Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team ( Elite Realty Group)

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

"canned" marketing materials are never a good idea, in my opinion..... thousands of others are using the same marketing piece.... your worse headache is if yours lands at the same time someone else's lands using the same newsletter....  you would be wise to create your own newsletter....give it the personal touch....

Jan 02, 2018 12:25 PM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I use Happy Grasshopper and have for years.  I used to mail a newsletter but stopped that years ago.  I like Happy G because it is light and easy. The email goes out every 3 weeks. I can customize the message or write my own entirely. It works well for me and the cost is minimal for a "keep in touch" which generates a lot of engagement and referrals. 

Jan 02, 2018 01:24 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Norma J. Elkins I currently use Worbix.com it's $15.00 per month 

Jan 02, 2018 02:06 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

eEdge does this for me automatically.  Writes it, sends it, and monitors who opens it and when.

 

Jan 02, 2018 01:52 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I would use Mail Chimp templates and create your own. You can outsource ghostwriting.

Jan 02, 2018 01:21 PM
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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I use the one from my CRM, which is totally customizable. I get good reaction to it.

Jan 02, 2018 01:19 PM
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Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Norma, if you haven't been using email newsletters, why do you want to start using them now? If you are learning something new, anyway, why not try a video newsletter/ connection?

Jan 02, 2018 01:10 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

So many to choose from and new ones sprouting all the time. I wold check with Gabe Sanders for the one he uses. He can personalize it, I think!

Jan 02, 2018 12:44 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Norma,

I agree with Barbara Todaro 

Jan 02, 2018 12:41 PM
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Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

We do our own newsletters. Nestor finds content that is highly relative to our market, he sends the content and scans newspaper clippings and sends those over to our va. She then creates the newsletters from the content. IT is all original and we quote the source. If it is very important we include the scanned image to add credibility. 

We have this same va research and create newsletters for several realtors we do va work for. 

I would never suggest to do canned newsletters of any kind. 

Jan 02, 2018 06:20 PM
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

I'm with Barbara Todaro ..I have an e-newsletter that I created as well as a monthly statical report. People are looking for originality and what you can offer them. In my opinion"canned" marketing materials are never a good idea..be authentic....spending some time to reach your target audience.

Jan 02, 2018 05:07 PM
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

Hi Norma J. Elkins I just posted one of my own earlier today in my blog.  I use one from my CRM, IXACT CONTACT  that is populated with content automatically.  A new one goes out every month.  There is also a personal message which you can change...  http://actvra.in/594w.  There are also lead capture emails already populated with content... and lots more you can do with this program.  Bomb Bomb video is also integrated into the program and you can record a short video to go along with your Newsletter.

 

Jan 02, 2018 03:50 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Somehow I have gotten on several agents email newsletter lists and have not been impressed with any of them. I saw very little value in them but pretty sure that there are good ones out there somewhere.

Jan 02, 2018 03:11 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Use yourown materials for the best results.

Jan 02, 2018 01:39 PM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

I investigated this months ago & came up short. I was totally bummed at the poor quality of it all.

Jan 02, 2018 01:20 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

There are SO MANY. Mail Chimp comes to mind.

My CRM, Wise Agent, publishes an editable, newsletter every month. Same is true for service providers such as Market Leader. I edit the Wise Agent newsletter and replace one of their section with a localized piece.

You may find it extremely beneficial to explore some of the CRM providers who offer a FREE version with limited service. Many place limits that are based on database size, not features.

Finally, there are a gazillion coaches who entice with a library of newsletters available for the clicking.

Big G is your friend. REAL ESTATE NEWSLETTER SERVICE:  About 83,700,000 results (0.71 seconds) 

That a lot of stuff to dig through. However, your answer is on page one.

NOTE: be aware, some of these BIG newsletter service providers have been identified as bulk mailers and have a much lower delivery rate because any one of the many ISP simply purge traffic from such sources. 

Now do you really want to commit to 1990 technology?

Jan 02, 2018 12:37 PM
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Steve Penner
Royal LePage / Moneyledgers Software - Winnipeg, MB
REALTOR / Owner of Moneyledgers

.. when it comes to e-news I prefer Ixact Contact... they do an excellent job  .. and I just customize it a bit to make it a little more personal ... it presents well... has a logical flow from one release to the next.  I get very good feedback from my CRM... has been an excellent newsletter.  I suppose if I was a gifted writer, and had the time... I would write if from scratch.. but this is working well for me.

 

 

Jan 02, 2018 03:28 PM
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Abby Stiller
Premier Realty Homes of SWFL - Cape Coral, FL
Real Estate Agent Serving Southwest Florida

Constant contact is good.

Jan 02, 2018 02:34 PM
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Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 

   Placester.  

 

Jan 02, 2018 02:24 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I used ready to go newsletters before I was writing my own.  They will mail you samples for free.

 

Jan 02, 2018 02:11 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Check out Printerbees.com

Jan 06, 2018 10:40 AM
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have used Constant Contact for years.  If you put links into your newsletter, you can see who clicks thru, who opens the newsletter, who doesn't.   

Jan 05, 2018 11:15 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No.

Jan 03, 2018 05:33 PM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I use Housecalls for the pre-written newsletter, but either post or email it personally.

Jan 03, 2018 06:05 AM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

I just received two email "newsletters" from agents in different areas but both with the same franchise. Guess what, the content is identical down to the "app" they are pitching. 

It would be better to create your own and use mail chimp or constant contact to send them and maybe even make a few print copies to mail to those who don't do email (there are still some).

Jan 03, 2018 05:51 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Kathleen Daniels  nailed this one!

Jan 03, 2018 04:46 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I question the ROI on snail mail ?

Jan 03, 2018 04:37 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Our CAR offers monthly newsletter that you can customize, but i'm a fan.... of premade mass emails. My broker now is using Mail Chimp. The only template I use are those in my CRM.

Jan 02, 2018 10:11 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Norma J. Elkins - I do not use any. Instead, I use items of value from my subscription to Buffini & Company coaching.

Jan 02, 2018 09:40 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

MadMimi

Jan 02, 2018 09:35 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I hate these letters

Jan 02, 2018 03:39 PM
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David Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality

I would like to know the answer to this as well so I will be paying attention to the answers

Jan 21, 2018 09:55 AM