Yes, people do judge you by your grammar

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Dear Bloggers,

Please proofread. People will judge you by your ability to use the written English language appropriately. 


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Here are some common mistakes I've seen around AR:

  • you're and your - "You're" is a contraction for "You are" and "Your" is a possessive pronoun. For example, "Be happy when you're selling your home."
  • its and it's - "It's" means "It is." If your sentence would make sense with "it is," then you can use "it's." If not, then use "its."  "Look at that dog! It's wagging its tail!"
  • two, too, and to - The word "two" is a number. The word "too" means the same thing as "also." And the word "to" can be used for everything else. As in "I know two ways to sell homes, too." 
  • their, there, and they're - "Their" is possessive, as in "Their house is cute." "There" is a direction, as in "There is their house." "They're" is a contraction for "They are," as in "There is their house. It looks like they're home."


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Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Wayne,  I taught grammar in middle school.  It does stick out like a neon sign when reading an AR post filled with careless errors.

Sep 13, 2012 04:03 AM #62
Julie Baldino
Front Door Realty - Vancouver, WA
Opening Doors to New Chapters...

Love this.... one of my pet peeves is when people use "advise" when they mean "advice".

Sep 13, 2012 04:20 AM #63
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

We all do make mistakes - and here on a blog they aren't quite a serious as when they appear in a brochure or on a sign.

I once went along with a friend to buy boxes for her business. A huge sign outside said "Get all you're boxes here!" Oooohh!

Misused words always stick out like sore thumbs too. I see rein and reign mixed up quite often, and right and write, but a funny one I caught this week read:


"Replace the headshot photo with one that shows you laughing, or wearing a crazy hat, or with your hair died."

That was a new one for me.

Seriously, I think a lot of these mistakes come from using voice recognition software and not going back to check what it wrote. My husband likes to "read TV" because he's hard of hearing. Some of the things that go across the screen turn a news show into a comedy.

Sep 13, 2012 05:55 AM #64
Sylvia Jonathan
Coldwell Banker Platinum Properties - Irvine, CA
Broker Associate, SFR

Newsflash for people who rely on spellcheck: It will not catch misappropriated terms and words. You actually have to know the difference between their and they're, its and it's, etc.


Sep 13, 2012 07:28 AM #65
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team
Hi Wayne and Jean, when we read some of these we are "like" don't "like" these people know to "like" talk? Lol
Sep 13, 2012 08:47 AM #66
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Oh goodness, don't get me started. We're & were is one mistake I see fairly often. And I sometimes see people mix up sale and sell. "I'm going to sale my house" for instance, and "Is that house for sell?"

Sep 13, 2012 10:25 AM #67
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Wayne & Jean:  Often just using Spell Check is not enough.  If you write in the wrong word, and that word is spelled correctly, obviously... Spell Check won't catch it.  That is why after every comment I write, and then submit... I re-read it slowly before I go on to the next post. 

I want to make sure I have not missed a word, double-typed a word, or put in the wrong word.  Then, I correct it, hit submit again, and re-read it again.

Sometimes doing it right takes time... but it's worth it.

Sep 13, 2012 10:43 AM #68
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Marte:  Maybe those folks whose hair "died" were Grateful Dead fans.  You know... Dead Heads.  LOL.

And if those same folks "died" their hair... would that make them "died Dead Heads?"  Oy.

Sep 13, 2012 10:48 AM #69
Linda S. Cefalu, Broker Assoc.
Coldwell Banker Homesale Realty - Hales Corners, WI
I'll Take You Home

You are exactly write, I mean rite, I mean right.  Fantastic post!

Sep 13, 2012 10:59 AM #70
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I see misspelled words and bad grammar on posts, and sometimes if I haved time will send an email to the writer.  I know that when I go back and read some of my older post....I sometimes find an error and will fix it and wonder how I missed it ... oh well we are just human aren't we :)

Sep 13, 2012 11:54 AM #71
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I catch myself doing these things.  What worries me is when I don't catch myself.

Sep 13, 2012 01:25 PM #72
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Agreed.  I hate the auto spell feature on my iPad... yes, that is the reason for most of my wrong syntax.

Sep 13, 2012 10:36 PM #73
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you for this post.  I can't count how many errors I see on a daily basis.  Reading this post I now realize I'm more of a stickler than I thought, but at least I'm not alone!

Sep 14, 2012 05:02 AM #74
Alan Grizzle
Chestatee Real Estate - Dahlonega, GA
Full Time Realtor, Lifelong Resident of Dahlonega
Each of us has our strong points and weaknesses. Grammar and spelling are certainly not strong points for me.
Sep 15, 2012 12:30 AM #75
Theresa Montgomery, YAZL
NBAndrews & Associates - Mesa, AZ

Proper grammar is very important, and it definitely relects on a person's professionalism.

Oct 31, 2012 03:28 PM #76
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

I ain't got no problem with my grammer. I lerned it in skool.

Nov 29, 2012 10:39 AM #77
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I haven't read through all the comments, but as much as I try not to judge, I do.  Sometimes they are honest mistakes, but sometimes it is obvious.  Of course I have typos all over the place, but when I find them it drives me crazy and I'm embarrased that people have read it.  Always tell me if I have a grammar, spelling or typo mistake!  I probably have one in this comment since it's about 12:15am :-) Kasey

Jan 09, 2013 03:17 PM #78
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide
Oh my, I think I need to go back to grammar school.
Jan 09, 2013 03:31 PM #79
Tamara Inzunza
RE/MAX Executives - Alexandria, VA
Close-In Alexandria and Arlington Living

Great advice, but that handy dandy spell checker won't catch everything.  The most common goof that I make is form/from.  Always have to double check myself when I write that word.

Jan 11, 2013 12:56 AM #80
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

dang rite...

My mother always thought that the English language was difficult because there were too many ways of spelling the same word...

many other languages are pronounced just like they are written...and written just like they sound.


Eve in Orlando

Jan 11, 2013 01:20 AM #81
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