Al and Cal Homes and Community: What Does Your Email Name Say About You?

What Does Your Email Name Say About You?

What Does Your Email Name Say About You?

Back in the day, when I first started on line with the old "chat room" style of getting used to the internet, I paid particular attention to what a person was trying to say with their email moniker.   email names, what does your email say about you

That old habit of paying attention to the name sent the red flags up today!   I received an email request for information on a rental property I have listed at 51 Hewes Street in Cumberland RI.    It came from ......

In reality, I didn't actually pay much attention to the name until I copied and pasted it into the address line of my email.   


I thought, are you kidding me right now? really?    This can't be.   Some one is really pulling my leg and you know what?   I don't want to go there.    Who would want to show this person a house???

What's an agent to do?    In this case, I responded to the email in a very professional way, asking "SueMe" to call if they are interested in the property.   I don't suspect I will get a call back.   

But what if the email moniker was more, well, freaky.   Would I respond?   Would you?

Hello folks. 

I have to protect myself and the people I represent.   I need you to talk to me... not just email... and if you do, consider the story your email or name tells.   

Moral to the Story.   While it is cute and fun to have an off beat name, when responding to and expecting a response to an on line inquiry, one might want to think what  subliminal message your email name gives off.    Sure, it is always fun to be quirky and cute, but if you are applying for a job or an apartment or answering a house ad, anything serious, you might want to consider that your email address is not just your best foot forward, it's your ONLY foot forward!  

Be cutesy after the fact... but get in the door.   People do not get in the door by scaring people!



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Carol-Ann Palmieri is a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 25 years along with her partner Al Mussi have helped literally hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.
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A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education.

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Comment balloon 32 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • July 17 2013 03:27AM


It is amazing some of the email addresses I receive, being professional on all levels count.
Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) almost 6 years ago

Carol-Ann, I would not respond to that email either.  That sounds like spam.  But an email addres does say alot.  I always suggest that people get an email that is simple to indentify aas close to their name as possible

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) almost 6 years ago

Good morning, Carol Ann... point well taken.... suggested.... those are the email names that you delete .....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 6 years ago

Hi David.    Try telling the kids that!    Thank you.   :)


Hi Grant.   Good point.  Never thought about spam.      Thank you!


Hi Barbara.   You never know.  What are some folks thinking?    Thanks you!  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

90% of the people I e-mail - clients, residents, would-be residents ALL have GMAIL e-mails....and my PRIMARY e-mail is AOL.....I just created a VANITY e-mail and it redirects to my GMAIL so I can view on my smartphone....

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) almost 6 years ago

Good morning Carol Ann,

With so many crazy cyber attacks going on who wants to take a chance responding to a hacker who could infect your computer. Sorry..I push the delete's not worth the possible consequences. Great post.... suggested!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) almost 6 years ago

Good morning Carol Ann. I never rewaly thought about this before but you are right on the money with this. Nicely done and suggested.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 6 years ago

Hi Wallace.  With what you do, you must see all kinds of email addresses come across your desk.  Like the vanity name you picked.



Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

Hi Dorie.  I had not even thought hacker until I read Grant's and your email.    Now you really have me going.  :)   Thank you.   

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

Hi Sheila.   Me either!   :)   Thank you!  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

You just have to laugh sometimes.  I have many email addresses but they all have my name (deetoohey) or dee2e in them.  I've thought of a using a real estate related name but just like my name best.  I guess for SEO, I should change my thinking.

Posted by Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro (Innovative Realty Solutions Group) almost 6 years ago

I used to see some very high end and professional ads or marketing material with free email names like yahoo or Gmail and it makes you wonder

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 6 years ago

I saw an email for an agent that was "blondedoubled at hot mail" That must look awesome on her marketing material....Not. 

Posted by Michael J. Gallo, Florida Luxury Realty - Gulf Home Sales Team (Florida Luxury Realty) almost 6 years ago

I'm fond on the cutesy email names for many leads - clearly intended to tell me they have no interest in being contacted.

Posted by Bryan Robertson almost 6 years ago

On more than one occasion when I get a call about a property and ask for the e-mail address if I hear the long pause then I know whats coming.  If they're so embarrased then why don't they change it?  When I get a message from Marilyn Monroe about a property search I know that my next step is to hit the delete button.

