Al and Cal Homes and Community: Do you think the handwritten delivered letter is a thing of the past?

Do you think the handwritten delivered letter is a thing of the past?

Do you think the handwritten delivered letter is a thing of the past?

I readily admit it.  I am a talk radio junkie.  The radio waves were buzzing early this week with talk of the United States Post Office and it's most recent troubles.    Back and forth went the banter about who really bothers to send US mail anymore.   Most people are sending email, texting, and choosing to do their bills and banking on line.  

Listening with interest, I mentally took inventory of what I have been receiving in the mail lately.   I receive lots of advertisements, the local paper and informational pieces, and magazines that I subscribe to.     Pretty much that's it.   It made me start to wonder if email and all our on line activity has changed our society so much that we don't need to get mail delivered to our door steps anymore.  Has it really become unimportant?Mail Delivery

Then, when I opened the mailbox today, there it was!   An envelope, hand written with no return address on it.    I tossed everything else aside and quickly ripped it open to find a handwritten note from my Uncle thanking me for a gift I had given him last month!     What a nice surprise!  

In fact, I typically have been one to send a note to clients and friends just to say hello and let them know I am thinking of them or to simply thank them for something.  But lately, I have been lazy about doing that relying on shooting off a quick email instead. 

How silly!   If I had received that Thank you note in my email box, I may have not read it, simply hitting the "D" key, loosing  it in the vast sea of advertisements, informational pieces, and other daily email communication.  

But it came via US Post.  It did not get deleted and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing from Uncle Dante and appreciating that he took the time to write me a note!   

What I have realized is that the written, delivered note is not to be forgotten.  Nor should it be replaced by email communication!  While no one would argue that email and online communication is terrific and has made ours lives so much easier,

are we making a mistake by overlooking the power of a handwritten note delivered directly to one's door?

I think so!  In fact, in our business a well written note, even a quick one, sent by US Mail can make us stand out in the crowd.     It most likely will not be overlooked or discarded without being read;  the recipient just might enjoy reading it, even appreciating the fact that they were thought of!    

Do you think the handwritten, delivered letter or note is a thing of the past?


Carol-Ann Palmieri

Al and Cal Realty Group

Remax Executive Realty




Comment balloon 107 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • September 10 2011 04:16PM


Hi Carol Ann....great post....everyone likes to receive a hand written note or's's sent with thought and meaning...nothing will ever replace it.....we need the US Postal Service....and who will deliver my thousands of postcards every month :(

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 8 years ago

Hi Barbara.   Thank you!   LOL... The US Postal Service should be able to continue on with no problem at all just with your mailings alone!   :)

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

There is something to be said about the power of a hand written note found in your mailbox when you least expect it.  I have been guilty of not doing enough of this in a timely manner, but it might be something nice to try in the near future.  If we feel good about it, chances are pretty good the person we are sending this to will feel good and it might make their day a little better.

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666) almost 8 years ago

hand written is classy and timeless!

Posted by Kathrine Henry (RE/MAX Ideal Brokers) almost 8 years ago

Hand written  notes are very effective and will never get old.  More people should use them.

Posted by Susan Morrison (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 8 years ago

Cal....they are one of the most effective things you can do.
Hope you have a great weekend!---Rob

Go Vols!

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) almost 8 years ago

Hand written letters are a rarity now.  Sending them today does make you stand out as being different.

Posted by Rodney Mason, AL, FL, GA, SC, & TN (Angel Oak Home Loans) almost 8 years ago

Never!  A hand written letter or card is a sign that someone still cares.  Makes me feel good when I receive one.

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) almost 8 years ago

Hi Carol-Ann... I think hand-written notes & letters will always have a greater impact than any electronic blip - there's just too much of an emotional attachment to real letters. I personally have letters saved all the way back to when I was a child.

Today, while I realize I'm definitely in the minority, I also archive ALL of my personal emails (sent/received) - which I have dating back to 1998. It's almost a journal of sorts. It's fun/interesting to see where my mind (and others) was years ago.  :)

Posted by Anthony Gilbert, REALTOR® - Issaquah, Sammamish & Snoqualmie (The RealFX Group) almost 8 years ago

Good Morning Doug!   I agree, as it made mine! 


