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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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It works. Having said that . . . I go out 'incognito' a lot to avoid being stopped and engaged, which has varying degrees of effectiveness. I meet the best people through my dog. That's who I want as clients.

Oct 30, 2015 11:41 AM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Many years ago I did wear a name badge and yes, it did create conversations.  Unfortunately, I 've also seen these badges worn in church and at funerals which, in my opinion, is just in bad taste.  Be tasteful in how you present yourself to the public.

Oct 30, 2015 12:47 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

A lot of people swear by it.  It's just not my style.

Oct 30, 2015 10:43 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Absolutely no harm doing.  I was in the Mediterranean wearing a KW T-shirt. A fellow from Silicon Valley(my town) asking me which office I worked at....

I think T-shirt or company shirt is better..... 

Oct 30, 2015 09:55 AM
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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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I never have but I always have business cards to hand out. 

Oct 30, 2015 11:48 PM
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Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I'm a newer agent and wear mine daily.  I prefer our logo t shirts.  Great and inexpensive way to start conversations.  

Oct 30, 2015 02:56 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Sometimes yes, but there are plenty of places where it is in bad taste to do this type of marketing.

Oct 30, 2015 01:57 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I would be discreet as to your choices.  For example, I would not wear it to church.

Oct 30, 2015 01:09 PM
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Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

I know people who do that. It works. It doesn't appeal to me, but it works. 

Oct 30, 2015 12:21 PM
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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

I am kidded often, from other agents, and yet it is seldom while in a line or store or some public place that someone does not want to talk to me about it.  I just happen to always carry enough cards to be sure any answers I can give them comes with one of those cards.     Mark

Oct 30, 2015 10:25 AM
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Mike Kelly,CRS,CIPS
The MJKelly Team - Santa Rosa, CA
"One of Sonoma County's Natural Resources"

I can give examples of agents standing in line at the grocery store wearing a name badge and a conversation and new client ensues. We used to have a badge, "Get a lot while your young" which was all about buying land. It led to some very interesting conversations. Some upper tier agents abhor badges and clothing with a company brand. If it works in your market place it's darn dirt-cheap  advertising.

Oct 30, 2015 10:14 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

You should and if it seems too embarrasing, consider having nice polo shirts with a tasteful logo and your name.

Oct 31, 2015 02:00 AM
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Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

It can't hurt, you never know when you will run into someone who needs a REALTOR.

Oct 31, 2015 01:32 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

David Soles I worked for a Broker a while back who always told agents who complained about not have enough business to put on their gold jacket and name tag and walk the mall passing out business cards. I don't know any who did it. The did set up a kiosk in the mall, but it didn't do very well.

Oct 31, 2015 12:33 AM
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

As each activity is different that would be the deciding factor.

For naormal activities I will; funerals and formal parties no.

Oct 30, 2015 11:41 PM
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Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

I had a t shirt that had " the best kept secret about foreclosures " along with an 800 number. It was printed on both sides. If someone was embarrassed to look you in the face and write down the number I thought having it in my back was easy . My son wears this shirt a lot now. 

Oct 30, 2015 11:13 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I do not wear a badge in public.

Oct 30, 2015 09:53 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

It is an individual choice. I prefer not to do it, but many do with good results!

Oct 30, 2015 09:16 PM
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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Saturday morning David. I do not see too many real estate agents wearing their badges out in public. At least not in this area.

Oct 30, 2015 06:08 PM
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Sandra Graves
Keller Williams Realty - Folsom, CA
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I've never worn them but I've seen other agents with them on. Where I live, on weekdays, especially during lunch, all you see are people wearing badges around their neck or clipped to their belt. Though I would consider a T-shirt with a logo on it, on more casual days. 

Oct 30, 2015 03:52 PM
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Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
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I don't very often myself, I just don't feel like I want to be that kind of Realtor.

However, back-stepping a bit, I do wear my very small Realtor logo pin out and about, but only during the day, not at night with friends or family.

Oct 30, 2015 03:49 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

David,

I am not fond of the idea, nor would I wear a badge to do that.  A

Oct 30, 2015 01:57 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Yes, that would be a great idea.  Every outside appearance of being a Real Estate Agent is good for your career.

Oct 30, 2015 01:12 PM
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Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

I use to wear my name tag all the time. Best free advertising you can get.

Oct 30, 2015 12:52 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

It works to stir up conversations about real estate and allows you to get business you might not get otherwise.

Oct 30, 2015 11:29 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I have found that wearing a name badge does get me a lot of attention. I think it works. 

Oct 30, 2015 11:27 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Yes. Wear that name tag. Everybody loves to talk about real estate and the name tag will help you start conversations.

Oct 30, 2015 11:04 AM
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Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

I do everyday David Soles ....It has helped me tremendously!

Nov 04, 2015 07:46 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Sure.  Why not.

Oct 31, 2015 08:30 AM
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Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

A lot of people say it works, when I used to do it I never got any results from it. I think a lot of it has to do with if you live in a small town or big city. 

Oct 31, 2015 04:22 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Whatever works is my answer. I can't remember the last time I wore a name badge but I am not against it.

Oct 30, 2015 11:26 PM