Annette  Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ  (ReMax Realtec Group)

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

    When email was becoming "the big thing", a Lawyer at a seminar (NAR or FAR convention Orlando) advised us to include such a disclaimer in all business emails.  She gave us the words to use.

    I have never received any complaints about it.  I don't recall getting any messages, "You sent this to me in error".

    As for whether it will "prevail in court", I will find that out when/if the day comes.


     These words are at the bottom of my emails.  The "Unsubscribe" line is to comply with CAN-SPAM Act of 2003:


Confidentiality Warning:

This message and any attachments are intended only for the use of the intended recipient(s), are confidential, and may be privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, retransmission, conversion to hard copy, copying, circulation or other use of this message and any attachments is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender immediately by return e-mail, and delete this message and any attachments from your system.
To Unsubscribe, please reply with Unsubscribe in the Subject Line.

Dec 29, 2016 09:52 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Just delete the email.

Dec 29, 2016 01:03 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

1. I think this is putting way too much thought into this.


2. I'm completely lost on your "DO YOU" question because the footer is meaningless without knowing what you were actually sent? How are they going to know either way anyhow, even if they have open rate technology, they can't see what you did with it and it was sent to you.

Dec 29, 2016 11:01 AM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

If I get something that was not meant for me, I let the agent know. Part of the "Golden Rule" to me. Because I have read the email, the information therein is certainly in my head and can't be "unknown". If the information is from the other side of a transacton of mine, I use my own judgement as to what I will do with it. I certainly don't put THEIR GOOF over my client's best interest. I would NOT forward it to my client in all likelyhood.

And, yes, this has happened in the past. My client benefitted from this GOOF.

Agents just need to be more careful when they email.

Dec 29, 2016 12:29 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

I get a lot of email and a lot of spam in my spam box - I SPEED read it. If it is not important to me it goes immediately.  

Dec 29, 2016 10:54 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

I think most people gaze over those disclaimers unless it becomes important. Having the unsubscribe button is a must. Personally, I scan it and if not important or needed, delete it. If I don't want it again, I unsubscribe.

Dec 29, 2016 11:51 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 I would first see if the email was for me. If it was mistakenly sent I would just delete it.

Dec 29, 2016 10:29 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I would probably just delete it. BUT beware, there are many spoofed emails lately saying they are from a real agent with a virus as the attachment, i never open anything when unsolicited. 

Dec 29, 2016 09:36 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I would not do anything; however, I doubt I would have ever opened it in the first place.

Dec 29, 2016 08:59 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Follow the request. Disclaimers are common with many senders.

Dec 29, 2016 02:21 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Not for me I would delete it I think.


Dec 29, 2016 12:30 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

If it was not intended for me I would just delete it.

Dec 29, 2016 09:56 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Michael Setunsky nailed this one!

Dec 30, 2016 02:52 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

It's their responsibility to ensure they send information to the right parties.

Dec 29, 2016 07:28 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Possession is 9/10's of the law allowing me to do as I please....

Dec 29, 2016 01:44 PM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

delete the email

Dec 29, 2016 01:17 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I agree most do not read the bottom of the email.  If it is important email from someone I usually call or email them saying it is the wrong person.

Dec 29, 2016 08:58 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

If they are consistent in their disclosure, it may well hold up in court. Beware!

Dec 30, 2016 06:59 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Any information be it proprietary or not received unsolicited is fair game and disclaimers will fail.

Dec 30, 2016 06:06 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

If I get something like that by mistake I assume it's a virus and delete it!

So should everyone else

Dec 30, 2016 05:23 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I ignore... people can write in whatever they like.

Dec 30, 2016 04:39 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

If I saw/read the disclaimer, I'd send a quick note back to let them know they should remove me from the email string, and I'd delete it. More likely, though, I wouldn't read the disclaimer.

Dec 30, 2016 03:39 AM
Peter Mohylsky
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

Delete, delete ,delete.  

Dec 30, 2016 02:38 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I ignore it.  Unless it's related to a transaction, I will probably zap it without reading.

Dec 30, 2016 02:07 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

what do you think, most ignore small print.

Dec 29, 2016 09:52 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Not my job..

Dec 29, 2016 08:56 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Since almost all agents have some sort of disclaimer at the bottom, I never read them. But, if I get something from a local agent that wasn't meant for me, I just reply to the email and let them know they got the wrong Debe! 

This is about the most thought I've put into an email disclaimer in years!

Dec 29, 2016 08:41 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Delete and notify if needed.

Dec 29, 2016 08:15 PM
Mitchell J Hall
Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

A lawyer included me in emails about a transaction I was not on. I've had other listings from the seller so lawyer assumed. I deleted it and notified lawyer but it annoyed me because seller promised me listing but the email was evidence he sold it on his own.

Everyone has that same disclaimer here. We have one that I don't see it when I send email out. I see it on my return mail. It's disclosure about a trojan horse that I may be accidentally sending and we're not responsible.

Dec 29, 2016 07:43 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I let the agent know and delete the email and attachements.  

Dec 29, 2016 06:12 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I just hit delete.

Dec 29, 2016 05:56 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Nothing that I would do about this.

Dec 29, 2016 05:02 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I generally ignore these email blasts from other agents.

Dec 29, 2016 03:33 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 a footer in small font is what I rarely read - and expect that it does not contain anything that would harm me.

Dec 29, 2016 03:02 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

When I was in the corporate world, I had a similar disclaimer on all my emails.

I think the real point of concern for your question is if it was obvious that we were not supposed to receive the email.  Back in my corporate life, I received such an email ONCE that was obviously for a different Ryan (had to love Outlook's auto addressing feature).  I called the sender and took the appropriate deletion steps.

Dec 29, 2016 02:54 PM