It Is Time To Update My Blog Signature!!!

Mortgage and Lending with George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages NMLS #65149

Craig Daniels and Eileen Burns are challenging us to refresh/update our blog signatures in this months ActiveRain Challenge.  I did not think I was going to have time to participate in this challenge, BUT as you will see below, my blog signature was in SERIOUS need of being redone.

In Craig's blog announcing this challenge, Craig provides both written instructions, and video instructions.  I choose the video instructions, because I could see what he was doing as I followed along.  Craig's instructions are so easy that even I was able create a new blog signature without much effort.  In other words, it was very easy.  What took me the longest was playing around with my new blog signature to get it to look the way I wanted.  I have not completely accomplished that yet, and will continue to think of ways I can make it better.  It is like my new blog signature needs something else, but I can not put my finger on it.  By the way I am open to suggestions, so feel free to make suggestions in your comment blew, or send me an e-mail with them.  One of the things I did in the new blog signature was to make it easy for people to e-mail me by creating a link to my e-mail.  This was one of the suggestions Craig made in his instructions.  However, I have gotten my new blog signature to a point I am satisfied enough with it, and feel comfortable enough with it to adopt it and go live with it.

In my new blog signature I wanted to keep the information in the old one, BUT I wanted to make it easier to read, and add all of my contact information in a way it would be all in one place, and easy to link to.  I believe my new blog signature does both of those things.

My social media presents has been very limited for a while now, and I hope to change that in 2022.  There are a couple of other sites I need to start using, like Instagram, and YouTube.  The use of video has become a major tool even in the Lending Industry in not only reaching out to our clients, but in also finding new ones.  I hope I can achieve this both of these goals this year, but the proof will be in the pudding as the saying goes.

Below are my before and after blog signatures.  As you can see anything would be better, and an improvement to my previous blog signature.

                               Before                                                           After




It is hard to see the wording in the "Before" snapshot, but is the the same as what is written below the "About George Souto" in the "After" snapshot.

I would like to thank Craig and Eileen for coming up with this challenge, and motivating me to make a much, much needed update to my blog signature.  I hope others like myself who have been putting off updating their blog signature will take this opportunity to participate in this months ActiveRain challenge, and update their blog signature as well.


Posted by

George Souto
NMLS# 65149

C (860) 573-1308
CALL 7 Days/Wk
Fax (860) 760-6891

Email Me
About Me
My Blog

I am a Mortgage Loan Officer who can assist you with all your mortgage & refinancing needs in
CT, RI, MA, NH, and a FL Licensed Lender

I can assist you with your Conventional,
FHA, CHFA, VA, USDA, & 203K loan programs.

I reside in Middlesex County which includes Middletown, Middlefield, Durham, Cromwell, Portland, Haddam. E. Haddam, Higganum, Chester, Essex, Deep River.


Comments (16)

Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Very well-done George. A lot of people are taking the incentive to update the signatures with the challenge

Mar 24, 2022 05:30 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi George- good job!!! I completed mine today and will post it tomorrow. It was easy with Craig Daniels's video!!!

Mar 24, 2022 05:57 PM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Hi George, I like your new one better, but maybe list on the right as all of the information is jumbled up and tight....difficult to read and does not jump out at one. For example:

Licensed in:

#CT, #RI, #MA, #NH, & a #FL

Licensed Lender who can assist you with your:

#FHA, #Conventional, #VA, #USDA, and #State Bonded Progam #mortgage needs

...and so on

Mar 24, 2022 06:53 PM
George Souto

Jeff, thank you for the suggestions.  I will consider them as I continue to revise my blog signature.

Mar 25, 2022 08:15 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Hi, George Souto,

Your new AR signature is quite an improvement over the old one. I have not tried the challenge and time is running out. Two reasons to update my signature: 1) this month's challenge and 2) I am sure my current signature could benefit from updating.

Mar 24, 2022 07:19 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

You did a great job on your signature update, George.  I still need to work on mine.

Mar 24, 2022 09:24 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS George, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Mar 24, 2022 09:25 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

George Souto  my friend so glad you had time to participate in this challenge, not sure if I will have the time or the energy not many days left on March, Endre

Mar 24, 2022 10:20 PM
George Souto

Endre I bet I have a couple of years on you, so if I had the energy to do it, so do you my friend.  ☺️

Mar 25, 2022 08:14 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I seem to have to always remind myself to do this and it eventually gets done but it happens lo

Mar 24, 2022 10:28 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello George - good job in completing the challenge.  It is smart of you to recognize that there are two methods available from Craig explaining how to improve.  People learn in different ways - I am glad you found the one that "spoke" to you.  

Mar 25, 2022 04:20 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I definitely like your "after" better. I notice you include a fax number - just out of curiosity, do you still get faxes?

Mar 25, 2022 05:13 AM
George Souto

Kat I rarely get them, but some people still insist on faxing instead of sending a PDF.

Mar 25, 2022 08:11 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Now that's a big change, George... and an excellent one if you want my opinion!

Mar 25, 2022 05:38 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Bringing your picture to your signature enhances it immensely!  It looks great, my friend!

Mar 25, 2022 07:08 AM
George Souto

Brian I am not sure about the picture, but it does make a great dart board target ....... LOL

Mar 25, 2022 08:12 AM
Ritu Desai 703-625-4949
Samson Properties - Chantilly, VA
Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor

There's definitely an improvement with your Activerain signature, George! Keep it up

Mar 25, 2022 12:48 PM
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Thanks George for taking the time to work on the blog signature! I really think that is an awesome improvement to your blog posts. It's so much clearer now for people to see how you can help them and how they can connect with you!

Mar 25, 2022 04:30 PM
George Souto

Craig the one I did was a big improvement, BUT the one you did was a HUGE improvement.  Thank you so very much.

Mar 25, 2022 05:33 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Excellent! I love your choice of colors. They all blend very well, and the handsome photo!!

Mar 26, 2022 08:10 PM
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

George Souto absolutely love the after efforts!  Those photos reel you in and want to do biz with you.  Not certain about the hashtag suggestions or how many folks really understand hashtags😎

Mar 28, 2022 08:36 AM