What Does Your Email Name Say About You?

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

What Does Your Email Name Say About You?

Back in the day, when I first started on line with the old "chat room" style of getting used to the internet, I paid particular attention to what a person was trying to say with their email moniker.   email names, what does your email say about you

That old habit of paying attention to the name sent the red flags up today!   I received an email request for information on a rental property I have listed at 51 Hewes Street in Cumberland RI.    It came from ......      SueMe@blahblahblah.com

In reality, I didn't actually pay much attention to the name until I copied and pasted it into the address line of my email.   


I thought, are you kidding me right now? really?    This can't be.   Some one is really pulling my leg and you know what?   I don't want to go there.    Who would want to show this person a house???

What's an agent to do?    In this case, I responded to the email in a very professional way, asking "SueMe" to call if they are interested in the property.   I don't suspect I will get a call back.   

But what if the email moniker was more, well, freaky.   Would I respond?   Would you?

Hello folks. 

I have to protect myself and the people I represent.   I need you to talk to me... not just email... and if you do, consider the story your email or name tells.   

Moral to the Story.   While it is cute and fun to have an off beat name, when responding to and expecting a response to an on line inquiry, one might want to think what  subliminal message your email name gives off.    Sure, it is always fun to be quirky and cute, but if you are applying for a job or an apartment or answering a house ad, anything serious, you might want to consider that your email address is not just your best foot forward, it's your ONLY foot forward!  

Be cutesy after the fact... but get in the door.   People do not get in the door by scaring people!



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Carol Ann Palmieri

About the Author

Carol-Ann Palmieri is a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 25 years along with her partner Al Mussi have helped literally hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.
Carol Ann Palmieri

A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education.

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Comments (32)

Michael J. Gallo
Florida Luxury Realty - New Port Richey, FL
Florida Luxury Realty - Gulf Home Sales Team

I saw an email for an agent that was "blondedoubled at hot mail" That must look awesome on her marketing material....Not. 

Jul 17, 2013 12:04 AM
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

I'm fond on the cutesy email names for many leads - clearly intended to tell me they have no interest in being contacted.

Jul 17, 2013 12:42 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

On more than one occasion when I get a call about a property and ask for the e-mail address if I hear the long pause then I know whats coming.  If they're so embarrased then why don't they change it?  When I get a message from Marilyn Monroe about a property search I know that my next step is to hit the delete button.

Jul 17, 2013 01:07 AM
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Al and Cal great post and very interesting today an email with the email blahblahblah so how is one to repond to that email inquiry? No phone number nothing else but blah blah blah crazy but it happens.

Jul 17, 2013 01:14 AM
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

We look at it because we are professionals. Doesn't work in our business. Those kind of email address are fake lots of times.

Jul 17, 2013 01:26 AM
Trisha Bush-LeFore
Preferred Properties Land & Homes - Walla Walla, WA
Providing Realtor Services in the Walla Walla Area

I never stopped being shocked by all the outrageous email names there are out there. But then again, I feel very good about someone inquiring about a house whose email is ***bradybunch*****@hotmail.com. You're right. It does say a lot about you.

Jul 17, 2013 04:05 AM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Carol Ann: The odd, rude, or ridiculous email names get deleted as quickly as I see them.  Most of the time they are bogus accounts anyway.

Jul 17, 2013 04:21 AM
Jason Lindstrom
eXp Realty - Las Vegas, NV
Your Las Vegas Real Estate & Community Connection

Hi Carol-Ann

Such a great point. We know an agent who uses their phone number in their email address. Pretty creative. Thanks for your time and powerful message.

Jul 17, 2013 05:08 AM
Holly Weatherwax
Associate Broker, Momentum Realty - Reston, VA
A Great Real Estate Experience

Good point...I think a lot of folks picked their email address back when no one was sure if this internet thing would 'take.'  It might be time for an update!

Jul 17, 2013 05:13 AM
Phil Stevenson, CRMP
PS Mortgage Lending 305-791-4874 or 888-845-6630 - Miami, FL
"Mortgage Nerd" in Miami, Florida and Texas

Carol Ann,

Email addresses are one of those things that sometimes you pick and then forget about, unless you do a brand new account. Some definitely need an upgrade because they aren't just weird, cutesy or unprofessional, they're just rude. 

Jul 17, 2013 05:22 AM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert


Congrats on the Featured post and your blog has a really good point and message. Sometimes I cannot believe how stupid some folks are with what they do. Email name is another in a long line of dumb things some folks do as they think it is smart or something? 

Jul 17, 2013 05:36 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

We are in a serious business dealing with serious assets for people. I don't believe in being cute under these circumstances. I believe in being professional and business-like.

Jul 17, 2013 05:51 AM
Marnie Matarese
Showing you the best of Sarasota!

Some of the website lead emails I receive are almost scary and many border on vulgar.  I pick and choose which ones to respond to and some of them are so cute or inventive that I use their appeal in my response to find common ground with the emailer.

Jul 17, 2013 06:26 AM
Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker - Naples, FL

Carol Ann, I have noticed some folks use the email addresses like old CB Handles, it is silly in today's world of business, congrats on the feature!

Jul 17, 2013 11:19 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Some people still use their original email address for personal emails.  I have friends who are CEOs and judges that have addresses that could be refreshed.

Jul 17, 2013 12:43 PM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Dee.  I use my name too.  


Hi Richie.  I hadn't thought of that.  Thanks for opening my eyes.  


Hi Michael.  Eye catching for sure!  :)


Hi Bryan.   For sure! 


Hi Chris and Dick.   haha.   What do people think?  


Hi Laura.    Crazy stuff.   :)


Jul 17, 2013 01:07 PM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Bill.   Why do they bother?


Hi Trish.    A lot of times you can tell how old some one is by the numbers they plug in too.   :)


Hi Anita.  Again, why do they bother?   Would love to know.  


Hi Jason.   I kind of like that idea.  


Hi Holly.   I agree.


Hi Phil.     I think you might be right!



Jul 17, 2013 01:13 PM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Bob.  My sentiments exactly!


Hi Nina.   Agreed!


Hi Marnie.   I am hitting the D on emails that make me feel uneasy.


Hi Christine.  Funny, I was thinking of those old CB handles when I wrote this.   Thanks.


Hi Sharon.   After reading these comments, I think it might be common unless you are using email for business.

Jul 17, 2013 01:17 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Al and Cal, point well taken although I have a few in my inbox that are creative from "back in the day" and will remain with their owners forever.  Before email we may have wondered "What's in a name?" now it's "In your face!"

Jul 20, 2013 01:05 PM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Kevin.  True!

Jul 22, 2013 09:49 PM