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Liz and Bill Spear
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Tony, I was a Christian long before I was a real estate agent so my answer might be a bit biased.  It's an integral part of who we are.  I don't think twice about writing a post that invites people looking for a church home on Easter to come visit our church for services.  I obviously work with all religions and enjoy the learning that comes with it.  I've had people hire us specifically because they knew we were Christians, and perhaps we've had people choose not to contact us for the same reason.  I can live with either outcome as long as I'm being true to my Faith.  Bill

Apr 03, 2017 11:50 AM
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Richard Weeks
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Go to Matthew 10:32 for your answer.

Apr 03, 2017 11:35 AM
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Jeff Pearl
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I just don't discuss or mix religion or politics with work. Different people will react in different ways to your greeting. We don't send out Easter greeting cards.

Apr 03, 2017 11:49 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Tony,

I thought you wrote it from your heart.  Some people may take offence and some may not. In our commercial real estate practice in West Los Angeles, we had clients who celebrated Passover, those who celebrated Persian New Year, etc.  We would wish them a happy (according to their beliefs)__________usually in person.  It was well received.  We did not send cards or emails out.  A

Apr 03, 2017 11:02 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
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     Praise the Lord for your courage, Tony.  More Christians should stand up for the Faith.   Many will be blessed by your message.  If some are offended; they can ignore it and move on. 

Apr 03, 2017 04:30 PM
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Eve Alexander
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I would not send that, as I went to a catholic school and do not like anyone preaching religion.

This is a business and I am interested only in your real estate knowledge.

Eve

Apr 03, 2017 10:49 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
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You are who you are and that includes your faith. I win business because of mine and sure I lose some too.

Apr 03, 2017 07:51 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Can I just say I'm with Liz and Bill Spear on this?  I thought it was beautifully written, Tony Lewis!

Apr 03, 2017 02:35 PM
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Lyn Sims
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I wouldn't be offended but I always try to be neutral everything. That is not neutral IMHO.

Apr 03, 2017 12:23 PM
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Cody Carmen
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I think sharing faith, from a purely professional standpoint, really comes down to your individual business, niches, etc. For some people a post like this would help or do nothing to their business. It could possibly hurt some people. I guess my main point is, I don'y know if any of us here know your business enough to give advice other than "I would do this", which loops back around to knowing the people we work with.

I would say that at the very least you clearly took a respectful, open tone that is likely the best way to convey this message if one chooses to do so.

Apr 03, 2017 10:44 AM
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Kasey & John Boles
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I think it's perfectly fine Tony Lewis.  We shouldn't need to hide who we are.  BTW, I just realized you work in Valencia/Santa Clarita.  I lived there for 6 years and went to Master's :-) -Kasey

Apr 03, 2017 02:35 PM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
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People who are offended are those not worth working with. 

Apr 03, 2017 12:17 PM
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Mick Michaud
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That is a personal choice and I applaud you for it.  Just realize that while some will be drawn to you for your views/beliefs, others will be repelled. 

Make your stand on whatever principals you have and don't waiver. 

My 2c worth.

God bless.

Apr 03, 2017 11:57 AM
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Noel Mayer
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Happy Easter To Tony & Dani Lewis

Apr 03, 2017 11:30 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
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No I wouldn't-but I wouldn't-not saying you shouldn't. I appreciate your heartfelt sentiments. But, this is business.

Now, unless you only want faith based clients? Then alienate away.

Here's where we differ (in opinion only)...

1.Preach with your feet, not your mouth (or blog).

2. As a Catholic-Christian, I disagree with your opinion on Easter over Christmas and now what do we do?

3. Imagine I'm your client and put more value on Christmas than Easter... so now I can't work with you?

Now ultimately I don't give a rip who you pray to, sleep with or vote for, but you asked, I gave you my honest answer. By the way, we're cool, because honestly, I really don't give a rip who you pray to, sleep with or vote for; if you are good people, you're good with me.

Apr 03, 2017 06:45 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
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Tony and Dani I don't know why anybody would be offended that you sent it to as they know you both and hire you because of who you are.  Personally I don't talk religion or politics in business but that's just me. Do what feels right to you. It's a lovely note and you two are lovely people!

Apr 03, 2017 03:32 PM
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Barbara Todaro
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I think it would be a wise decision to keep religion and politics out of any and all forms of communicating with existing and potential clients....

Apr 03, 2017 02:09 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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I think it's really a personal choice. It's just not something I would choose to do. I don't send Easter cards or emails.

