Do you think the handwritten delivered letter is a thing of the past?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group S-96414

Do you think the handwritten delivered letter is a thing of the past?

I readily admit it.  I am a talk radio junkie.  The radio waves were buzzing early this week with talk of the United States Post Office and it's most recent troubles.    Back and forth went the banter about who really bothers to send US mail anymore.   Most people are sending email, texting, and choosing to do their bills and banking on line.  

Listening with interest, I mentally took inventory of what I have been receiving in the mail lately.   I receive lots of advertisements, the local paper and informational pieces, and magazines that I subscribe to.     Pretty much that's it.   It made me start to wonder if email and all our on line activity has changed our society so much that we don't need to get mail delivered to our door steps anymore.  Has it really become unimportant?Mail Delivery

Then, when I opened the mailbox today, there it was!   An envelope, hand written with no return address on it.    I tossed everything else aside and quickly ripped it open to find a handwritten note from my Uncle thanking me for a gift I had given him last month!     What a nice surprise!  

In fact, I typically have been one to send a note to clients and friends just to say hello and let them know I am thinking of them or to simply thank them for something.  But lately, I have been lazy about doing that relying on shooting off a quick email instead. 

How silly!   If I had received that Thank you note in my email box, I may have not read it, simply hitting the "D" key, loosing  it in the vast sea of advertisements, informational pieces, and other daily email communication.  

But it came via US Post.  It did not get deleted and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing from Uncle Dante and appreciating that he took the time to write me a note!   

What I have realized is that the written, delivered note is not to be forgotten.  Nor should it be replaced by email communication!  While no one would argue that email and online communication is terrific and has made ours lives so much easier,

are we making a mistake by overlooking the power of a handwritten note delivered directly to one's door?

I think so!  In fact, in our business a well written note, even a quick one, sent by US Mail can make us stand out in the crowd.     It most likely will not be overlooked or discarded without being read;  the recipient just might enjoy reading it, even appreciating the fact that they were thought of!    

Do you think the handwritten, delivered letter or note is a thing of the past?



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Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Jim.   Thank you!


Hi Michael.   Agree!


Hi Beverly.    That's kind of funny!   Don't think I have received one of those yet!


Hi Frank.   That does sound like a lot, but I will bet it pays off!


Hi Pam.   What is a "new send out" card?   Like an evite?


Hi Chris and Patty.   Wow.  Now that would not leave my mind either!!


Hi Carrie.   I am going to try too!


Hi Andrew.   Those are letters to cherish.


Hi Gene.   Seriously.  I think mine looks like a child's lately!


Hi Michael.    Agreed!


Hi Jeanne.    Got to love that talk radio.   I sincerely the USPS gets it together.    I don't know how they move it for that small amount of money.    


Thank you all for stopping by to add to this topic.   I appreciate your comments!  







Sep 14, 2011 11:18 AM #89
Ruby Lee Sweeting
Darville Wong Associates Realty Bahamas
Your Bahamas Agent for Relocations & Second Homes

Hi Carol Ann - you are so right - I love to get hand written postal mail (can't recall the last one though) -it is much a thing of the past - so unfortunate!  As of today, I'm bringing 'hand written postal mail back' starting with a few old friends [who likely don't even know me as a real estate agent] and  a few older clients that I need to say hello to.

Thanks for bringing this up and congrats on your feature.

Sep 14, 2011 11:24 AM #90
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL - (561) 716-7824 - CRS, ABR, GRI

Carol Ann,  Everyone loves to receive a handwritten note.  I still send them out.  I think it's much more personal.  Congrats on the feature!

Sep 14, 2011 12:59 PM #91

Good post Carol.  Just by sending a "thank you" note to a couple who attended an Open House I had, earned me a new a client.  I found them a beautiful home.  They were first time home buyers.  I cannot find any better way than to let someone know that you care than to just say...... "thank you."

Lovely day to you!

Sep 14, 2011 03:00 PM #92
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Handwritten is awesome and we all should use it more often...even to family and clients and other potential clients. even a spouse or child once in a while is kind of nice as well...

Sep 14, 2011 03:14 PM #93
Bill Morrow
Keller Williams of Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
Bill Morrow, Associate Broker

I have made a habit of sending HAND WRITTEN notes to new contacts, FSBO's , people who do something nice for me (such as a waitress at the local restaurant), local business people who have been recognized in the news for something and so on.  It is the cheapest advertising I can get.  And yes you do stand out,  Recently I had a contact that I have never met call me for a listing.  When I asked at our first meeting how they came to call me it was because of a congratulatory note (I always include 2 business cards as well) that I had sent to them after being recognized in the local paper for a acheivement. With postage and the cost of the stationary maybe 75 cents , well spent.