Hi Katherine!     Yes!


Hi Susan!    I agree, but seems to be a rare thing these days.


Hi Rob!    I think you are right!


Hi Rodney!   I am going to be better at writing them.


Hi  Kay!    Yes, and no one seems to write anymore.


Hi Anthony!    .   I have a lot of saved letters, but not emails.     I don't know why but they just don't seem the same.    


Thank you all for taking the time to read and to chime in with your thoughts.   I hope you have a great Sunday!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

Great post Cal, the the letter will always be a good thing to do and the post office just needs to stop wasting money to stay around to deliver our cards and letters.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) almost 8 years ago

Love this Cal. And, I too love getting hand written notes and letters. Part of my marketing includes sending out handwritten notes to clients...I send out a certain number each week and just keep repeating my cycle as I make it through my contacts.

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) almost 8 years ago

Hi Al!   I hope that ends up being the case!   Thanks for dropping by! 


Hi Debb!    I used to do that all the time and have been falling down on it!   No more!      Thanks for checking it out!!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

Carol Ann,

I really like your blog as you are so correct handwritten notes have almost fallen off the gird. I have a CPS client who makes sure to send hand written notes to folks for various reasons. People always remember who sent a handwritten notr versus sending an E-mail. It is a really good suggestion to send clients a hand written note just to say hello.

Thank you for commenting on my blog.

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) almost 8 years ago

Hi Bob.     Thanks.  I was thrilled to receive the note from my Uncle and I think it was such a surprise as they have fallen off the grid.    I hope you have a great day! 

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

Terrific post Carol Ann-NOTHING will ever be able to replace the handwritten letter or card.  People still love getting that kind of mail.  Suggested :)!

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) almost 8 years ago

I think hand written notes are a breath of fresh air...because we don't expect them. Thank you for inspiring me to send out some hand written notes to my clients. I think the unexpected will help you stand out from the crowd.

Posted by Niema Thomas, CDPE, SFR, MBA (Century 21 Beachside) almost 8 years ago

Carol Ann, you're right, receiving a hand written note or letter is exciting and memborable. Yes, I need to send more.

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Chartwell Kansas City Realty) almost 8 years ago

Carol Ann, I agree with you 100%, hand written notes stand out, they make a difference.

But aside from the Post Office Debacle, there is the issue that many Schools no longer teach cursive (longhand) writing. 

Indiana, Ohio and other states do not require their schools to teach it.


Posted by Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

People now sort through their mail over the trash can. Kind of like the delete button. But a hand written note, especially in a colored envelope is like gold. That gets read right away.

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) almost 8 years ago

I think it depends on the age group it is going to.  Some will appreciate it more than others.

Posted by Doug Maas, Broker/Owner - REMAX Of Great Falls - MT Real Esta (RE/MAX of Great Falls) almost 8 years ago

Susan Goulding reblogged your post, and I want to pay you a visit as well.

The power of a hand-written note is profound, especially in a sea of emails and text messages. It certainly generates attention amidst bills and other letters that have printed addresses.

To be heard or remembered today, you probably should put in in writing --- hand written.

I had just resolved to send each of my clients who have closed escrow through the yaars a hand-written note. And I will get going on that real soon!

Posted by Pacita Dimacali, Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA (Alain Pinel) almost 8 years ago

Carol Ann, the best cards are the "Thank You" type, followed by the "Happy Birthday" variety.  I keep a box of TY cards by my desk, and should send them out more often.  You brought up an interesting point about the power of SCARCITY... since hardly anyone receives anything valuable in the mail, it's exciting to open it.  We should use this fact to our advantage and remember to thank all of our clients.  Great reminder, thanks!

The answer to your question is "YES" and that's why the post office can no longer support themselves financially.  

