Jennifer Provencio, The Reverse Mortgage Speciailist (San Diego County and Central Valley)

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Deb Kirschbaum
MB/Priority Properties, Inc. - Denver, CO

I think they add personality and "flavor" to the meaning of your comment.  Don't you think?  

Jul 09, 2015 02:21 AM
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Everything cannot be 100% serious and there has to be some fun sometimes.

If you don't like em don't look at em!

Jul 09, 2015 05:44 AM
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Mike Sasse
OfferPad Home Loans, LLC - Scottsdale, AZ
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I think they have a time and a place. If I'm writing a blog post I am doing so to be informative, raise awareness, or start a discussion to help build my business. I would never use an emoji in that setting. However, if I am answering a Q&A on "How much fun did you have over the 4th of July Weekend?!" I may be more enticed to use one.

Jul 09, 2015 10:54 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

I use them all the time.  It helps set the tone for my comments. 

Jul 09, 2015 03:50 AM
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Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

Appropriate at times (I'll tend to agree, this tends to exclude the post itself).  Fully in moderation as well, so don't expect all my comments to have them, though you should expect to see them from me once in a while.

I still try to remind myself that it's okay for middle-aged men to use them.  See, that's two generalities that I have continue to struggle with.

Jul 09, 2015 01:36 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I didnt know we could. Man am i behind. 

Jul 09, 2015 09:22 AM
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Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

I like Raymond E. Camp 's answer. If you don't like them, don't use or look at them!

Jul 09, 2015 08:21 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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In the words of Bill Murray in Meatballs, "It really doesn't matter"!

Jul 09, 2015 07:53 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
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Jennifer Provencio I don't use them, but if you want to, it's okay with me.

Jul 09, 2015 06:16 AM
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Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

I don't care one way or another. 

Jul 09, 2015 04:06 AM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I enjoy the use of emoticons for comments and short text type messages, as an expression of emotion.  We have the opportunity to express our personality and emotions with our words in longer formats, such as blog articles.  

Jul 09, 2015 03:38 AM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
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It's very unprofessional within the blog post, but I suppose they could work on some comments, assuming they are positive ones.  I have not used them.

Jul 09, 2015 03:22 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
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I don't have a problem with them, but I don't use them inside my public posts.... not into "cutesy."

Jul 09, 2015 09:50 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 they are fine.  I feel like some posts would be fine having them also. Perhaps a fun "what's happening in my neighborhood" post.  Maybe not in a listing post.

Jul 09, 2015 01:06 PM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I agree, Jennifer! 

Jul 09, 2015 06:51 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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I like them, a way to transfer an emotion on an emotionless medium.

 

Jul 09, 2015 06:05 AM
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Ed Macias
Real Estate Teammates - Miami, FL
Miami FL-REO Property Management Multifamily

I think they are fine

Jul 09, 2015 04:52 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Emoticons are right there on the tool bar. 

Just like 'upvotes' and 'likes' if they are present, folks will click them.

So....are the not better than :) ?

And making tools available, such as spell ck and underline has proven beneficial to most.

I think it brings a opportunity to express, even if it goes unnoticed, a ounce of personality.

Jul 09, 2015 02:09 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

The use of emoticons would create an additional negative impact. We already see too many of them on Facebook.

Jul 09, 2015 02:06 AM
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Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
REcampus Fully Accredited Florida ONLINE & Classroom Training in Destin, Pensacola Florida - Panama City Beach, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

I like it.

 

Jul 16, 2015 12:08 AM
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Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Not a fan of them in business, personal and friend use they have a place. I still don't use them a lot.

Jul 12, 2015 05:19 PM
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Fred Cope
Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN - Nashville, TN
Looking For Homes With A Smile

Jennifer, I think I used one last week but do not recall previous use.

 

I do not think it belongs in professional correspondence, but have no authority to sanction or deny what others do.  I am OLD SCHOOL, and type full words in my tests as well.  I still think like an IBM Selectric III.

 

I have no problem if someone uses them in comments on AR or FB, at leaat until the govt tells me I have to.  My dearest friend used them in her emails for years, but I have no recollection of returning such in a message.

 

Several years ago we had a new receptionist, just out of high school, and she put xoxo after her initials on phone memos.  Just not my cup of tea...

Jul 09, 2015 10:52 PM