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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A personal touch

Today is a digital age where most people communicate through e-mail, social media, and text messaging; however, another form of written communication is often overlooked: the handwritten letter.  Getting a note in the mail is a special occasion for many of us because it is completely unexpected in our society.  Since people have become so reliant on technology, the receipt of a handwritten, or even a typed and printed letter is an uncommon and welcome occurrence.  In college, our career development director taught a class on the importance of proper business communication.  The ability to effectively communicate through phone calls, e-mails, and letters was the primary focus of this course.  A tactic that we were taught to use when applying for a job was to follow up an interview with a handwritten, thank you letter.  Since this practice is no longer commonplace, this was a way to help the applicant stand out above the crowd by offering the interviewer a personal touch of sincerity.

According to MSN Real Estate this practice could also be useful when purchasing a home!  According to an article titled Make your offer stand out with a handwritten love letter, this personal touch may be the extra boost your offer needs to get noticed above the rest.  I am not recommending that a buyer write the seller a letter to tell them how much they love the property to accompany a low-ball offer with the hopes that this is a magic trick to get a home dirt-cheap, and never communicate with the seller without your agent's knowledge.  The article simply explains that in a multiple offer situation, a simple handwritten letter to the seller might be that little nudge your offer needs to be accepted.

Read the article for additional tips for writing a letter to get your offer noticed, and let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.  As always, if you like what you see, follow and share with your friends and family!

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