How's Your Handwriting?

Real Estate Agent with Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group S44645

I have been in some great training classes in the past year.  I am amazed at the difference of opinion that most of the "experts" have about what works best to market to your database.  Some say that direct mailers are a waste of money, while others tout that if you are consistent, you will get name and brand recognition and eventually the business will come.  Others are all for the handwritten past clients, for birthday cards, for communicating with the other agent or any of your affiliates as well.  I see many agents cringe at the thought of handwriting anything.


Penmanship is not nearly as important in school.  And let's face it, when I write in cursive, my teenage kids need me to decipher it for them to understand.  They think that it is some weird secret language.  So it is not surprising that thank you notes and other handwritten items have gone by the wayside, especially for younger agents that did not grow up valuing their handwriting skills.  Many people only know how to sign their name in cursive, beyond that, it is all printing.  


handwritten note


I have received contracts from other agents that are illegible. So much so, that I am required to request that they re-send their offer typed instead.  And we cannot blame it on the method that the contract was sent, because there is no fax machine line or other issue that affects the writing.  


I get so excited to get something other than bills and junk mail anymore.  I remember a personal note or card.  Many people feel the same way.  On the other hand, I don't even look at the jumbo postcards for political elections or furniture stores or even real estate agents...they go directly into the recycling bin without a cursory glance.  So there is no name or brand recoginition from me. 


Anyway, I think that I have an advantage with my pretty handwriting, so I am going to focus on sending personal notes and cards to my sphere and to everyone that I work with.  How about you?   


Keep smiling!








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Karen Feltman, REALTOR®, ABR, AHS, CHMS,                                                                      CNE,CRS, e-Pro, green, GRI, SRES, TRC

Keller Williams Legacy Group

4850 Armar Drive SE Ste B

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403


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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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They do not practice penmanship anymore. Just chicken scratches. Especially it is mostly keypads.  Had a car towed and the driver came in with an iPhone.... Please sign it here. Please approve it there. Please give reviews.....

Never saw a piece of paper.

Jan 05, 2019 05:09 PM #1
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

I still like to write. My cursive is pretty good IF I take my time. But many years ago I learned to print legibly and I can do it fast.  I write myself notes. Then I go back and read them, no problem.

Jan 05, 2019 05:41 PM #2
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I agree you have an advantage if you have nice handwriting, sadly I do not, hence that is one disadvantage I have to overcome, Endre

Jan 05, 2019 06:04 PM #3
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Great idea!!!

Anyway, I think that I have an advantage with my pretty handwriting, so I am going to focus on sending personal notes and cards to my sphere and to everyone that I work with

Jan 05, 2019 06:24 PM #4
Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
HomeSmart - Phoenix, AZ


Thank you for sharing. Know what you mean, I cannot read most peoples penmanship.

Fortunately many people say I write like a woman. my Dad was my teacher the first 5 years. 

I am quite proud of my penmanship


Jan 05, 2019 07:02 PM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I've been doing handwritten personal notes and cards for donkey's years. And my penmanship is nothing to write home about (no pun intended) since arthritis hit my thumb. Nonetheless, I continue... personal notes a very impactful.

Jan 06, 2019 07:45 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Karen. My handwriting leaves a lot to be desired but contracts were always typed.

Jan 06, 2019 08:20 AM #7
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