Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.)

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Jeff,

Thank you hand written notes, and no cards.  Personally, I think they are inappropriate.  It broadcasts, I am writing a thank you and I want you to do business with me, it not our style.  I just thanked someone for following on AR, and they sent me 2 page email of WHAT I COULD DO FOR THEM and how wonderful their business is, and I would be smarter than the average bear to send them business.  They have no idea as to what we do.  For me it is a royal turn off,  Maybe, it is the way I am drawn!  LOL A

Mar 10, 2017 06:57 AM
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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 keep a stack on my desk as a reminder to send some each week. There is always someone that would like to hear a kind word or two. It depends on whether I include a business card or not. If I do it is more to trigger their memory of who I am.

Mar 10, 2017 04:53 PM
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I have, but not often, and I never include a card...

Mar 10, 2017 02:26 PM
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John Meussner
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I usually include a business card because I hand write and sign each one "John"

 

Since there are 10 trillion (as of the last census) Johns in the US, I just assume they may not know which John sent it, so I include a card.

 

If it's someone that I know would know it's from me, no reason to include a card, though.  I do write a lot of thank yous.

Mar 10, 2017 11:21 AM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I used to send them all the time, after closings to the other agents, to clients, to vendors.  I've gotten out of the habit.  I honestly can't remembe if I sent a business card or not.  It may have been circumstance specific, but I don't know.  I used to send Happy Anniversary in your home handwritten cards and I did send business cards with those, but they were business related and asking to remember me if they or anyone needed help with real estate.  

Ron and Alexandra Seigel make a good point on how some may take it.  I honestly don't think I'd care if a thank you card also included a business card, it wouldn't turn me off unless it was in your face like the 2 page email they got.  That's inappropriate. Business cards I am on the fence about, especially because the interaction may be business related, even if it's a thank you.

-Kasey

Mar 10, 2017 07:30 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Great question Jeff Dowler 

1. Yes weekly.

2. Yes, I include a business card.

3. Yes there are inappropriate times: birthday, holiday, sympathy i.e. any personal or life event where you are trying to be the "friend not the Realtor".

Mar 10, 2017 07:27 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I do send hand-written notes and thank you cards to my clients. Depends on the individual for me to include a business card. 

Mar 10, 2017 03:37 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
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Jeff yes I do send out handwritten notes.  Sometimes I incude a card - other times not, just depends on the situation.

Mar 10, 2017 11:05 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Not in a long time.  I would not include a business card.

Mar 10, 2017 10:13 AM
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Steven Nickens
Wailea Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

At closing I gift a gift card to Mama's Fishouse, everyone loves them.

Mar 10, 2017 08:38 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I definitely don't send enough hand-written notes and thank you cards. When I do, I don't include a business card.  

Mar 10, 2017 08:09 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I think the hand-written note is great; however, I am not a fan of including the business card.  

Mar 10, 2017 07:14 AM
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
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In many cases I do but probably not as often as I should.

Feb 19, 2018 05:14 PM
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Heather Jackson, Realtor
Xcellence Realty - Lakeland, FL
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I do send handwritten cards regularly and I always include a business card. Its not necessarily for the person I'm sending the card to but, for them to pass along to a friend or coworker.  Never want to miss out on an opportunity.

Mar 12, 2017 03:07 PM
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Kelly Turbeville
Keller Williams - Lake Forest, CA
Turning Real Estate Dreams into Reality

Always send to clients, I am getting better at sending to others.   I include business cards unless it is for a personal reason, i.e. bday...  Can always create a generic card with a logo on the back to keep you top of mind...

 

Funny, I teach a class out our office and always remind new agents the importance of this.. Last week I got 5 thank you cards back and one new agetns included a lovely gift...   I was like awe, they like they really like me!  

It is always nice to get a card in the mail.. 

Mar 12, 2017 10:21 AM
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
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I do send hand written notes to clients...  people seem to love receiving a hand written note, they are so rare these days.. and I do not include my business card in that situation as they are already clients.  

Mar 11, 2017 07:37 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a good business practice.

Mar 11, 2017 07:14 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
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best business practice

Mar 11, 2017 06:35 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Do send hand-written notes. Sometimes include a card, sometimes not!

Mar 11, 2017 06:11 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 don't do this often enough.

Mar 11, 2017 05:28 AM
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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

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 nailed this one!

Mar 11, 2017 03:53 AM
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Noel Mayer
Upper Montclair Weichert Realtors - Montclair, NJ
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 Thanks for sharing. 

Mar 11, 2017 02:25 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Jeff Dowler - goes without saying..lol!

Most of the time, business cards are included.

Mar 10, 2017 10:58 PM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
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Jeff - I may send hand-written notes and thank you cards, but don't do it as often as I should. It depends on how well the person knows me whether I include a business card or not. If they will not know me by name, or how to contact me, I may include my card. If they know who I am, then I would not include my business card.

Mar 10, 2017 09:57 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I do at times and it depends on the situation

Mar 10, 2017 08:14 PM
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I do send hand-writen cards..don't include business card.

Mar 10, 2017 07:14 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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I do write hand-written cards but, don't include business cards.  They know how to reach me!  ;-)

Mar 10, 2017 05:50 PM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I always throw one in. Just wrote a note the other day as a matter of fact.

Mar 10, 2017 01:25 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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I include a business card except to my clients (who already have one) or to anyone I already know quite well (they also have one or more of my cards).

Mar 10, 2017 10:38 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I've received a few thank you cards for meeting with people or attending seminars lately.  Very nice touch.  No cards in them, but it's obvious who they were sent from.  One was branded.

 

Personally, my handwritting makes a doctor's look legible (they've had trouble reading mine, but I can read theirs) so I don't hand write anything if I can avoid it.

Mar 10, 2017 10:23 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Not as much as I should have.

 

 

Mar 10, 2017 09:40 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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nice gesture.

Mar 10, 2017 09:17 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I can honestly say, I have never sent hand written note cards nor thank you cards to clients, vendors or others with whom I've met.... that was always too time consuming.... I was always a listing agent.... my referral network was strong and continues to be...I now refer everything to my daughter....

Mar 10, 2017 08:48 AM
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Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I do send hand written notes, but am not consistent enough. I always include business cards.

Mar 10, 2017 08:37 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I do send handwritten notes dalily. Rarely do I send a business card to a closed client since I am primarily expressing gratitude.

Mar 10, 2017 07:57 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I do send hand written notes ... I do not include a business card. If I am sending a thank you or other hand written note to someone ... they know who I am ... they know what I do ... and they know how to reach me. No need to dress down a thank you note with a business card. 

Mar 10, 2017 07:54 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
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I wish that I could say that I did.

Good intentions but seldom do send any.

Mar 10, 2017 07:45 AM
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JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

Yes, handwritten notes. They know who the card is from so it is not necessary to include a business card. 

Mar 10, 2017 07:44 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Business cards when needed....

Mar 10, 2017 07:29 AM