Posted by Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty ( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida) almost 6 years ago

Al and Cal great post and very interesting today an email with the email blahblahblah so how is one to repond to that email inquiry? No phone number nothing else but blah blah blah crazy but it happens.

Posted by Laura Filip, What can we do for you today? (Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life ) almost 6 years ago

We look at it because we are professionals. Doesn't work in our business. Those kind of email address are fake lots of times.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) almost 6 years ago

I never stopped being shocked by all the outrageous email names there are out there. But then again, I feel very good about someone inquiring about a house whose email is ***bradybunch***** You're right. It does say a lot about you.

Posted by Trisha Bush-LeFore, Providing Realtor Services in the Walla Walla Area (Preferred Properties Land & Homes) almost 6 years ago

Carol Ann: The odd, rude, or ridiculous email names get deleted as quickly as I see them.  Most of the time they are bogus accounts anyway.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) almost 6 years ago

Hi Carol-Ann

Such a great point. We know an agent who uses their phone number in their email address. Pretty creative. Thanks for your time and powerful message.

Posted by Jason Lindstrom, Your Las Vegas Real Estate & Community Connection (Keller Williams Realty Southwest) almost 6 years ago

Good point...I think a lot of folks picked their email address back when no one was sure if this internet thing would 'take.'  It might be time for an update!

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) almost 6 years ago

Carol Ann,

Email addresses are one of those things that sometimes you pick and then forget about, unless you do a brand new account. Some definitely need an upgrade because they aren't just weird, cutesy or unprofessional, they're just rude. 

Posted by Phil Stevenson, CRMP, "Mortgage Nerd" in Miami, Florida and Texas (PS Mortgage Lending 305-791-4874 or 888-845-6630) almost 6 years ago


Congrats on the Featured post and your blog has a really good point and message. Sometimes I cannot believe how stupid some folks are with what they do. Email name is another in a long line of dumb things some folks do as they think it is smart or something? 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) almost 6 years ago

We are in a serious business dealing with serious assets for people. I don't believe in being cute under these circumstances. I believe in being professional and business-like.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) almost 6 years ago

Some of the website lead emails I receive are almost scary and many border on vulgar.  I pick and choose which ones to respond to and some of them are so cute or inventive that I use their appeal in my response to find common ground with the emailer.

Posted by Marnie Matarese, Showing you the best of Sarasota! (DWELL REAL ESTATE) almost 6 years ago

Carol Ann, I have noticed some folks use the email addresses like old CB Handles, it is silly in today's world of business, congrats on the feature!

Posted by Christine OShea (Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker) almost 6 years ago

Some people still use their original email address for personal emails.  I have friends who are CEOs and judges that have addresses that could be refreshed.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) almost 6 years ago

Hi Dee.  I use my name too.  


Hi Richie.  I hadn't thought of that.  Thanks for opening my eyes.  


Hi Michael.  Eye catching for sure!  :)


Hi Bryan.   For sure! 


Hi Chris and Dick.   haha.   What do people think?  


Hi Laura.    Crazy stuff.   :)


Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

Hi Bill.   Why do they bother?


Hi Trish.    A lot of times you can tell how old some one is by the numbers they plug in too.   :)


Hi Anita.  Again, why do they bother?   Would love to know.  


Hi Jason.   I kind of like that idea.  


Hi Holly.   I agree.


Hi Phil.     I think you might be right!



Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

Hi Bob.  My sentiments exactly!


Hi Nina.   Agreed!


Hi Marnie.   I am hitting the D on emails that make me feel uneasy.


Hi Christine.  Funny, I was thinking of those old CB handles when I wrote this.   Thanks.


Hi Sharon.   After reading these comments, I think it might be common unless you are using email for business.

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

Al and Cal, point well taken although I have a few in my inbox that are creative from "back in the day" and will remain with their owners forever.  Before email we may have wondered "What's in a name?" now it's "In your face!"

Posted by Kevin J. May, Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida (Florida Supreme Realty) almost 6 years ago

Hi Kevin.  True!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 6 years ago