Don't Change Your Email address!

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Real Estate Agent with Dan Edward Phillips

Last Friday evening, having dinner out with my wife, I received an email on my Blackberry from a client that had purchased property through me many years ago. 

After all those years he still had my email address and I had not changed it.

He had moved several times and he had changed his email address each time he moved.  I had lost tract of him due to the changes.

The moral; don't change your email address!  When you enter the real estate business, buy a domain and an email address and keep it.  If your brokerage insists that you use their email address, have the email forwarded to your permanent email address.

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  2. Steve Hoffacker 07/19/2011 12:29 AM
  3. Robert (Bob) Gilbert 07/24/2011 10:06 AM
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Rainmaker
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Rick Lorenz
Team Lorenz - Durango, CO
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That is great advice Dan. People really do need to have a long-term strategy for their e-mail address. It is part of branding you and your website. While I always recommend buying your own name as a domain name, for some people it's already way too late to do that. if you can get it, do so but it is still not the e-mail address that I would use. I like to think far ahead and realize that someday I will sell my team. I would not want to have my e-mail addresses be my personal name. If you think you'll be staying in the same area row long time, try to get a good domain name that has strong keywords in it for that area. Years ago I bought www.BuyDurango.com which is been very good for me.

Thanks for reminding us how important this is.

Jul 18, 2011 07:57 PM #1
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Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
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Hi Rick, thank you for your excellent input on the subject!  It is appreciated.

Jul 18, 2011 08:29 PM #2
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Sheila Newton Team -- Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
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great advice, Dan.. that is why I always advise to never use your company name in your email.. ( in case you change companies, which I have 4 times!)..

Jul 18, 2011 10:23 PM #3
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C. Lloyd McKenzie
Prudential Allstar Realtors - Albuquerque, NM
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Dan..Great Advice...any serious Realtor who plans to make this a long-term endeavor must keep both his email and phone number.  Thank you for an awesome blog

Jul 18, 2011 11:57 PM #4
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Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
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Good advice, Dan, and thanks to C. Lloyd McKenzie for re-blogging it!

Jul 19, 2011 12:18 AM #5
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Steve Hoffacker
Hoffacker Associates LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
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Dan,

Excellent advice. A gmail or yahoo will transcend office changes. :)

Steve

Jul 19, 2011 12:27 AM #6
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J. A. Michail
Real Property Management of Sarasota & Manatee - Sarasota, FL
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A good blog post with a point well taken! Thank you for sharing!

Jul 19, 2011 02:03 AM #7
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Elite Home Sales Team
Keller Williams Realty - San Clemente, CA
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I find it helpful that the e-mail over the years has stayed the same.  While the companies have changed and the homes have changed.  Even the telephone numbers have changed.

Jul 19, 2011 02:21 AM #8
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
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I've had the same AOL e-mail for over a decade.  It HAS made it EASIER to be found and for past clients and residents.  I have secondary e-mails for YAHOO and GMAIL so those are also easier to maintain now.....being found via e-mail is a GREAT way to REconnect.

Jul 19, 2011 06:06 AM #9
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Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
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Good morning Dan.

Those are great points...May I also add that keeping the phone number is as important.

Jul 19, 2011 06:14 AM #10
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Melbourne, FL
Personal Service, always.

A very good lesson here for us all! Having a single permanent email address that others feed into and keeping it for years is important!

Jul 19, 2011 07:18 AM #11
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Robert (Bob) Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert

Dan,

Excellent comment as I changed Brokers in Jan. and my old E-Mail  address obviously was gone . I have a MSN account for real estate now but I am thing about the buying a domain and address as you suggested. I have already had a coupler of my old clients think that I was no longer in the business as their E-Mail to me bounced..

Jul 19, 2011 01:49 PM #12
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Robert (Bob) Gilbert
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Dan, I tried to re-blog  this blog of yours yesterday but AR system  would not work. It seems they made a data base update to cure IE9 problems the night before but that created problems with Google Chrome. They put a blog out today bragging about fixing the problem but I tried to use IE 9 to put a picture on my blog from yesterday and it did not work. I am not sure what to use now. 

Jul 22, 2011 11:58 AM #13
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
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Hi Dan.   Got your post in a re-blog from Bob.  You couldn't be more right!   Purchase a domain and use it for email as well!     It is also well advised to keep a consistant phone number.   Learned the hard way when our office switched vmail accounts.   Lost many a call to the agent that got the number I had used for years.   Lesson learned.    Keep a consistant email and phone.     Good post!

Jul 24, 2011 06:15 PM #14
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Dan Edward Phillips
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Keeping the same email address is very important to keeping in touch with clients.

Jul 31, 2011 12:08 AM #15
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