It had to Happen at A/R!

By
Real Estate Agent with Florida List for Less Realty,Inc.

I`ve been awaiting this day. I knew it couldn`t last. The Spammers are advancing and their dressed as Mortgage Brokers who wish to prey on Realtors...

This is from Zack Miller: my name is Zack Miller. I have an interesting proposition for you. I help clients that sell their property, but have to carry back financing. This means a note is formed and the seller has to wait twenty to thirty years to see the return. So we cash out preexisting notes so the seller doesn't have to carry the paper anymore. He/she gets paid today and doesn't have the burden of carrying the note for twenty or thirty years. In turn, this make your client very happy. Please contact me with any note holders looking to cash out at zakumilero@yahoo.com. My name again is Zack Miller. Hope to hear from you soon. 

Zack, don`t you have any self respect for yourself? It must have taken you hours to send email to everyone on A/R. Worse, don`t you understand that Realtors don`t respect spam like this from someone BEGGING for Business, Zack?!!! It`s sad to watch this person, worse, I won`t comment on his torrid email.... Sorry, it had to be said! 

Comments (16)

Scott Daniels Florida Real Estate 2.0. Agents Earn 100% Commission.
Florida List For Less Realty, Inc. Broker/Owner. - Cooper City, FL
I have to agree. I never take emails like Zacks serious...Zack, why not call a Reverse Mortgage by it`s name? Sounds like your writing a mystery novel Zack!!:) 
Sep 02, 2006 12:00 AM
Ben Wiseley
Kirkland, WA
You're right - it must have taken this guy a long time to send all these messages. The truth is, spam works... the stats on spam are pretty amusing given how many people complain about it... kind of like all advertising I guess.  :)
Sep 02, 2006 12:19 AM
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist
I got the same e-mail last night.  I never got past "I have an interesting proposition for you" (his second sentence).  I hit the delete button.
Sep 02, 2006 12:30 AM
Carlos "Chaz" Mena
RE/MAX Premier Associates - Weston, FL

Jenny,

I got the same email from Zach Miller. Notice he doesn't put an contact information except for an email address.

Chaz

Sep 02, 2006 01:18 AM
Colleen Irwin
Retired - Irondequoit, NY
Creative Real Estate Solutions...
I got it as well.   Unfortuantely we see it time and again.  The most powerful thing we can do is delete and move forward.   Thanks for posting this it helps bring awareness to others who might not have been aware...  
Sep 02, 2006 02:05 AM
Kristal Kraft
Novella Real Estate - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

And here I thought I was getting "Propostioned!"

Darn, I'll go delete it.  ;(

Sep 02, 2006 02:17 AM
Nima Rezvan CT Lender CT Senior Mortgage Broker
Nima Rezvan Prosper First Funding Corporation NMLS#110681 - Fairfield, CT
First Time Home Buyer Expert - CT FHA Loans - FHA

Good morning ActiveRain Folks,

Wow, I was so nervous and embarrassed because I thought I had invited Zack and I wanted to apologize to the whole community because I really felt bad.  I even had a realtor block me this morning from Florida and I don't want to mention his/her name but let's just put it this way, this realtor commented on this BLOG.  That is why I thought I invited this person to AR and that realtor was upset with me and blocked me.  After further review, I did not invite Zack and I do not feel bad anymore but I still would like to learn why this Florida realtor blocked me?  I am still amazed.

SPAM, it just keeps coming and coming like the energizer bunny, delete and spam mail box is the best option.

Sep 02, 2006 02:35 AM
Brian Brady
San Diego VA Home Loans/858-777-9751 - San Diego, CA
858-777-9751

Zach actually makes some very good points in his email. I received it also but explained to him that I do the very same thing.

If you employ Zach's technique, you can sell more homes for higher prices

I think the problem is that he should have called first before he sent the e-mail. 

Sep 02, 2006 02:55 AM
Bob Pavey
RE/MAX Hometown - Aventura, FL
CRS
Jenny I agree I am not going to use someone first of all that can't pick up the phone, But very tacky
Sep 02, 2006 03:30 AM
Ben Wiseley
Kirkland, WA

This is amusing... for us "net heads" I'd consider a phone call about 1,000 times more annoying than an email.  I mean - if I can't identify you in under 2 seconds on the phone I hang up.  I at least give spam a few sentences (or it's subject line at the minimum) on the off chance it is interesting.  :) 

I'd consider anyone emailing me out of the blue to be 100% professional (at least at the start - if you can't write then you get deleted) and preferred to you calling me.

Think about it - with spam - you can read it if the subject grabs you - otherwise "delete" takes a millisecond.  You can read it when you want to (not while you're doing something important).  On the 1-in-a-million chance that it was relevant and interesting to you... you've got it on record and can refer back to it.

I guess I don't consider spam to be annoying or a problem (and I'm 100% not careful with where I enter my email address: activerain@gmail.com :).  I spend maybe a minute a day managing spam - that's cheap for what email brings to the table.  IMHO.

Advertising is going to exist in a capitalist society - you could say it's the corner stone of a capitalist society (this is what's so exciting about what google is doing to the marketing world) ... I'll take banner ads, ad words and spam over the conventionally accepted crap any day (telemarketers, TV ads, billboards, reams of junk mail, door-to-door salesman, etc.) 

Advertising that's remotely relevant to me (i.e. not Depends commercials and Arthritis medication) is much preferred (at least bearable) over the mass marketing that's the current standard.  TV Advertising (if Google and Tivo-type-companies have their way) is going to change, big time, in the next few years.  Looking forward to it! 

Sorry for the babbling rant  :)

Sep 02, 2006 04:10 AM
Mrs. Sheri Ann Johnson, GRI
Tropic Shores Realty - Spring Hill, FL
Zack also contacted me through ActiveRain. I can't believe he had the nerve to admit it! How desperate can you be for business? I hate it when people just take it upon themselves to think you might be interested in dealing with a perfect stranger!
Sep 02, 2006 07:13 AM
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL
I am with Ben. Rather be spammed-faster to delete and you don't find yourself having to being rude to anyone! Kum La Ka Lakka.
Sep 02, 2006 09:17 AM
Louann Nudi
TOVIJE Enterprises, Inc. - Indianapolis, IN
I'm with Ben, too. Spam emails are much more preferrable than phone calls at your private residence at 8:55pm at night. 
Sep 02, 2006 11:38 AM
Eileen Landau
BAIRD & WARNER, NAPERVILLE - Naperville, IL
ABR, CRS, e-PRO

Oh Darn! Here I thought I was special...and he emailed everybody<LOL>.

However, am I correct that he doesn't have our real emails as he sent it thru AR?

Are we giving negative points? He should get Minus 10,000 for each email he sent!

Sep 02, 2006 12:40 PM
Paul D. Gardner
Affiliate Broker at "Third Tennessee Realty and Associates" - Crossville, TN
It's just part of our internet and we will all learn to deal with it
Sep 02, 2006 03:10 PM
Scott Daniels Florida Real Estate 2.0. Agents Earn 100% Commission.
Florida List For Less Realty, Inc. Broker/Owner. - Cooper City, FL

Paul,

You`re right, but not here...

Sep 02, 2006 11:09 PM