4 More Handwritten Thank You Notes out the Door Tomorrow

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Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977

4 More Handwritten Thank You Notes out the Door Tomorrow

 

I closed on another property this afternoon, and as I always do I hand-wrote thank you notes to the special people who made this all happen, to let them know how much I appreciated their assistance in getting this property closed in less than 30 days, with a few hurdles along the way.

 

Solutions Real Estate Thank You NoteI strongly believe there’s something special about a handwritten “thank you” in today’s age of email, texting, voice mail and mass produced newsletters and postcards.

 

So I write notes weekly, for closings as well as for other business reasons to thank people in a variety of ways.

 

If you are not taking advantage of the unique power of a hand written thank you note, here are some ways you can use them:

 

·        A note to a vendor

·        A thank you to an escrow or title person for their assistance

·        A note of appreciation to the agent on the other side of the transactional fence, letting them know how much I appreciated their professionalism

·        Coupled with a gift, a major thank you to the client for the pleasure of doing business with them and best wishes in their new home

 

No doubt you can think of many more.


A personal handwritten note shows you care, and that you have taken a few moments to show your appreciation for something someone has done, whether significant or not.

 

The personal nature takes your thank you to a far higher level, and it WILL be remembered, as you will. It can be personalized stationery, a simple beautiful card or a basic “thank you” card with no embellishments.

 

It’s not about what the card looks like, or how fancy it is, but that you took time to say thank you in a very personal way.

 

How many thank you cards did YOU send out this week?

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Rainmaker
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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Jeff, I received one of your hand-written notes.  I do sent thank you notes. I recently sent one to my eye doctor and thanked her for providing me with such great care.  She said she had never received a thank you card from a patient. It really left an impression on her.  Great post - a good reminder to us all!

Jun 28, 2014 06:26 AM #34
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Pamela Seley
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It's nice to receive hand written notes, and better to send them. I haven't sent any out this week, but I agree thank you notes help build relationships. 

Jun 28, 2014 07:24 AM #35
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Nina Hollander
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I do the same, Jeff, and also post-closing to my clients. People respond wonderfully to hand-written notes.

Jun 28, 2014 07:56 AM #36
Rainer
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David Rod
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This is a great habit to have, thanks for sharing! 

Jun 28, 2014 08:05 AM #37
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Lottie Kendall
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Jeff, I'm not at all surprised to learn you consistently send hand-written thank you notes. They generate a ton of good will. I try to remember to write the painter, cleaner, stager, gardener -- the people who often get overlooked! (They get invited to my appreciation parties, too.)

Jun 28, 2014 08:13 AM #38
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Claude Labbe
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I did 3 this week, though I need to consistently do more than that.

Thank you for asking..

Jun 28, 2014 08:31 AM #39
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Raul - and no doubt many of us support Hallmark substantially

Melissa - and it makes us stand out a bit more, too

Ella - just add it to you To Do list. I do them right after closing - it's become a habit. Other ones are not quite as consistent

Marie - I know I appreciate getting them

Richie - it's just about being courteous and most appreciate that

Tammy - but you liked getting them didn't you! Sorry to make you feel badly

Bruce - that's a great story. I bet there are tons of people who don't get TY cards but would truly appreciate them

Tom - well now you can fix it! Just start doing one now and then and it will get easier

Suzie - I think for most of us it would have to be in the plan or we might not do it

Kathy - it takes about 3 minutes to write, seal, stamp and address. Not much longer than sending an email.

Jeff

 

Jun 28, 2014 09:06 AM #40
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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
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Jeff, this is something I need to expand upon. I do write notes to my buyers/sellers, but I need to pick up those who help me along the way. Thanks for the reminder.

Jun 28, 2014 09:31 AM #41
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Catherine Ulrey
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I use to do this.  I have got to get back into it.  I LOVE receiving them, so I am sure others do to.

Jun 28, 2014 10:56 AM #42
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Ed Silva
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Jeff, if I were to try and do a hand written note, they would think they were getting a prescription

Jun 28, 2014 11:20 AM #43
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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
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I needed that kick in the you know where.  I bought a box of thank you cards several weeks ago and they still are on my desk.

Jun 28, 2014 12:06 PM #44
Rainer
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IRMA Beltran
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Sending thank you notes is a habit we should all do but unfortunately procrastinate.

Have a Blessed Day!!!!

Jun 28, 2014 12:20 PM #45
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

In a world where texting seems to rule the day, there is something so special about the handwritten word.  I know when I receive cards with it, they almost feel luxurious.  

Jun 28, 2014 12:50 PM #46
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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
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Jeff.  Oh so true and I need to focus again a bit more.  Joe Pryor you comment of "when you receive one you really get it"  I have received roses only once in my life.  Many decades ago yet I still remember the young ladies name and how special it was to me.

Jun 28, 2014 01:02 PM #47
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
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I'm pretty religious about handwritten thank-you's.

 

Love and light,

Laura

Jun 28, 2014 03:10 PM #48
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Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
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I've dabbled with thank you cards a couple of times in my career.  Now I just send out thank you emails to my title people, my lenders, etc.  I do send my clients a nice care package after the closing, but no cards.  Good for you for doing your thing!  

Jun 28, 2014 09:25 PM #49
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Dan - wow, I'm impressed.

Evelyn - sounds like you had a great habit. Hope you get back to it

Tammie - another believer!

Margaret - hope it's a good reminder

Juli - agreed, and apart from just being a very nice thing to do that's another good reason

Russell - my hndwriting is not good, either, but I dont think that matters much.

Martha - it IS worth the time investment, which is pretty small overall

Jeff

Jun 29, 2014 12:59 AM #50
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Morris Massre
Pembroke Pines, FL
Real Estate Instructor Broward County Florida

You are correct.  There is nothing more impressive than a thank you note.  It's incredibly thoughtful and people take note of it. 

Jun 29, 2014 03:00 AM #51
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
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Jeff,  I agree, nothing is more appreciated than a handwritten note.  Nowadays it also makes you stand out considerably.

Jun 29, 2014 08:42 AM #52
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Praful Thakkar
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Jeff, I have learned a lot from San Diego - and Brian Buffini!

It's 50 personal thank you notes a month and business grows year after year after year... (and then 50 notes are nor enough!)

Jun 29, 2014 09:04 AM #53
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