Posted by Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor (MBA Broker Consultants) almost 8 years ago
I also just took the time to create thank you cards with special photos to a few folks via Send Out Cards.
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge almost 8 years ago
I recently sent thank you notes to all the people who helped me with the garden club yearbook. Every one of them came up to me at the next meeting to say how much it meant to them. I doubt that would have have happened if I'd sent them an email.
Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

It means more when you take to the time to handwrite it...

Posted by Scott Fogleman, New Home Team (New Home Team 804-573-9592) almost 8 years ago

I recently added to my marketing plan to do handwritten letters to expireds.  I'll blog about it later this week when I get started.  Today I will handwrite some thank you cards thanks to your post.  Nicely done

Posted by Luna Petty (Unyque Financial) almost 8 years ago

I totally believe in hand written note. I make sure I write one when meeting a new client or folllowing uo with an existing client or friend. They are so appreciated and make you stand out.

Posted by K.C. McLaughlin, Realtor, e-PRO, Homes for Sale - Cary, Raleigh NC (RE/MAX United) almost 8 years ago

Hi Brenda!   Always appreciate your thoughts!!  Thank you!


Hi Niema!      Unexpected.   The word I was looking for!    Thanks.


Hi Maria!   Thank you.   Me too!


Hi Fred!   Funny you say that.   I notice my handwritting going to pot.   They don't think they need handwriting anymore with the keyboard.


Hi Sandy!   My clutter free friends do that.     Thanks for stopping by.


Hi Doug!    Interesting.   Are you thinking the younger generation might not care as much?     Never thought of that, but it may be true!  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

Hi Pacita!   Thanks for the heads up and the visit.     Appreciate your comment.


Hi Cheryl!    That is a great idea!


Hi Margaret!    That is how I feel when I receive one.     See Dougs comment.   #21   Now I am wondering if it is generational.


Hi Scott!   Certainly takes more time and thought. 


Hi Luna!   Look forward to reading how that works out!    


Hi K.C.    I am going to get back in the practice.

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

I can't help but say three words  Send Out Cards.  This is my side business and I'm not linking or giving information other than I have made a nice little business out of people having a prompting to send a card or a give via our US mail.  I get emails and hand written notes back when I mail cards.  What's the old saying? "The mail must get through"

Posted by Joe Kenny, Better Than Your Average Joe (Realty Executive Midwest) almost 8 years ago

Handwritten letters and notes still have a significant impact.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Carol Ann, I do not think the handwritten note is a thing of the past. Its always nice to receive a personal letter among the mass of junk mail.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 8 years ago

Its almost a thing of the past but much nicer to get then a text or an email! Its nice to hear people still do them.

Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) almost 8 years ago

I tend to agree that hand written is better.  I have also heard (rumor only) that the post office fiscal issues are mainly due to the decline of mail.  if everyone in the us sent 4 letters a month, it would turn the postal system around.  What?  no email?  that would be crazy

Posted by Mark Welsh almost 8 years ago

Carol Ann,

Its still the best way to provide information to clients, friends or even marketing. With everything being locked down, prohibited or on a DNC list the U.S. Mail is still the best way to get a message to a new market.


Posted by Brent & Deb Wells, Prosper TX (LivingWell Properties) almost 8 years ago

I still think handwritten notes are a great way to reach out to clients, especially if we've been lazy and haven't reached out to them in a while.  As you mentioned, we get so much junk email that we sometimes tend to overlook the non-junk emails and end up deleting them.

Posted by Monica Foster, Broker, CRS, ABR, SRS, CHMS, CNE, CNHS (Monica Foster Team of eXp Realty) almost 8 years ago

Carol Ann,

The hand written note isn't dead. Whenever I can't get in touch with a potential client by phone, or e-mail, I find that a handwritten note gets the job done.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago
Great post. I think the hand written letter or note has a place. They are much more personal. I use email for business, but for me the written note is much better to say thank you or to express my feelings.
Posted by Tom Bailey (Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc.) almost 8 years ago

I believe hand written notes are a thing of the past!  Which is exactly why they are such a great attention getter and marketing tool!  Like you, I jump when I see a true letter in my mailbox.  They are rare gems and always a nice surprise!