Sep 14, 2011 03:23 PM #94
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

There was an editorial cartoon in our local paper today (local papers are on the same endangered list as 6 day per week mail delivery) that showed a smiling postman with his back to a diesel semi truck and trailer bearing down on him. The truck was emblazoned with the signs for FedEx, USP and the word “Internet”.

Sep 14, 2011 03:31 PM #95
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I love handwritten letters.  I still have a few "pen pals" where we almost exclusively communicate this way and I love it, more than the phone, more than facebook, more than email. -Kasey

Sep 14, 2011 05:42 PM #96
Jeff Hollister
Native Californian with 20 years serving OC Buyers & Sellers - San Clemente, CA
Real Estate Broker, Serving Orange County, CA

Very good point, Carol Ann. I agree and need to work on that aspect of my business. Thanks for a nicely written reminder!

Sep 14, 2011 06:58 PM #97
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

I certainly hope not! Hand written notes are like little gifts to be treasured.

When I was in real estate I tried to make it a habit to send thank you notes for any and all kinds of reasons. And sometimes, in response I got a thank you note for the thank you note! It's THAT unusual. 

Sep 14, 2011 07:44 PM #98
Nick Walton
JP & Associates REALTORS® - Frisco, TX
Call 469-556-2393

One thing I remember from my marketing class from RE school was however the instructor made it a practice to get up each morning at 5am and write 10 Hand written notes. I don't know if it was the "hand written note" or the "5am" part that surprised me the most......

Sep 14, 2011 09:18 PM #99
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Ruby.   Thanks for stopping by!


Hi Elyse.    Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!


Hi Anonymous.    Thanks for your comment!   Good day to you too!


Hi Mike.   My Mom used to force us to write them all the time.   They have become a habit.


Hi Bill.   That's a great story and sure makes it worth while!


Hi John.   So sad but maybe true?


Hi Kasey.   Do you save the letters to look back?


Hi Jeff.   Thank you for checking it out!


Hi Marte.   I have a box of letters that I have saved.   I think I am going to dig them out!!


Hi Nick.    I think it is the 5 am part!!


Thank you all for your nice stories and comments.    I appreciate you taking the time to stop by!   Thanks!


Sep 14, 2011 11:28 PM #100
Liane Thomas -Top Listing Agent
BROKER Allison James Estates & Homes BRE 01885684 - Corona, CA
Bringing you Home!

We write handwritten notes to our buyers, sellers, and sphere. It makes a world of difference in our business.

Sep 15, 2011 06:40 AM #101
The Elise Bickel Team
ReMax Select Realty - Pittsburgh, PA
Leasing, Property Management and Sales

Handwritten letters and notes are so important. And even though postage keeps going up, $0.48 isn't much to make a huge impression.

Sep 15, 2011 08:25 AM #102
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Liane.   It does seem to set us apart.   I am all for that!    Thank you for reading!


Hi Weber Team.    You are right.   $.048 isn't too much to make a big impression.    Wow.   I just realized there is no cents key!   :)    Thanks for stopping by.

Sep 15, 2011 08:48 AM #103
Sean Williams
AcklesWilliams of Semonin Realtors - Louisville, KY
Your Louisville Realtor

Nothing beats a handwritten note! It shows your sincerity since you took the time to carefully compose something unique to the other person.

Sep 15, 2011 08:53 AM #104
Joy Carter & Jeff Booker Brother and Sister Team
Keller Williams Parkland/Coral Springs Realty-GreatFloridaHomes Team - Coral Springs, FL
Trust Your Family's Move To Our Expertise!

I am like you - a HUGE Fan of hand written notes.  Notes to say Thank You - Notes to Say, I am Thinking of You, Notes to Say I am Sorry You are Hurting or Sorry if I hurt you.

With email being the easy - hand written notes are the, "SPECIAL"!  Joy

Sep 18, 2011 01:57 AM #105
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Huge fan of hand written notes!  I have seen great results throughout my career using them.

Sep 18, 2011 03:19 AM #106
Jenny Durling
L.A. Property Solutions - Los Angeles, CA
For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758

I think hand written notes are great. I love to get them and I do send thank you notes that way. I only wish my writing looked better than that of a 3rd grader!  LOL!

Sep 18, 2011 07:43 AM #107
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Sean.   Just left some folks.  I am going to shoot them off a couple of thank you's now.  :)


Hi Joy.   I agree!  


Hi Kathy.    The majority think they are a great way of communication.   


Hi Jenny.  If hate to say that this is happening to me!   Too much time at the keyboard!  :)


Thank you all for checking it out and commenting on the subject!   Appreciated!

Sep 18, 2011 08:31 AM #108
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