

Excuse my intrusion into your private life without your prior permission. I hope my mail will not cause you much embarrassment as I write to you in good faith. I am Barrister Phil Faris, lawyer from West Africa in the Province of Lome Republic of Togo . I am in touch with you regarding the death of my late client , who died on auto mobile accident with his wife and only daughther on December 30, 2009, leaving a huge amount of money ($ 8.5 million USD) in a bank here in my country. After unsuccessful attempts to locate his relatives as his personal lawyer, I decided to contact you because you bear the same surname and the family tree research show that you are his next of kin. Unfortunately, my late client does not have any stated next of kin who can lay claim to the fund/legacy he left behind that is the reason why I contacted you to receive this fund since you bear the same last name with him . As soon as i received your answer , i will send you all details and clarification about this claim. contact me through my private email for more details. email: Philfaris@yahoo.com Hope to hear from you soon. Regards Phil Faris Esq. 0022897176059

Jan 16, 2018 11:27 PM