Posted by Sherri Berry, Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate (Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro) almost 8 years ago

Al and Cal - Handwritten notes are never out of style and exudes an air of class and always will. We still do them but not as much as we would like to of course.... Personal touches like these speak volumes in our opinion

Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) almost 8 years ago
Thanks for the post. Writing letters and notes are very powerful, I am starting to do it more. They work much better than emails and regular printed mail.
Posted by Mahesh Mike Patel, Call Me And Consider It Done! (First Team Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Carol Ann, you are so right with this post. I recently went back to "old school" hand-written notes and noticed a definite change. People are bombarded these days in their emails and a thank you, or just a note to touch base gets lost in the overload. A hand-addressed and handwritten note just jumps out from the stack of mail.

Posted by Ron Fowler (Fowler Copywriting) almost 8 years ago

Carol Ann, handwritten notes, full letters or thank you notes are gems I agree. Very rare these days cause people do not take time to write them.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Terrific post!  It is sad that the hand-written notes are fading away.  They offer such a personal touch that emails will never grant.  You post reminded me to get back to that very simple task.  Thanks!!!

Posted by Joseph Foster, The Foster Team - Fostering Your Home Dreams (Michael Saunders & Company) almost 8 years ago

Hi Carol-Ann,

Hand written notes are always more personal than an email. I love hand written notes because it shows the sincerely of that person taking their time to write to you.

Posted by Mike Yeo (3:16 team REALTY) almost 8 years ago

Great reminder, Carol Ann! I've had people tell me they still have a card I sent them sitting on their desk. I always intend to sit down and write more but you've reminded me that I really need to make it a part of my plan! The personal touch is never going to go out of style.

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Sells Real Estate! (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 8 years ago

Hi Cal-congrats on the feature!!!!!!!!!!! I still like to send hand written thank yous:)

Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) almost 8 years ago

Defintely a lost art, but as we transition into a more digital society, it's something that will help us be remembered.  I love it when a client calls me or emails me to say, "I just got your note and it made my day!"  I keep a stack of notecards on my desk.  It's the little things.

Posted by Tamara Inzunza, Close-In Alexandria and Arlington Living (RE/MAX Executives) almost 8 years ago

Great post! Hand written notes and cards are more treasured and accepted than emails. The fact that someone takes the time to sit and write something specifically to me (no CC'ing or BCC'ing on snail mail!) and also adding the expense of postage makes me feel quite special. This is something we try to do for our clients as well. It shows that we care enough about them to take time for them!

Thanks for this reminder.

Posted by Chris Rooker (Kline May Realty) almost 8 years ago

Great post and I, too, am a believer of hand written notes -- it becomes a habit.   A GOOD one.

Posted by Bud & Beth McKinney, Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United (RE/MAX UNITED) almost 8 years ago

I use hand-written notes. I send them to clients, family, friends, even other agents. It is definitely a lost art but a viable form of communication in our business.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) almost 8 years ago

Hi Al,  Couldn't agree more with your sentiments on personal mail.  While I think it will continue to decline in volume the U.S. Mail will be looked upon as quite special when properly used !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) almost 8 years ago

I always send a handwritten thank you note to the people who stop by my open houses.

Posted by Lori Fishkind, Realtor (Reliant Realty) almost 8 years ago

Wow, great post and a gold star too!  We have to keep the post office, what will people like my mother do?  Where will our Holiday Cards and all of those Birthday greetings with checks in them go?

Seriously, I just sent some notes to clients hand written and in the US Mail!

Posted by Christine OShea (Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker) almost 8 years ago

Hi Joe.    I agree!   Send out cards! 


Hi Charita.    Yes, they do.


Hi Michael.   Certainly could get lost in all that junk mail.


Hi Chuck.   It is so easy to get caught up in hitting the keyboard instead!


Hi Mark.     I'm doing my part.   I could not imagine not having the U.S. mail.


Hi Brent.    So True.  


