Three Spam Strikes in One Day and You're Out

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA


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There seems to be a new annoying trend in email marketing which now has me unsubscribing to as many as I have time for. This morning was the last straw. Between 7am and 10:30 am I received 3 copies of the exact same post telling me about a Open House in Leesburg on Bonnie Ridge Rd.
 This isn't the only agent that has been sending out duplicate and triplicate emails.
As you can see in first paragraph, I unsubscribed to whatever company that agents uses to send out this spam.
 I never subscribed to their bs emails to begin with, so I resent that I am being asked to "unsubscibe". Did I unsubscribe by accident?  Hell no, it was deliberate.
Also, why would an agent waste time sending Open House notices to other agents? I have an account at MRIS, and if I have a buyer in that price range, and looking in that area, I will find your listing and open house info in the MLS.
 Also, I normally can  find show instructions listed in the MLS, but in this case, here is what it says under "Show Instructions": "Lockbox-Sentrilock, Sign on Property".
 So what days and what times can agents show this property? Maybe it's the agents own home, but I don't see that mentioned on the listing, and I don't see " appointment only" listed either.
 Anyway, what make this agent thing I need a notice once every hour for 3 hours about an open house?

No Spam

Jeff Pearl | Lic in VA

Remax Distinctive | McLean VA


Homes | Land | Farms | Historic

Equal Housing

Comments (45)

Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I am with you on this one. We have some agents here who email blast everything including new listings which I already see. Annoying is a nice way to put it!

Sep 03, 2014 06:47 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

#24- Hi Robert, I think we all know the feeling.Seems liek i'm deleting more and more each day lately. Thanks.

#25- Hi Gene, Thanks. I use a website called to create text and fonts like that.

#26- Hi Gary, I just don't see the point in email blasting thousands of agents about open houses, price reductions, etc. Thanks.

Sep 03, 2014 06:58 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

The problem is when you need to unsubscribe at least three times before it "takes!" That irritates me even more.

Sep 03, 2014 07:27 AM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs


What do you REALLY think?

Sep 03, 2014 07:34 AM
Raymond Denton
Homesmart / Evergreen Realty - Mission Viejo, CA
Casta del Sol Realtor

When you unsubscribe, it lets the Spammer know somebody really does live at that email address, resulting in lots more Spam.

Sep 03, 2014 07:36 AM
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

I love the pre-sorting gmail does--I remove most spam emails with just a a few keystrokes.  I do a quick visual scan to make sure gmail got it right, then presto, they're gone!

Sep 03, 2014 08:24 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

#28-Hi Nina, It will probably take 3 times anyway before they get the message!

#29- Hi Gretchen and Mel, i think you know the answer to that!

#30- Hi Raymond, in some cases, that's true.

#31- Hi norma, I block some as well, but many still get through. Thanks.


Sep 03, 2014 08:31 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

I don't see why you'd get 3 of the same email, but all members of the MLS in my area are on a mailing list available to any agent, I get it...and I send them. 

Sep 03, 2014 10:01 AM
Bradford Bateman Jr.
Coldwell Banker - Cape Coral, FL
Managing Broker - Coldwell Banker

Forward unwanted or deceptive messages to:

  • the Federal Trade Commission at Be sure to include the complete spam email.
  • your email provider. At the top of the message, state that you're complaining about being spammed. Some email services have buttons that allow you to mark messages as junk mail or report them spam.
  • the sender's email provider, if you can tell who it is. Most web mail providers and ISPs want to cut off spammers who abuse their system. Again, make sure to include the entire spam email and say that you're complaining about spam.

If you try to unsubscribe from an email list and your request is not honored, file a complaint with the FTC.

Sep 03, 2014 12:23 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I have brought this up to other agents in my market and they act shocked, like why wouldn't an agent want to know about a new listing by a specific brokerage...oh let me count the ways! I too belong to the MLS and can find it if I have a buyer in that price range.  All by myself.

Sep 03, 2014 12:59 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

The spam is out of control.  The first thing I do in the morning when I open my email is delete, delete, delete, report spam etc etc etc.

Sep 03, 2014 01:03 PM
Bruce Brockmeier
Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS® - Yorba Linda, CA
Coached By Crouch

Hahaha!  DEATH TO SPAM.  Good idea.

Unfortunately, I've seen reports that 80% to 90% of all emails are spam.

Sep 03, 2014 02:13 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jeff, ideally when you have not subscribed, you should not even receive them. Usually I have seen, I get more emails from the same person after I 'unsubscribe'. So I just report as a SPAM in my gmail! 

Sep 03, 2014 02:17 PM
Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

I try to be nice and unsubscribe from emails first and then I will list them as SPAM. I do get a couple of emails from the same person and it gets annoying, I just delete the duplicate since I may have signed up on their list or a couple of lists.

Sep 03, 2014 04:22 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I don't wait for 3 strikes, I try to get rid of unwanted subscription asap and report it as spam. Some agents are really notorious in using AR, FB, LI, etc. to hook you on their updates. Not nice:(

Sep 03, 2014 05:32 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

#33- Hi karen, I suppose someone can select  how many times and how often they want the emails sent out. Maybe it costs the agent extra? I delete over 90% of them without reading them.

#34- Hi Bradford, thanks. i might start doing that for repeat offenders.

#35- Hi Evelyn, Too many agents think they are being slick and are impressing someone like sellers. They are not.

#36- Hi Joan, I just deleted over 40 this morning. Very annoying. Also installed anther spyware to try to remove cookies and tracking, etc.

#37- HI Bruce, i know it will never die, but I can try!

#38- Hi Praful, I will start reporting more often, if that means sending a letter to the agents and brokers.

#39- Hi Gerard, i do too, but some agents don't understand nice.

#40- Hi Inna, I'm at that point now. i will continue to unsubscribe daily and keep a record of the agents and companies.



Sep 04, 2014 12:12 AM
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life


If you have a buyer, the home will be in your radar as soon as it's in the mls.

AND likewise, I'll presume you've got the same filters set up for your buyers, so they get it just as quickly.

Which just makes me wonder, why does the agent send the email? To tell their seller "oh, I just emailed your home to 14000 other agents"

Sep 04, 2014 03:05 PM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

I doubt the agent proudly proclaims in the listing appointment that they are going to tick off and alienate the majority of agents in the market by sending SPAM!

Sep 05, 2014 01:28 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

#42- Hi Claude, Exactly. I think much email marketing is just a waste. Thanks.

#43- Hi Greg, I'm sure they don't call it " Spam" when they are feeding this marketing tactic to sellers.

Sep 05, 2014 02:56 AM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID

I just found this blog searching for a post that would tell me about canning spam blogs here on ActiveRain.  The report button doesn't appear any more.  Saw three posts I wanted to report this morning.

Jan 22, 2015 05:37 PM