Email Signatures Tell Your Clients A lot About YOU!

The holiday season is always a great time to be in touch and reconnect with clients past and present.  While communicating with Wendy Roloff of our Champions Office, I noted her very festive and well thought out email signature, so I asked her permission to share it.  The email signature below not only conveys the warmth of the season, but it also provides just what TREC wants to see all-year-round when communicating with clients:

First, above the actual email signature is a link to the TREC form Information About Brokerage Services (IABS) in a statement suggested by TAR in a recent Texas REALTOR® magazine article and email post.  It clearly tells the reader what they will get when they click on the link.

(Also attached for clarification are TAR Legal FAQs (TAR Legal FAQs on IABS link to Email and TAR Legal FAQs on IABS) and the front page of two issues of the TREC Advisor newsletter that specifically instructs how the IABS should be delivered.)
TREC Advisor – IABS and Emails
TREC Advisor – IABS and Leases

 One must remember that TREC does not want the IABS link within the email signature and although it is an excellent idea to include it ABOVE the email signature as shown below, the agent is to explain and point out that the IABS is attached when it is part of the first phase of a business relationship and when acknowledgement is being requested in writing.  (See the attached articles for further details.)

Second, see the great disclosure statement above the email signature line:  My statements in this email do not create a binding agreement for my clients.  

 

Due to the Texas law, Uniform Electronic Transaction Act (UETA), statements made by an agent in an email could be construed by a client’s attorney to be binding upon the other party.  Therefore, a statement like the one below included above the email signature can be good protection.  Other statements could include:

“My typed name in this email is not my electronic signature nor the electronic signature of my clients.” Or,  “I do not have the authority to bind my clients to a contract.”

(Both of these statements were taken from the TREC Legal CE course and are not being presented as company policy, only as a suggestion and as a reminder to be cautious when putting negotiations in an email or text.)

Always include your office address and telephone contact information in your email signature.  How else will your client know where and how to reach you.  Be a professional in all ways including providing complete contact information

If these three elements are included “in” and “above” your email signature, your risk level is likely to be greatly diminished.  And, you can wish your clients a Happy Holiday and best wishes all year long!

 (This email signature is being presented as an example with the permission of its author.)

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dianne McCoy, Realtor®
ABR, ABRM, CLHMS, CNE, CRB, CRP, CRS, GRI, MCNE, SRES, SRS
Director of Education and Compliance
dianne.mccoy@garygreene.com

Cyber Monday Discounts on Licensing!

We’re pleased to announce our new partnership in conjunction with BHGRE and The CE Shop to offer you discounted online education!

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This discount applies to all courses through The CE Shop including all Continuing Education courses and Packages as well as any Post-Licensing and Pre-Licensing!

Click on the coupon to visit The CE Shop and enter the promo code CM40 at checkout.

Top Producers for October 2016

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1. LYNETTE LEW, MEMORIAL
2. WENDY ROLOFF, CHAMPIONS
3. CES GUERRA, INNER LOOP
4. CHERYLÉ SANDERSON, WOODLANDS
5. TERI BONNEL, LAKE CONROE
6. DEB HALL, WOODLANDS
7. DJ ZURBRIGGEN, CHAMPIONS
8. MELESSA CLARK, LAKE HOUSTON
9. ANGELA CHAVEZ, CY FAIR
10. SALLY BECK, CHAMPIONS

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1. ELLIS-NABORS TEAM, CY FAIR
2. CONNELL TEAM, CY FAIR
3. LIPPINCOTT TEAM, CY FAIR
4. LINDA WADE TEAM, KATY
5. GUDERYON TEAM, MEMORIAL
6. JILL SMITH TEAM, CY FAIR
7. FRENK TEAM, BAY AREA
8. GESSLER GROUP, KATY
9. FINE LIVING GROUP, KATY
10. HANSON TEAM, WOODLANDS

Top Producers for June 2016

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1. BOB MILES, KATY
2. CHERYLÉ SANDERSON, WOODLANDS
3. WENDY ROLOFF, CHAMPIONS
4. CATHEY GRANELLO, INNER LOOP
5. MOIRA HOLDEN, FT. BEND
6. DAVID JAMES, CHAMPIONS
7. ARLENE HINSLEY, KATY
8. STEVE OWEN, WOODLANDS
9. ROBIN BRAND, CUSTOM HOMES
10. CHERYLÉ SANDERSON, WOODLANDS