Thank you all for taking the time to read and comment!



Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

Hi Monica.    It does seem to open doors that have been closed for awhile.


Hi Rich.    Good idea!   I do have someone that I haven't been able to reach by phone or email!


Hi Tom.    I was always taught to follow through with the note.  


Hi Sherri.    Seems like a rare bird.   When spotted.  Delightful!  


Hi Lisa and Robert.   I agree and am going to be sure to write more.


Hi Mahesh.     Me too!


Thank you all for finding your way here.  I truly appreciate each and every comment!



Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

Hi Ron.    Some of those "old school" ways work wonders!


Hi Gary.    So true.   My writing is atrocious since spending so much time at the keyboard!


Hi Joseph.  You are welcome!  :)


Hi Mike.   I totally agree.


Hi Nina.    Don't you just love seeing old letters from family members long gone.  


Thank you all for stopping by and commenting.   I really appreciate it!



Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

Hi Marco!   Always nice to hear from you my pilot friend!  


Hi Tamara.    Those are the phone calls we love to get!


Hi Chris.    Exactly.    I have been so lazy lately.     No more!


Hi Bud and Beth.    One of those great habits.


Hi Tammie.     A lost art.  Yes.   Dying out because of all the quicker ways of communication I guess.


Hi Bill.   I do hope the US Mail can keep it together. 


Hi Lori.    How smart you are.   I think I will start doing that!  


Hi Erica.     When the crowd goes one way, run the other my Mother used to say!   


Thank you all for coming over to read and comment.    Much appreciated!


Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

Hi Christine.     LOL... Funny, I thought the same thing!    Still laughing.     Mine is always worried about getting the mail or putting something in.    Thanks for stopping by.    Missed you. 

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

I'm afraid we may be the last generation to send out handwritten cards.  Some school districts have voted to stop teaching  cursive handwriting to kids, saying it's no longer necessary.  Sad. 

Posted by Susan Harding, HomeStar Video Tours, Showcasing You and Your Listings, 855-579-6284 almost 8 years ago

I love handwritten notes and do them as often as possible.  I always try to think of what it is that I appreciate and do the same for my clients!

Posted by Rebecca Melancon (RAM Arts Photography) almost 8 years ago

Cal, I think that handwritten is so retro, and that is exactly why it works so well!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

One of my recent handwritten notes prompted a call which encouraged me to send more; congrats on the feature.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) almost 8 years ago

Hi Mel.     We DO need the US Postal Service.    See comment #57.   I think she was joking here, but the reality is that there are many folks out there that live to read their mail (even the junk), and many older and some younger folks that don't have access to email and therefore rely on the mail service for communication.      I also know letter carriers that are a wonderful at "wellness checks" and are the first to notice something not quite right!     I have heard all kinds of arguments like yours that make sense to me and I'm afraid I agree that they have come to rely on the Federal Government bailing their butts out like  so many others.  So nothing changes.  Lots of folks have been thinking outside the box on this issue.   For example,  I have even heard an idea where the letter carriers could handle the census which would eliminate the need for the seasonal hires the  Government takes on for the cause.   There are so many suggestions for changes that would save money, jobs and that make sense.    The Postal Service is amazing at what they do and with the speed and accuracy that they do it.    I do hope they can get their acts together by paying attention to the many pragmatic solutions to their issues, implementing something that makes sense to keep themselves afloat.     Thank you for reading and commenting on the post.    Appreciated.

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

Hi Susan!   I know that my handwriting is going down the tubes too.    I can't believe that the schools would elect not to teach it!     We definitely need a back up to the technology.    And I sure don't want to go into why.  :)   


Hi Rebecca!    I think that your thought process is always a winner!   


Hi Pat!   Retro?   Makes me smile.    I feel old.   My Mom used to make us write one every time we got a gift, you know, in the proper form and manner.     So definitely "old school".    Couldn't get the kids to write one to save my soul!     LOL.


