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I received this e-mail yesterday and it made me laugh so hard I had to share it with you (you know I don’t do selfish).  No commentary necessary, just read, and enjoy (I’ve removed  the name of the sender to protect the not so innocent and made some parts BOLD just to stress humor).

I was doing some “homework” online and one of your active listings caught my attention and I stopped my search to write you this email.

There’s something about your listings that tells me you’re not like the rest of the agents out there. Most of the other agents I’ve searched give me uneasy feeling on how they handle business.

There’s something that tells me you’re someone people trust.

I’m not trying to stroke your ego here, just doing my job and giving credit where credit is due.

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I spend a lot of time scouring sites like, KW, and RE/MAX for agents doing note worthy things as part of a research project that’s working to solve the #1 problem agents face, “generation closable leads”.

From what I’ve just seen you’ve got it down better than most, and wanted to share that insight with you, so keep it up, but if I may make one small critique based off my knowledge of other successful agents…

I’d increase your online social media presence, it really only takes 20-30 mins a day more to boost it through channels like Twitter, FaceBook, Blogging.

There’s a burgeoning group of Realtors using this stuff to pull ahead as most other agents are letting the economy drag them down.

40 year old agent like (name removed), GRI, whose the 2009 President of the (name removed) Assn, of Realtors is closing a deal a week from almost all from “cost-less” word of mouth and social media marketing.

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Since you seem open to new ideas, I’ll share with you a few great resources and people I trust to learn from this stuff from like MyTechOpinion, ActiveRain, and

Actually here’s the link to a fantastic f-r-e-e eBook/report which let’s you bypass the frustration others agents go through when tackling this subject.

This should get you rolling.

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Well I’m glad I stumbled upon your listing, glad I got the chance to share these thoughts with you and hope you find my comments and suggestions helpful.

I have to get going, back to the task at hand, keep up the good work!

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Ines is all Miami, all the time. A Miami Beach Realtor® with Majestic properties, Ines authors,, and and is always on communication's leading edge. She goes out of her way to engage and be engaged, often using Mojitos to keep the mood light and give everything she does a Miami flavor. You can find her goofing off or instigating trouble at Twitter, Flickr, Facebook or LinkedIn.



  1. Mariana

    July 15, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Why did you leave out the link? I need help!!

    Good thing they researched YOU before spamming that. LOLOL!

  2. Derec Shuler (@dereshuler)

    July 15, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Ines, you obviously need to be writing be MyTechOpinion then! But good listing description.

  3. Ines Hegedus-Garcia

    July 15, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    LOL Mariana! yes you do! 😀

    Derec – out of everything that could have been mentioned – funny that it’s MyTechOpinion, Active Rain and GoodMorningRealEstate – people that I truly respect and admire

  4. Brandie Young

    July 15, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Social media? Yes, Ines, you should give that a try!

  5. Chris

    July 15, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Ines, I’m only about an hour and a half away if you need private tutoring to salvage your online presence I am willing to drive over[for a mojito]. 🙂

    I’m always amazed at the people that call to “get me to the top of google”. I usually ask, “Mind telling me where you found me?”

  6. Ben Goheen

    July 15, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    What is this social media thing they speak of? We should all really look into it – sounds profitable.

  7. Tim McDonald

    July 16, 2009 at 12:32 am

    I know when I did my homework, that I could trust you! Definitely not stroking you, but even though you may be better than most and still be able to learn more (like all of us), I’d love to know what this “free” ebook is all about. (lmao) I hope it’s how to make the best mojito. You rock!

  8. Brad Coy

    July 16, 2009 at 4:09 am

    This begs for the two word reply of ” Thanks, @ines ” Make sure you link your twitter name 🙂

  9. teresa boardman

    July 16, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Social media? never heard of it

  10. Ian Greenleigh

    July 16, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    They deserve no anonymity. False personalization is the worst! This reminds me of how employees at Google routinely receive spam telling them that the sender can get them to the top of “sites like Google and Yahoo.” Thanks for sharing this!

  11. Ines Hegedus-Garcia

    July 16, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    How about

    There’s a burgeoning group of Realtors using this stuff

    … fave 😀

  12. Joe Loomer

    July 16, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Wow, I really don’t think this Facebook thing will catch on at ALL.

    Navy Chief, Navy Pride

  13. Missy Caulk

    July 17, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Bravo for you taking the time to read it. I usually just delete.

  14. Derek Overbey

    July 17, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I bet he has some swamp land in Florida he thinks you might be interested in. We should invite his to a REBarCamp so he can tell everyone about social media, whatever that is.

  15. Jeff Turner

    July 17, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    THAT is one of the funniest things I’ve ever read. 🙂

  16. Susie Blackmon

    July 19, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Are you on Twitter yet? 😉

  17. Ines Hegedus-Garcia

    July 19, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Twitter? is that some sort of game? or one of those useless social media tools that are a total waste of time? 😀

  18. Chris

    July 19, 2009 at 10:10 am

    That tweeter thing is a waste of time.

  19. Jay Thompson

    July 20, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Apparently this guy isn’t aware that all this blogging / social media / internet stuff is just a passing fad.

  20. Ines Hegedus-Garcia

    July 20, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    I should email her this link – the comments are priceless….but then again, cynicism may be misunderstood

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