Top Team Performers

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1. LIPPINCOTT TEAM, CY FAIR
2. ELLIS-NABORS TEAM, CY FAIR
3. ALINDA MARTIN TEAM, FRIENDSWOOD
4. KEITH OWENS TEAM, BAY AREA
5. JILL SMITH TEAM, CY FAIR
6. JOYCE ADAMIAK GROUP, BAY AREA
7. HANSON TEAM, WOODLANDS
8. SANTIAGO TEAM, CHAMPIONS
9. FRENK TEAM, BAY AREA
10. JODI RUTLEDGE TEAM, WOODLANDS

BHGRE Top Performers for February 2016

Top Performers

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1. ROBYN BRAND, WOODLANDS
2. CES GUERRA, INNER LOOP
3. CHRISTI BORDEN, KATY
4. MOIRA HOLDEN, FT. BEND
5. VERONICA VALENTZ, FT. BEND
6. BRAD CARLSON, WOODLANDS
7. BRAD FLEMING, MEMORIAL
8. DEBBY BROWN, CY FAIR
9. CAROL MARPLE, LAKE HOUSTON
10. DJ ZURBRIGGEN, CHAMPIONS

Top Team Performers

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1. LIPPINCOTT TEAM, CY FAIR
2. JILL SMITH TEAM, CY FAIR
3. ELLIS-NABORS TEAM, CY FAIR
4. HANSON TEAM, WOODLANDS
5. FRENK TEAM, BAY AREA
6. SHAD BOGANY TEAM, INNER LOOP
7. LABUS/CAFFEY TEAM, FT. BEND
8. KATY COMPLETE TEAM, KATY
9. ALINDA MARTIN TEAM, FRIENDSWOOD
10. CONNELL TEAM, CY FAIR

HAR Names Realtor Jennifer Wauhob as Rising Star Among “20 Under 40”

wauhobHOUSTON (September 10, 2014) – Jennifer Wauhob, of  Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate (BHGRE) Gary Greene, has been named one of the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) 20 Under 40 Rising Stars in Real Estate. Wauhob is an agent at the BHGRE Gary Greene Katy office, and is being recognized as a young professional in the real estate industry.

“I am humbled and honored to have received this recognition from the Houston Association of Realtors,” said Wauhob. “I truly love what I do and know that it wouldn’t be possible without my amazing clients and the support I have received from my company.”

The 20 Under 40 Rising Stars in Real Estate Award demonstrates excellence in sales, leadership and community service. To honor the winners of this award, the HAR’s 4th annual awards celebration will be held on September 22, 2014 at the Bayou City Event Center.

Wauhob began her real estate career four years ago with BHGRE Gary Greene. She is also a part time career development coach for the BHGRE Gary Greene Katy office. In 2013, she was the winner of the Better Homes and Gardens Silver Award, which recognizes outstanding performance as a real estate professional, ranking Wauhob among the top two percent of all agents in the national brand. She is currently serving on several HAR advisory boards. Outside of real estate, Wauhob is a mother of two daughters and is an active member of the Houston Junior League. Wauhob is also a member of the Second Baptist West where she sings on the Praise Team.

The Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene Katy office is located at 23922 Cinco Village Center #123 Katy, TX 77494. Wauhob can be reached at 281-646-1136 or via email at jennifer@katygoodlife.com. For more information about Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene, visit GaryGreene.com.

About Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene is a leading Houston residential real estate brokerage and is owned by Mark Woodroof and Marilyn Eiland. Celebrating its 50th year of operations in the Houston area, the company has listed more homes, sold more listings and closed more transactions than any other brokerage in Houston. The brokerage has grown to encompass 21 offices in the greater Houston/Galveston area and more than 900 agents.

The Houston Business Journal has named the company No. 1 in closed transactions. Real Trends Magazine ranked the company No. 50 among all residential brokerages in the United States in closed transaction sides in 2013. The company actively supports The Sunshine Kids Foundation, a 501c3 that supports children and their families battling cancer.

For more info please visit, www.GaryGreene.com, like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

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BHGRE GG Agent Licensed 6 months has Major Market Share in Neighborhood!

David James, from our Champions Office, took his real estate exam December 2013!  Today, he has 5 listings, 5 commitments to list next month and 3 more commitments to list in September.  He has presented 9 listing proposals/CMA’s with active discussion of listing in the next 3 months.  Not only will his current listings help him get more business – David keeps adding more business to his pipeline!

I met David last January in my SOLAR CLASS [Success of Listing through Accountable Relationships] at the Champions Office.  He has a very pleasing, outgoing personality and loves  to have fun, even when he is learning.  Since SOLAR, he has called upon me on occasion and given me an update on his outstanding “rise to success”.  He is quick to express thanks and appreciation to everyone in his office and everyone at the corporate office for enabling him to go so far so fast.  David realizes that in real estate – no man is an island.  His consistent efforts and supportive people got him where he is.    I thought his tips would be beneficial to those that want major market share in their neighborhood.