Hi Teral!     The proof in the pudding!     Thanks.  :)    


Thank you all for taking your time to check my blog out.   I appreciate each and every comment!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

I don't think handwritten letters will ever go out of style. As long as the letter is merited and doesn't look canned. Great idea. Think I will send some hand written letters today.

Posted by Allen Deaver, Allen Deaver (Sky Realty) almost 8 years ago

Carol Ann, what a great reminder & i too will put everything in the mail aside to read a handwritten note...thanks so much for getting me going again!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Hi Allen.   You know, that is a good point!    Thanks for dropping in.


Hi Ginny.    I need to get going myself.     Thanks for reading.    See you today I hope!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

Carol Ann, great post!  Agreee with you and others that handwritten notes will NEVER GET OLD!  ;-)

Posted by Kent Dills, Real Estate 817-495-8028, Bellingham, Washington (Broker, Dills Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

My writing isn't that great but I at least hand write addresses when prospecting. My wife writes the notes when she does it as her writing is very nice. It's worth it to us.

Posted by The Derrick Team - Indy Metro Realtors, Your Pet Friendly Realtors (Carpenter Realtors) almost 8 years ago

Good morning Carol Ann. Never doubt the mighty power of the pen. That's how to get the emotions out in your message. Like others mentioned on this blog, I use it a lot and it works wonders. The fact the fewer people use it less, makes it more valuable. If you intend to embark on a quest to write more by hand - get yourself a great writing instrument, it will make your experience ever more enriched. They say a felt pen is best for writing personal notes.

Posted by Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR, Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations (West USA Realty) almost 8 years ago

Sending cards via email works best for me because my penmanship is atrocious, yet I agree with you, however, your message must be readable by the recipient, doesn't it? 

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) almost 8 years ago

No I don't. I send handwritten thank you's to clients. Most send me them in return also which I post on my office door. I think the PO might be down but they are not out of the game as of yet. I still send just listed & sold cards also though not like I once did.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) almost 8 years ago
I do them with my contacts and after listing appointments.
Posted by Joy Tiz, SFR (Desert Homes & Land Inc, Palm Desert, CA) almost 8 years ago

Good advice.

Posted by Jim McCormack, Nashville Short Sale REALTOR - Stop Foreclosure (Nashville Short Sale Specialist - Jim McCormack - Edge Advantage Realty, LLC - 615-784-EDGE (3343)) almost 8 years ago

Who does not love a thank you card in the mail, its very personal and a great act of kindness to show how much someone cares

Posted by Michael Deery (Citywide Financial Corp) almost 8 years ago

I get a kick out of receiving an email thank you in response to my hand written notes. 

Posted by Beverly Femia, Broker Realtor Stager - Greater Wilmington, NC Are (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) almost 8 years ago

I think by the overwhelming response that hand written notes are not dead. My goal is 60 a month to my clients or friends. Does not sound like a lot but being consistent is the key and i know it will pay off.

Posted by Frank kelnhofer almost 8 years ago

Hi Carol Ann:  I think handwritten notes are a wonderful thing.  I love getting them and need to be more diligent about sending them..... I know a lot of people like the new send out cards but for me -- it kind of defeats the real intention of a handrwritten note.  I like this post so much, I'm getting new cards printed today to start sending out more handwritten notes.

Posted by Pam almost 8 years ago

I love handwritten notes and letters too. I have cards and letters from my grandparents and great grandparents that are 40+ years old. I live on email, but I do wonder what our future will be like with fewer hard copy memories.

Posted by Andrew Herren (Craig Massee Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Carol Ann: My chiropractor always sends out birthday greetings via a post card each year. I love that he takes the time to write a personal note on each. This is a very small example of something that touches lives every day. I wish I were better about it myself! Carrie

Posted by Carrie Sampron, ABR SFR & Kathy Sampron (303) 931-3629 Highlands R (Home Smart Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

i have been receiving hand written cards with a long handwritten letter, both side of the yellow lined paper, from a plumber. I don't know how he has time to do all the writing but I can tell you that my hot water heater just blew up and I called him to replace it.  His marketing never left my mind.