Apr 03, 2017 01:30 PM
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Caroline Gerardo
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Happy Easter may this post bring you and all who touch your lives be joyful

Apr 03, 2017 11:45 AM
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
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I don't mind a Happy Easter, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or whatever... Let your light shine!

Apr 03, 2017 11:06 AM
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Michael Jacobs
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It's not my style but your post is genuine and I think that is important.   

Apr 04, 2017 01:04 AM
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William Feela
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Those that don't want to look at religion don't hae to read. It is part of you and sharing it is just fine

Apr 03, 2017 08:12 PM
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Bob Crane
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Easter is the most important Holiday, shout it from the mountaintops.

Apr 03, 2017 08:10 PM
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No, I would not for many reasons.  By labeling yourself a Christian you may put off potential non-Christian clients, especially those of religions that were persecuted by the Christians (Jews, Muslims, Pagans just to name a few).  Personally, I've met MANY people who go around saying "how Christian they are" and are often FAR from it.  Reminds me of a very bad date I had.  Spent an hour at dinner hearing her talk about how "open and accepting" of Jews and Gays she was and how she hoped they'd accept Jesus in their hearts so they wouldn't burn in hell for eternity.  Yet she saw NO CONTRADICTION there!  Couldn't wait for that date to be over (even though she was seriously hot!).  But I digress...

 

I keep religion and politics out of the discussion because it's easier to appeal towards everyone that way.  Just think, if you were a Christian buyer in the time of Ancient Rome, you wouldn't want to work with a Realtor who was a huge fan of the games (you know, where they fed Christians to the lions for sport).

 

Personally, I like the blog but if it were me I'd take out the "I'm a Christian" part and just make it about the history and significance of Easter.  Maybe expand upon it to include similar holidays from other religions (such as the rebirth celebrations of the Pagans).

Apr 03, 2017 05:56 PM
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I read it . It is fine.

Apr 03, 2017 02:21 PM
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I see nothing wrong with this.  I'm of the opinion that it's a decision someone makes to get offended.  If they don't get offended by my religious beliefs, they'll find something else to get offended about.  Or if they're not the type to take offense (especially since your post is inclusive, clearly heartfelt, and educational), they won't, whether they agree with your personal beliefs or not

Apr 04, 2017 04:51 PM
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Nathan Gesner
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I see no reason why anyone should have to hide who they are.

Apr 04, 2017 05:37 AM
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It's not quite my style--too personal in a public forum for me... and I keep my religious and political leanings out of the public forum... but we do have freedom of expression in this country and if it works for you, so be it. Who am I to tell you otherwise?

Apr 04, 2017 03:54 AM
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I stay out of religion and politics in my business side...too polarizing.

Apr 04, 2017 03:08 AM
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Praful Thakkar
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Tony Lewis - I think it should be okay - though I am a bit more liberal when it comes to religion.

Apr 03, 2017 11:12 PM
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Joe Pryor
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insite is new to me.

Apr 03, 2017 07:52 PM
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Others have answered.

Apr 03, 2017 07:18 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
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In life, sometimes we have to take a stand for many different reasons. In the end, it is your signature, beliefs and stand that counts emphasis on your. In business, I am weary to include politics or religion except in a general way

Apr 03, 2017 02:17 PM
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Joan Cox
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I don't mix real estate with politics or religion and have many clients of different faiths, so would not send anything out.

Apr 05, 2017 06:41 AM
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Tony - I see nothing wrong with what you wrote, but there may be those who may not be interested in it for their own reasons. However, if that is who you are, you will probably attract more like-minded people to work with by posting things like this, which I would think would be good for you.

Apr 04, 2017 11:16 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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Many will be upset by it. We try to avoid religious communications. At Christmas time, I try to determine if my clients are of another faith before sending any holiday greetings.

Apr 04, 2017 01:32 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
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I don't get into religion in any way shape of form with my posts other than to wish happy holdiay when a holiday is near

Apr 04, 2017 11:10 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
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Apr 04, 2017 09:01 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
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I do not believe in censorship.  I believe in communicating from our authentic self.  I am personally mindful about messaging anything in business that is "religious" "political" "sexual" in nature.  It is a personal choice and it works for me. 

Apr 04, 2017 08:39 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Jeff Pearl nailed this one!

Apr 04, 2017 06:44 AM
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You are who you are and beig true to yourself is the main issue!

Apr 04, 2017 06:32 AM
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For your intent, passion, obedience and even calling, you should be applauded.

I left a response on your blog with an alternative.

Apr 04, 2017 06:11 AM
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It's a decision only you can make.

Apr 04, 2017 06:01 AM
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I would recommend being very selective when sending religious messages. They are fine for members of your church.

Apr 04, 2017 05:24 AM