• Welcome to AppraisersForum.com, the premier online  community for the discussion of real estate appraisal. Register a free account to be able to post and unlock additional forums and features.

Forum Sponsor - a la mode

Learn more about Titan Reports, our new cloud-based formfiller, SmartExchange, Titan Office, and Titan Drive to see how you can revolutionize your appraisal business.

Urgent! need help on selecting the right email software

Status
Not open for further replies.

bianahill

Thread Starter
Freshman Member
Joined
Jan 9, 2008
Professional Status
General Public
State
California
Hi all,

I just started my appraisal business 3 months ago and I got 4 clients who have ordered my services. After I had sent them invoice, 1 of them voluntarily paid me more than showed on invoice. So I would like to send her a thank you note but I don't want to use yahoo mail because it doesn't display my domain email address in the Reply and it doesn't let me do the inline image (not attachment). I really want to send her something like an inline thank you image, a few lines of text, and the signature with my name, title, and my company website link.
Is there any software out there let me do all of this? My budget for the software is anywhere less than $200/year I really appreciate all your answers.
 

Mike Kennedy

Elite Member
Joined
Sep 28, 2003
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
New York
Nothing beats the personal touch ........ send her a Hallmark Card via "pony express".
 

Smokey Bear

Elite Member
Joined
Dec 8, 2004
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
California
1. You don't need an email package so much as a domain name that is specific to your business.

2. They "voluntarily" paid more? Is this a tip? A bribe? A future bribe? I'd return it, myself.
 

Head Surfer

Administrator
Staff member
Founder
Moderator
Joined
Jan 4, 2002
Professional Status
Retired Appraiser
State
Florida
Do not use Yahoo, Hotmail, or any Free email service for business email! It is very unprofessional and tells your client that you aren't willing to invest a little big in your company's most important means of communication! And who wants those "free email" advertising lines inserted into the end of your business email! Also Yahoo and Hotmail frequently doesn't deliver email, it loses it! I know this for a fact. Do you want to rely on that for your business?

If email isn't your most important means of communication, it should be, it is more efficient, you can reach and reply to more people!

As far as software, just download Thunderbird for free. It beats Outlook Express all to pieces in ease of use and security.

But either use your ISP's email server to send email, or better yet get your own domain and use it for email.
 
Joined
Jan 13, 2002
Professional Status
Retired Appraiser
State
Florida
I love Yahoo email. You can, for a small fee, get a specific @<your name or company name> that is handled by Yahoo. Access always from anywhere, very simple and easy to use, huge storage, good security.
 

Head Surfer

Administrator
Staff member
Founder
Moderator
Joined
Jan 4, 2002
Professional Status
Retired Appraiser
State
Florida
Receiving Spam is not a function or a problem with your email client. People get spam because they:

1. Put their email address on their web site.
2. Post their email address on public forums, blogs, etc.
3. Post their email address in various appraiser directories or other directories.
4. Respond to the "remove" or "opt out" link on spam they receive

I have had the same email address for 10 years now! I use it for all my online businesses. I get very little spam!

I used to get loads of spam. I played the filter game, going through numerous programs and systems to stop spam. Believe me you are fighting a losing battle.

To get rid of spam:

1. NEVER have your email address on any of your web sites.
2. NEVER have your email address on any appraiser directory THAT shows your email address. Note that at AppraiserUSA.com we DO NOT show the appraiser's email address, there is a contact form that is used for the customer to contact an appraiser.
3. NEVER post your email address on a public forum, blog, or any other list.
4. Never respond to the "remove" or "opt out" link on spam. By doing that you are validating that yours is a valid email address.

If you will do the above your spam will eventually almost stop. It will take a few months but it will stop. I say almost because I don't think you can ever stop all of it. I get much less than 5 years ago! I used to get 50 or so a day. Now it is less than 10, sometimes as few as 5. That's not bad since I get and respond to hundreds of emails per day!

One more thing: If you do get spam REPORT it. I don't mean to AOL's "report spam" feature, or your ISP's "report spam" feature, that is useless. Report it to SpamCop at http://spamcop.net

Those reports are taken seriously and are sent to the spammer's ISP who will shut down their email address if they are indeed spamming.
 

Webbed Feet

Elite Member
Joined
Feb 11, 2005
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Canada
Hi all,

I just started my appraisal business 3 months ago and I got 4 clients who have ordered my services. After I had sent them invoice, 1 of them voluntarily paid me more than showed on invoice. <snip>
Ms. Hill,

Why? Why did this client do this? Being paid more than you billed is NOT the good thing you are taking it as. It could violate lending disclosure laws to the borrower for starters. Then it raises all sorts of questions. Renegociating your fee for cause, and billing for it, is one thing. What you are are posting is something entirely different.

I am with Smokey Bear.

Webbed.
 

Head Surfer

Administrator
Staff member
Founder
Moderator
Joined
Jan 4, 2002
Professional Status
Retired Appraiser
State
Florida
Please let's stick to the original question the person had which was to recommend email software!
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Find a Real Estate Appraiser - Enter Zip Code

Copyright © 2000-, AppraisersForum.com, All Rights Reserved
AppraisersForum.com is proudly hosted by the folks at
AppraiserSites.com
Top

AdBlock Detected

We get it, advertisements are annoying!

Sure, ad-blocking software does a great job at blocking ads, but it also blocks useful features of our website. For the best site experience please disable your AdBlocker.

I've Disabled AdBlock
No Thanks