Posted by Patty Clark, Helping Families Move with Care (Morningside Homes, LLC) almost 8 years ago

I think you are right, but my hand writing is so bad they might think some child scrawled it.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Hand written notes require more effort, which in turn mean more.

Posted by Michael Singh,Broker (Singh Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Another avid member of the "sisterhood of talk radio junkies" here.  Its the main reason I had a Sirius radio installed in my jeep!

As far as the USPS - its an ongoing struggle to keep the level of service, especially in rural areas.  As Jon Stewart quipped recently - its a terrible business model, trying to custom deliver an envelope anywhere in the US for under $.50.


Posted by Jeanne Dufort, Madison and Lake Oconee GA (Coldwell Banker Lake Country) almost 8 years ago

Hi Kent.   Nice that someone else thinks so too!


Hi Derrick Team.   Thanks the way it works in this team too!


Hi Richard.   I never thought of that.  Thanks for the great idea!


Hi Kimo.   LOL.  You are right!


Hi Lyn.    I think there is power in those just listed and sold cards.   I am back to sending them.


Hi Joy.    It's a great idea.


Thank you all for taking to the to stop in.   I appreciate your comments.


Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

Hi Jim.   Thank you!


Hi Michael.   Agree!


Hi Beverly.    That's kind of funny!   Don't think I have received one of those yet!


Hi Frank.   That does sound like a lot, but I will bet it pays off!


Hi Pam.   What is a "new send out" card?   Like an evite?


Hi Chris and Patty.   Wow.  Now that would not leave my mind either!!


Hi Carrie.   I am going to try too!


Hi Andrew.   Those are letters to cherish.


Hi Gene.   Seriously.  I think mine looks like a child's lately!


Hi Michael.    Agreed!


Hi Jeanne.    Got to love that talk radio.   I sincerely the USPS gets it together.    I don't know how they move it for that small amount of money.    


Thank you all for stopping by to add to this topic.   I appreciate your comments!  







Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

Hi Carol Ann - you are so right - I love to get hand written postal mail (can't recall the last one though) -it is much a thing of the past - so unfortunate!  As of today, I'm bringing 'hand written postal mail back' starting with a few old friends [who likely don't even know me as a real estate agent] and  a few older clients that I need to say hello to.

Thanks for bringing this up and congrats on your feature.

Posted by Ruby Lee Sweeting, Your Bahamas Agent for Relocations & Second Homes (Darville Wong Associates Realty Bahamas) almost 8 years ago

Carol Ann,  Everyone loves to receive a handwritten note.  I still send them out.  I think it's much more personal.  Congrats on the feature!

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Good post Carol.  Just by sending a "thank you" note to a couple who attended an Open House I had, earned me a new a client.  I found them a beautiful home.  They were first time home buyers.  I cannot find any better way than to let someone know that you care than to just say...... "thank you."

Lovely day to you!

Posted by Anonymous almost 8 years ago

Handwritten is awesome and we all should use it more often...even to family and clients and other potential clients. even a spouse or child once in a while is kind of nice as well...

Posted by Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940 (Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska) almost 8 years ago

I have made a habit of sending HAND WRITTEN notes to new contacts, FSBO's , people who do something nice for me (such as a waitress at the local restaurant), local business people who have been recognized in the news for something and so on.  It is the cheapest advertising I can get.  And yes you do stand out,  Recently I had a contact that I have never met call me for a listing.  When I asked at our first meeting how they came to call me it was because of a congratulatory note (I always include 2 business cards as well) that I had sent to them after being recognized in the local paper for a acheivement. With postage and the cost of the stationary maybe 75 cents , well spent.

Posted by Bill Morrow, Bill Morrow, Associate Broker (Keller Williams of Central PA) almost 8 years ago

There was an editorial cartoon in our local paper today (local papers are on the same endangered list as 6 day per week mail delivery) that showed a smiling postman with his back to a diesel semi truck and trailer bearing down on him. The truck was emblazoned with the signs for FedEx, USP and the word “Internet”.