How did a new agent generate so much business in such a short time?   Here are a few tips and visuals from David as he explains how:

  1. David differentiates.  He believes in sending 10 personal notes into his farm and sphere [on occasion] everyday.  “On one occasion of many, I wrote 10 personal notes and from it, I generated and sold a $610,000 listing before I could put it in MLS, generated 2 new listings and one potential listing when his new home gets built!”
  2. David markets his properties.  He holds an Open House in his farm almost every weekend.  The beauty of this is that most neighbors come and visit the Open House so he gets to meet the curious neighbors!
  3. David markets himself rigorously while he’s marketing his properties.
    1. David has a customized door mat with our logo, his picture and contact info.  He lays this at the front door as neighbors and buyers enter the Open House for a tour.  See visual of his door mat in second picture below.
    2. David has a customized, oversized Open House sign with our logo, his picture and contact info to direct traffic to his Open Houses.  Wow!  Now people not only know there is an Open House going on but who’s holding that house open, what he looks like and his contact info!  That’s great personal marketing showing that this agent actually is working right now for a seller.  See visual of his Open House Sign below.
  4. David strategizes. He believes in putting effort in trying to get listings in high traffic areas of the neighborhood and of course, holding them open when he does.  From there, he can use his personal marketing signs to generate more listings in the cul-de-sacs and less trafficked areas of the neighborhood.
  5. David is not a secret agent!  He rightfully believes in wearing his BHGRE Gary Greene badge everyday.  It’s guaranteed to get him business and he has received business as a result of just wearing his badge everywhere he goes.
  6. David lives in the neighborhood he farms.  This gives him validity to his neighbors.  He has invested in the area where he solicits business and he has a personal interest in keeping the property values high!  Sellers’ like this.
  7. David knows his neighborhood.  If a new listing comes up in his neighborhood – David tours it.  There is no listing in his farm that David hasn’t toured.

In closing, David does do direct mail to announce new and sold listings in his neighborhood and appreciates the company’s participation in his success.  He also thinks Realtors® are on display in every way every day.  “Make sure people see the best in you everyday!”

Congratulations, David, for an outstanding first 6 months in the business!  Thank you for sharing your story to all of us.

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Note:  If you know of a new agent that has risen to success quickly – please let me know so I can tell their story!

Written by Toni Nelson, Director of Strategic Initiatives, BHGRE Gary Greene.

 

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene Adds Realtor Brenda Chavez to Inner Loop Team

Realtor Builds New Career Showcasing the Town She LovesBrenda Chavez B&W

HOUSTON, TEXAS (April 21, 2014)Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene proudly announces that Realtor Brenda Chavez has joined its Inner Loop office. Chavez possesses a strong business background and entrepreneurial work ethic gained from years of owning her own businesses.

“I built my construction business from the ground up,” said Chavez. “It has given me a strong foundation on which to build my new career in real estate. I have a thorough understanding of the construction process. I have worked with contractors, employees, bankers, project managers and heads of corporations. I have developed strong skills in marketing, networking and customer relations – all of which I use in a daily basis to assist my clients.”

“Brenda is a tremendous champion for Houston and, more importantly, her clients,” said J.J. Molaison, manager of the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene Inner Loop office. “She has a true passion for helping people successfully navigate the Houston real estate market. Her expert knowledge and enthusiasm enables her customers to have a positive home buying or selling experience. I am so pleased to welcome Brenda to the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene family.”

Chavez, originally from Shreveport, La., has made her home in Houston since 1975. Chavez specializes in assisting customers with their real estate needs in the Tanglewood, Memorial and Spring Valley neighborhoods. “I absolutely LOVE Houston and always have,” said Chavez.

Chavez was one of the original Houston Oilers Cheerleaders and a Houston Rockets Cheerleader as well as the owner, founder and director of the Houston Rockets Cheerleaders. Chavez raised three daughters in the Briargrove Park and Bunker Hill Village areas, and has five grandchildren. She enjoys outdoor activities including boating, golf, fishing and spending time at her ranch in Hempstead. She is an avid sports enthusiast and especially loves Texas A&M football.

The Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene Inner Loop office is located in the River Oaks Shopping Center at 1939 West Gray, Houston, Texas 77019. Chavez can be reached at 713-614-6914 or via email at brenda.chavez@garygreene.com. For more information about Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene, visit GaryGreene.com.

