An Internet Thanksgiving Gift

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Managing Real Estate Broker with eXp Realty RB-19250

I am thankful for the same things as most everyone else, family friends, etc.

This morning I logged on to the computer to check e-mail and found something new to be thankful for.  Instead of the usual 100-200 spam messages in the In-Box and junk-folder there were less than 12.  Even the spammers take the holiday off.  Instead of wasting 15 minutes checking my junk folder for an accidental good messages and my In-Box for spams; it took less than 30 seconds.

So they left me with more time for my family and the football games.  For that I am truly thankful.  If I had one wish, that would be for the spammers to take a 4 day weekend like the rest of the world.

 

PS.  About 40 of those daily spams are agents sending me their listings.  Most of them outside the areas I service.

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Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®

Principal Broker, ABR, AHWD, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, SFR

Island Style Realty Inc.

Team Leader - "The Prothero Group"

Randy Prothero is well established as an expert in working with military / VA clients and first time home buyers.  His home seller's (listing) campaign is one of the most aggressive marketing programs in the area.

Based out of Mililani, Hawaii. Randy services the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) Performs mediations and ombudsman services for the Board of Realtors.  To improve overall professionalism in his area Randy also offers classes for real estate agents. 

www.HawaiiRandy.comOahu (Honolulu County) Property Search  Hawaii Military Relocations

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Jeff Belonger
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Randy... how funny... thanks for the laugh..  I found my spam numbers to be down a little.... I guess my system picks up the spammers a little more... but hey, what do I know.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.....

jeff belonger

Nov 27, 2008 03:37 PM #14
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Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Jeff, have you ever noticed that the agents sending you listings and garbage two or three times a day are the very same agents who do not reply to your emails in a timely manner? If they really wanted to sell it, they'd return the email or call. If they can't do that, my buyers just move on to the next house.

Nov 27, 2008 03:41 PM #15
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
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Randy, It sounds like you deserve a holiday from spam. I hope your luck continues...

Nov 27, 2008 03:54 PM #16
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Neal Bloom
eXp Realty - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

Randy,

Even the spammers like a day off when they can just sit around and eat and watch football.:)

Nov 27, 2008 11:10 PM #17
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Jeff - I had a few this morning, but still way down in volume.  I guess they are taking the long weekend.

Maria - I have to say there is one in particular that falls in your category.  I reported her to her broker after I gave up trying to show one of her listings.

Paul - I would love a permanent holiday from spam.  90% of the potential viruses seem to come in on the spams also.

Nov 28, 2008 02:37 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Neal - Is it bad to wish them a case of food poisoning?

Nov 28, 2008 02:38 AM #19
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Robin Rogers
Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas - San Antonio, TX
CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser

Hi, Randy!

Glad you got to enjoy the game! I too have wondered why agents spam me with their listing and open-house announcements, from other states, too. If I had a buyer for their listing, I would be spamming them instead!

Aloha,

Robin

Nov 28, 2008 02:50 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Robin - Even the ones in my market are getting ridiculous. 

One day last week I had about 50MB of attachments sent to my box by agents sending me their flyers.  Are they nuts?  At least send a link if you insist on spamming.  Also clean your computer.  I have had several agents send me e-mails with viruses attached to them.

Nov 28, 2008 03:45 AM #21
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Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Randy- Cute....I hadn't thought of this, but for those of us that use the computer a lot this is indeed something to be thankful for.  Have a great Holiday Week-end....

Nov 28, 2008 05:17 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Kathy - Have a great weekend.

Nov 28, 2008 05:20 AM #23
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Sean Dreznin
NAI Tampa Bay - Sarasota, FL
Commercial Investment Real Estate Agent

I use outlook and I was inundated with spam nonstop.  I found Spamfighter and it is terrific.  Check it out.

Sean

Nov 29, 2008 01:26 AM #24
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Sean - I will have to check it out.  Thank you!

Nov 29, 2008 03:32 AM #25
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Sonja Adams
Samson Proprties - Purcellville, VA

Yep....spam clutters my inbox but I've been slowly getting rid of it...spamfighter sounds like a great tool.

Nov 29, 2008 06:50 AM #26
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Sonja - It is a daily war for me.  I get the same messages sent to each of my e-mail addresses at times multiplying the spams.

Nov 29, 2008 08:11 AM #27
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Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License Number #RS225179L - Downingtown, PA
SRES, e-PRO,ABR,GREEN,CSP

Randy,

 I hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving and that the spammer's stay away.

Nov 30, 2008 03:07 AM #29
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Dan - They seem to have kept it to a minimum all weekend.  Enjoy what is left of the weekend.

Nov 30, 2008 05:01 AM #30
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Greg Wilson
1st Cornerstone Realty - Schaumburg, IL

Well I see you had a good thanksgiving.  I've had to forward my email address to gmail just to be able to turn on spam monitoring.

Dec 02, 2008 12:25 AM #31
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Greg -  It is getting to be a real pain that we have to take evasive actions.

Dec 02, 2008 03:44 AM #32
Rainer
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San Diego, CA

I used to get about 200 emails a day from spammers. However, since I created my own site (russel-ray.com) and use an email address going through my site (russel@russel-ray.com), I get fewer than 10 spam emails a day. I suspect it has something to do with the spam filters of my web site host.

Dec 09, 2008 12:13 PM #33
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Russel - I am also finding I get a lot less through my domain e-mail address.  I have three Roadrunner accounts that I use for different activities and they are getting bombed.

Dec 09, 2008 06:24 PM #34
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