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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Rainmaker
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Rick Lorenz
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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.

July 18, 2011 07:57 PM
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Dan Edward Phillips
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Dan Edward Phillips

Hi Rick, thank you for your excellent input on the subject!  It is appreciated.

July 18, 2011 08:29 PM
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Sheila Newton Team -- Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate
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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner

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!)..

July 18, 2011 10:23 PM
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C. Lloyd McKenzie
MBA - Prudential Allstar Realtors -
Prudential Allstar Realtors

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

July 18, 2011 11:57 PM
Rainmaker
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Lottie Kendall
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
Today | Sotheby's International Realty

Good advice, Dan, and thanks to C. Lloyd McKenzie for re-blogging it!

July 19, 2011 12:18 AM
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Steve Hoffacker
New Home Sales Trainer/Coach, Sales Books Author
Hoffacker Associates LLC

Dan,

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

Steve

July 19, 2011 12:27 AM
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J. A. Michail
Real Property Management of Sarasota & M
Real Property Management of Sarasota & Manatee

A good blog post with a point well taken! Thank you for sharing!

July 19, 2011 02:03 AM
Rainmaker
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Elite Home Sales Team
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team
Keller Williams Realty

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.

July 19, 2011 02:21 AM
Rainmaker
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
LandlordWhisperer
Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

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.

July 19, 2011 06:06 AM
Rainmaker
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Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating

Good morning Dan.

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

July 19, 2011 06:14 AM
Rainmaker
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Personal Service, always.
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC

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!

July 19, 2011 07:18 AM
Rainmaker
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Robert (Bob) Gilbert
Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties

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..

July 19, 2011 01:49 PM
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Robert (Bob) Gilbert
Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties

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. 

July 22, 2011 11:58 AM
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group

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!

July 24, 2011 06:15 PM
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Dan Edward Phillips
Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA
Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA

Keeping the same email address is very important to keeping in touch with clients.

July 31, 2011 12:08 AM
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