Posted by John Juarez, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN (The Medford Real Estate Team) almost 8 years ago

I love handwritten letters.  I still have a few "pen pals" where we almost exclusively communicate this way and I love it, more than the phone, more than facebook, more than email. -Kasey

Posted by Kasey & John Boles, Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties (Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - almost 8 years ago

Very good point, Carol Ann. I agree and need to work on that aspect of my business. Thanks for a nicely written reminder!

Posted by Jeff Hollister, Real Estate Broker, Serving Orange County, CA (Native Californian with 20 years serving OC Buyers & Sellers) almost 8 years ago

I certainly hope not! Hand written notes are like little gifts to be treasured.

When I was in real estate I tried to make it a habit to send thank you notes for any and all kinds of reasons. And sometimes, in response I got a thank you note for the thank you note! It's THAT unusual. 

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) almost 8 years ago

One thing I remember from my marketing class from RE school was however the instructor made it a practice to get up each morning at 5am and write 10 Hand written notes. I don't know if it was the "hand written note" or the "5am" part that surprised me the most......

Posted by Nick Walton, Call 469-556-2393 (JP & Associates REALTORS®) almost 8 years ago

Hi Ruby.   Thanks for stopping by!


Hi Elyse.    Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!


Hi Anonymous.    Thanks for your comment!   Good day to you too!


Hi Mike.   My Mom used to force us to write them all the time.   They have become a habit.


Hi Bill.   That's a great story and sure makes it worth while!


Hi John.   So sad but maybe true?


Hi Kasey.   Do you save the letters to look back?


Hi Jeff.   Thank you for checking it out!


Hi Marte.   I have a box of letters that I have saved.   I think I am going to dig them out!!


Hi Nick.    I think it is the 5 am part!!


Thank you all for your nice stories and comments.    I appreciate you taking the time to stop by!   Thanks!


Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

We write handwritten notes to our buyers, sellers, and sphere. It makes a world of difference in our business.

Posted by Liane Thomas -Top Listing Agent, Bringing you Home! (BROKER Allison James Estates & Homes BRE 01885684) almost 8 years ago

Handwritten letters and notes are so important. And even though postage keeps going up, $0.48 isn't much to make a huge impression.

Posted by The Elise Bickel Team, Leasing, Property Management and Sales (ReMax Select Realty) almost 8 years ago

Hi Liane.   It does seem to set us apart.   I am all for that!    Thank you for reading!


Hi Weber Team.    You are right.   $.048 isn't too much to make a big impression.    Wow.   I just realized there is no cents key!   :)    Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

Nothing beats a handwritten note! It shows your sincerity since you took the time to carefully compose something unique to the other person.

Posted by Sean Williams, Your Louisville Realtor (AcklesWilliams of Semonin Realtors) almost 8 years ago

I am like you - a HUGE Fan of hand written notes.  Notes to say Thank You - Notes to Say, I am Thinking of You, Notes to Say I am Sorry You are Hurting or Sorry if I hurt you.

With email being the easy - hand written notes are the, "SPECIAL"!  Joy

Posted by Joy Carter & Jeff Booker Brother and Sister Team, Trust Your Family's Move To Our Expertise! (Keller Williams Parkland/Coral Springs Realty-GreatFloridaHomes Team) almost 8 years ago

Huge fan of hand written notes!  I have seen great results throughout my career using them.

Posted by Kathy Sheehan, Senior Loan Officer (Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021) almost 8 years ago

I think hand written notes are great. I love to get them and I do send thank you notes that way. I only wish my writing looked better than that of a 3rd grader!  LOL!

Posted by Jenny Durling, For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758 (L.A. Property Solutions) almost 8 years ago

Hi Sean.   Just left some folks.  I am going to shoot them off a couple of thank you's now.  :)


Hi Joy.   I agree!  


Hi Kathy.    The majority think they are a great way of communication.   


Hi Jenny.  If hate to say that this is happening to me!   Too much time at the keyboard!  :)


Thank you all for checking it out and commenting on the subject!   Appreciated!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 8 years ago