James Barnes NMLS#215987, Over a 35 Years of Mortgage Experience (NEXA Mortgage, LLC - NMLS #: 1660690 - AZMB - 0944059)

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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Keep sending it.  Yes, we all get spammed, but now and then a great headline will get our attention, and we will read the article or email notice.

Jul 21, 2016 11:09 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

I could tolerate the REALTOR spam when our MLS was a manageable size but it's exponential enlargement fills the mailbox now. As long as my customers wish to use email I shall too! For agents and some others promoting their wares I offer this: Knock, Knock, Knock

Jul 21, 2016 12:11 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I don't really know.  My sense is that unless I am in a transaction with you there would be not reason for you to be sending me emails.  If you were ... then I would most likely be considered spam by me. 

Jul 20, 2016 11:32 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Like what Fred Griffin had to say! They will not all be winners!

Jul 21, 2016 11:10 PM
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Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I like Fred Griffin 's response. And yes, the catchy title will help!

Jul 21, 2016 10:49 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Depends on what you want to communicate. There's a lot of email out there that's junk. Are these agents that know you? Locals or a referral network?

Jul 20, 2016 11:48 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

not in my opinion..... it all goes into spam...

Jul 20, 2016 11:46 PM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

E-mails and texts are new 'junk mail'

I ignore most of it

Jul 20, 2016 11:37 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I would pay a visit or leave a letter with biz cards. Rates etc.

FYI-I have 200 loan persons want to be my social partner.

Jul 20, 2016 11:22 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

James Barnes NMLS#215987 - I think it still works...

Jul 22, 2016 04:30 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

All spam gets deleted by me and a lot of it gets stopped at the server so I don't even see it.

Roll the dice and risk being reported as a spammer

Jul 22, 2016 12:26 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Kathleen Daniels nailed this one...

Jul 21, 2016 10:38 PM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Email is effective but they do not want to receive marketing materials by email. 

Jul 21, 2016 10:28 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I would only email to the agents who have agreed to receive the emails.

Jul 21, 2016 09:58 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I am not a fan of receiving so much email. I get tons of newsletters from agents and lenders and have added them to my junk mail list. I would think some consumers will share this opinion.

Jul 21, 2016 02:11 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I don't know how else you would be successful.

Jul 21, 2016 01:25 PM
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Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

I want a personal relationship, not getting generic time wasting junk like rate sheets. By TALKING either face to face or by phone and asking permission to send relevant and timely information, coming from a place of contribution, some agents might actually want rate sheets, you don't know how you can enhance and earn their business if you don't ask. Shotgun email blast, IMO, alienates more than converts, better to have 100 loyal readers than 1,000 deleted emails.

Jul 21, 2016 12:54 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

If you hate spam, you can bet that your database does.  So if you are going to send them something, it had better be amazing.

Jul 21, 2016 12:44 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I probably wouldn't read your email. It's nothing personal against you, but I get a lot of emails from people wanting me to buyer some service or product. I ignore them. 

Jul 21, 2016 12:24 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

With so many agents not answering their pphones or returning calls E-mail may be the only way to reach them

Jul 21, 2016 08:01 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I feel your pain there!  Losing a database is rough.

 

If you have a relationship with the agents, email is good.  If you don't have a relationship with them, it'll be seen as spam and won't do you any good.

Jul 21, 2016 06:23 AM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

It depends upon the particular agent you are communicating with.  Some prefer email, some prefer other methods.  It also depends upon the purpose of the email.

Jul 21, 2016 05:44 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

When everyone is doing it, it becomes of less effect with certain subjects. Find your private path for therein lies your portion just waiting for you

Jul 21, 2016 03:48 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
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Is there a better alternative?

Go ahead and email, but it will be best to make the emails meaningful, we all get far too many emails from people who just want to keep their name in front of us, those get ignored.

If you have something important to say then send out that rare email and hopefully it will not get ignored.

Jul 21, 2016 03:42 AM
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Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

If we are working a deal, sure.  If there is some new TRID change or something very important, sure.  If you are emailing me rate sheets twice a week.  NO.

Jul 21, 2016 03:25 AM
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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

It's one of many ways.  I would also make calls and face to face meetings when possible.

Jul 21, 2016 02:50 AM
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JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

Email is good as it gives you a way to save the communication and refer back to it if needed.

The best way I have gained business is writing articles for a local newspaper. It is a regular paper newspaper and is online.  (I am a lender too)

Jul 21, 2016 02:15 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Yikes -- sorry to hear that, James.   As I answered and commented on your other question -- work the personal connections you have developed over the years.    Try something that everyone else is not doing like meeting face-to-face.  Good luck.  Looking forward to reading some of your success stories.  

Jul 21, 2016 01:48 AM
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Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Only if it is relevant information on a working deal; there are to many useless emails now!

Jul 21, 2016 12:16 AM
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James Barnes NMLS#215987
NEXA Mortgage, LLC - NMLS #: 1660690 - AZMB - 0944059 - Colorado Springs, CO
Over a 35 Years of Mortgage Experience

The info I send out is typically mortgage market related or helpful stuff to agents I know. But, I recently changed jobs and need to meet new agents. I do appreciate and respect the agents time and want to help their business but don't want to spam agents. As a 33 year veteran of the mortgage industry and past Realtor I have much to offer but don't know how to say that without using email and not sounding like a car salesman. Just so hard to figure out the best way to help and communicate. Thanks for your replies.

Jul 21, 2016 12:05 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

James Barnes NMLS#215987 PSending PDF's have virtually replaced the fax machine. Until there is a better way to communicate, email works for me.

Jul 20, 2016 11:51 PM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Yes, Email is the best way to communicate with other Realtors. It saves time.

Jul 20, 2016 11:41 PM