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To continue the fun from Monday's blog where I lectured us on our phone voices, let me offer some more unsolicited feedback...

I get emails from agents all around the country (which I love, keep ‘em coming!). Sometimes I'm so impressed with someone that I want to remember where they work in case I ever need a referral resource* there.

Many of these agents have fancy-schmantzy signatures on their emails, so that's the first place I look. And you know what? Very rarely is the agent's market area mentioned. Oh, I understand why, it doesn't seem like it would be all that important especially since most of your email communication is with people you know who obviously know where you live. But still...

Anyway, if I'm really impressed with someone and have a few minutes to spare, I'll click on their website link, if provided, to learn more about them. And I tell ya' - an awful lot of you do not make it clear on your homepage where the heck you sell real estate! Oh, there might be a picture of a skyline (which likely isn't much help) and I've even seen sites with a physical address that DOESN'T INCLUDE THE CITY AND STATE! Phone numbers - yes - and if I'm familiar with the area code, it might mean something to me, but don't count on it.

If you communicate via email with people outside your market area, you might consider including your city & state in your email signature. And definitely take a look at your website to ensure that it's awfully darn clear where you sell real estate!

Lecture Over. Happy Friday!


*To alleviate this anguish in the future, I'm in the process of creating an SWS Referral Network - it'll be free, but anyone who joins must agree to a SWS Code of Ethics (of sorts). The Network will be open to both agents (i.e. agent-to-agent referrals) as well as to the general public. Stay tuned!

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  1. Bob Volanti 05/01/2009 04:48 PM
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Rosa Updale
Appleseed Group - Staten Island, NY
Associate Broker

Looking forward to your SWS Referral Network.  Good Luck

May 01, 2009 03:46 AM #1
Tim Monciref - Austin, TX
Over 2,000 homes sold…..

Very good point. 

Austin, Texas, Austin, Texas, Austin, Texas, Austin, Texas, Austin, Texas, Austin, Texas, Austin, Texas, Austin, Texas, Austin, Texas, Austin, Texas, Austin, Texas, Austin, Texas....or there abouts.

Just havin' fun with ya.......

May 01, 2009 03:47 AM #2
Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn
Sell with Soul - Pensacola Beach, FL
Author of Sell with Soul

Got it, Tim. I think.

Rosa - Thanks!

May 01, 2009 03:56 AM #3
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

I'm going to check our site next just to make sure the city and state are readily visible. 

May 01, 2009 04:24 AM #4
Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

All good reasons to have someone from the outside looking in to critique  your web site etc... Things you dont often think about because they seem so obvious when you are in your own little bubble!

May 01, 2009 04:26 AM #5
Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate

Jennifer - You've made a good point...Now, I'm going to make sure my website is clear.  :)

May 01, 2009 07:40 AM #6
Sabrina Kelley
ERA Herman Group Real Estate - Woodland Park, CO
Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land

I am off to post my Phone number at the top of my website. Love the insight.

May 01, 2009 09:41 AM #7
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

It seems so simple, and yet...we often miss the little things!  Great suggestion, thanks.

May 01, 2009 09:42 AM #8
Thomas E. Elder
Mortgage Broker Compliance Consultants - Forest Hill, MD
Founder, Mortgage Broker Compliance Consultants

As always great advice.  Thanks

May 01, 2009 02:41 PM #9
Lisa Arnold
Weichert Realtors/Forked River - Forked River, NJ

I think I just put Ocean County on my website, but not NJ. I'll have to check that in the AM.  Thanks!

May 01, 2009 04:24 PM #10
Lisa Wetzel
RE/MAX Realty Affiliates - Carson City, NV
CDPE, SFR carsonvalleyland.com

One of my Pet Peeves!  Even in my local area - which consists of many cities - agents forget to put the city in their ad so we are constantly searching to find out exactly where a property is located!

May 02, 2009 03:58 AM #11
Carol Lee
Dilbeck Real Estate - Oak Park, CA
Realtor - Agoura, Oak Park, Westlake CA Homes

Wow!   I had to go and check my web site to see!  I have the towns I work in, but not the State!  Never thought of it!

May 05, 2009 09:43 AM #12

Good point - also thought you would be interested to know that there are international readers. Signing off from Tasmania, Australia.

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