 About Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene is a leading Houston residential real estate brokerage and is owned by Mark Woodroof and Marilyn Eiland. Celebrating its 50th year of operations in the Houston area, the company has listed more homes, sold more listings and closed more transactions than any other brokerage in Houston. The brokerage has grown to encompass 21 offices and more than 850 agents. Real Trends magazine ranked the company among the top 60 residential brokerages in the United States in closed transaction sides in 2012. The company actively supports Sunshine Kids. www.GaryGreene.com.

Realtor Samantha Richards Joins Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene Team

Top-Tier Service Key to Success for Experienced Realtor sam

HOUSTON, TEXAS (April 21, 2014)Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene is pleased to announce that experienced Realtor and certified staging specialist Samantha Richards has joined its Lake Houston office. Richards is a seasoned professional with over 15 years’ experience serving clients.

“Samantha sometimes calls herself a property pro, and it is absolutely true. She is a consummate professional,” said Lisa Dempsey, manager of the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Lake Houston office. “Her customers benefit from her expertise and her honest, hard-working work ethic. Her dedication to excellence makes her a perfect fit with the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene customer service philosophy.”

“If you want your home SOLD, not just listed, I am here to help,” said Richards. “Customer service is my top priority. My customer’s goals become my goals, and I am committed to using all of my skills to help make your dreams a reality.”

Richards, a certified home staging professional, offers a free home staging consultation to all of her clients listing their home on the market. She also is a current, green specialist Realtor, sharing ways for homeowners to live greener, which enables them to save on utility costs and extend the life of the home.

“My goal as a Realtor is to make the process of buying or selling your property a seamless one,” said Richards. “Every transaction is different, but as your personal ‘property pro’ I will help you find the best solutions for your unique needs.”

Richards and her husband, Joe, are currently living and raising their family in the lake community. They cherish the beauty of the North Houston area and love the recreation opportunities and serenity that lake life provides.

The Lake Houston office of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene is located at 18455 West Lake Houston Parkway, Suite 250, Humble, Texas 77346. Richards can be reached at 936-328-3355 or via email at samantha.richards@garygreene.com. For more information about Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene, visit GaryGreene.com.

About Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene is a leading Houston residential real estate brokerage and is owned by Mark Woodroof and Marilyn Eiland. Celebrating its 50th year of operations in the Houston area, the company has listed more homes, sold more listings and closed more transactions than any other brokerage in Houston. The brokerage has grown to encompass 21 offices and more than 850 agents. Real Trends magazine ranked the company among the top 60 residential brokerages in the United States in closed transaction sides in 2012. The company actively supports Sunshine Kids. www.GaryGreene.com.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene Welcomes Realtor Kristin Wiseheart

HOUSTON, TEXAS (March 27, 2014) – Realtor Kristin E. Wiseheart has joined Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene’s Champions Kristin Wiseheartoffice. A former attorney, Wiseheart not only possesses sharp negotiating tactics, but also provides valuable guidance throughout the buying and selling process.

“Kristin is precisely the kind of person you want on your team,” said Sharon Teusink, manager of the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene Champions office. “She is persistent, proactive and assertive. She is a strategic thinker who can also offer her clients expert advice. It is my honor to welcome Kristin to Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene.”

Prior to entering real estate, Wiseheart operated her own law office before retiring her practice to attend to the needs of her special needs child. During her law career, Wiseheart gained a multitude of skills that she continues to utilize with her real estate customers.

“In both law and real estate, you have to earn your client’s trust and confidence, be compassionate to their needs and listen attentively, be proficient in researching and analyzing detailed data, and advocate effectively on their behalf,” said Wiseheart.

In addition to her real estate career, Wiseheart is an active participant in many community organizations and volunteers with local missions and ministry groups to help people in need. She has three children, ages 14, 16 and 19.

The Champions office of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene is located at 8817 Louetta Road, Spring, TX 77379.  Wiseheart can be reached at 832-279-3636 or via email at kristin.wiseheart@garygreene.com. For more information about Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene, visit GaryGreene.com.

About Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene is a leading Houston residential real estate brokerage and is owned by Mark Woodroof and Marilyn Eiland. Celebrating its 50th year of operations in the Houston area, the company has listed more homes, sold more listings and closed more transactions than any other brokerage in Houston. The brokerage has grown to encompass 21 offices and more than 850 agents. Real Trends magazine ranked the company among the top 60 residential brokerages in the United States in closed transaction sides in 2012. The company actively supports Sunshine Kids. GaryGreene.com.