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Just this morning my mail included a message from a fellow copywriter who wanted to sell me a course on Tweeting for leads.It began with “Nowadays us copywriters are being bombarded with…” What? Ouch!! “Nowadays us are?” No, no, no! “Us” is an object, not a subject – and if she’d just removed the...
03/21/2017
Have you ever heard of the Oxford Comma? I don’t think I had, until just a few years ago. Before that I used it without knowing its name.Also known as the serial comma, it is the comma that goes before “and” or “or” in a list of three or more things. For instance, I would use it in a sentence suc...
03/18/2017
Should you mention garbled MLS comments and property descriptions on flyers? Should you alert agents to their spelling, grammar, and word usage errors in blog posts and comments?As everyone knows, grammar errors, misspelled words, typos and garbled sentences found in MLS descriptions are all too ...
03/15/2017
If you're "mature enough," take a break and have some fun.   THE ANSWERS WILL BE ON THE TIP OF YOUR TONGUE, BUT YOU JUST CAN'T QUITE REMEMBER THE CORRECT ANSWER.   DON’T LOOK BELOW FOR THE ANSWERS UNTIL YOU HAVE TRIED TO FIGURE IT OUT.  A TEST FOR 'OLDER' KIDS.   1.  After the Lone Ranger saved t...
03/14/2017
What a fancy word! Where I went to high school, I doubt if even the instructors knew what "participle" meant. And now, after reading Grammar Girl, I still can’t give you a clear definition.But I do know this: If your participle phrases are dangling, you’re confusing – or misleading - your readers...
03/14/2017
Is Probate the Hottest New Real Estate Niche?No – I know it’s not new, but judging from my prospecting letter set sales, it seems like a lot more agents are taking an interest recently. And why not? I wasn’t successful in learning what percentage of homeowners pass away each year, but I’d guess i...
03/09/2017
Several months ago I wrote about a real estate team that sent my son a 9 1/2” X 12” 4-page, full color glossy brochure advertising their services. It was a beautiful looking brochure, but…Almost every paragraph began with the word “We” our “Our,” and nowhere on the entire brochure did it give the...
03/02/2017
Where to start? First of all, I love writing and I’m fascinated by the psychology of marketing. I also love playing with words, fitting them together this way and that until they come together in a clear message that flows well.One of my favorite tasks is writing agent bios, or profiles. I’ve lov...
02/28/2017
This morning's email brought a message "from Amazon" telling me my account had been frozen. I'm leery of anything like that, but the language really gave it away:"We take you to note that your account has been Closed for protection,Where the password was entered more than once In order to protect...
02/25/2017
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This morning I read an Active Rain post filled with impressive statistics about texting.It told how many hours per week the average adult spends texting and said that texts were far more favorably received than emails. It was a promotion for a text-based lead generation service, so perhaps just a...
02/11/2017
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