Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Are Thank You Letters Important?

Are Thank You Letters Important?

What do you think of Thank You letters?  When do you deem them important to send out?

I usually send out a Thank You card when I receive gifts like for a Wedding, Birth of a Baby, or Birthday.  I don't send Thank You cards at Christmas or Hannukah or Anniversaries.

Before I moved last month, I was posting a lot of items on Craigslist, some for free.  In today's mail, I received a Thank You card from one of the ladies who received a free ceramic planting pot.  I could have probably gotten $5 for it, but for me, it wasn't worth the hassel of setting up appts with potential buyers for only $5, so I listed it for free.

I got tons of emails for it in under 5 minutes. It's like people scope out Craigslist for the keyword "FREE" and just bounce when they see it. 

This lady, Josephine, was the first to respond, so I told her she had an hour to show up or I was giving it to the next person in line. She showed up with barely 2 minutes to spare!

Never, in a million years, did I expect to receive a Thank You card from her showing her appreciation!  It kinda melted my heart.  We sometimes forget how far a little personal mail can go, so instead of emails, I'm going to continue to hand-write my Thank You cards when I receive gifts.

**Are You Packed Yet?**

Donna Harris, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Austin Skyline

Austin, TX and the surrounding areas of Lakeway, Bee Cave, Westlake Hills, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Spicewood, Circle-C, Steiner Ranch, and everywhere in between... Whether you're buying or selling, I'll be with you through the entire process.  

Comment balloon 20 commentsDonna Harris • May 21 2009 07:53PM


Donna a little thank you note means so much when we receive them. Email is great and easy for us just to say thank you. A handwritten thank you delivered snail mail is very much appreciated. Example: Last year I sent my nephew in another state a graduation gift card for $40.00, a year later no thank you. Ummmmmmmm? Maybe he didn't like it or maybe he didnt' receive it or maybe it was too much trouble to write a thank you. (Ceil)

Posted by Carl Winters about 11 years ago

I love an old fashion hand written Thank You.. and it is always keep a few thank you cards at hand just they to brighten someones day

Posted by Eric Reid (Renaissance Realty Group of Keller Williams Atlanta Partners) about 11 years ago

Donna -  most of us don't realize the importance of a hand written note until we actually receive one ourselves and recognize how extraordinary it is with today's lifestyle.  I challenge myself to write at least 5 each week, one a day.  It becomes quite fun to find myself looking for things to be thankful for instead of what is going wrong during my day.  Try to picture someone's face as they collect the mail and discover a nice personal envelope in with all the bills and flyers, etc.  Which do they open first?

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) about 11 years ago

I know that I should say that thank you notes are great, but I have really tried to reduce my carbon footprint and cringe at all the waste associated with them. 

However, I do understand to some people they are very important and that a simple card means the world to some people.

Posted by Christine McInerney, The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale (Great Life RE) about 11 years ago

Man, I missed out on the free stuff.  Kicking myself right now.

Posted by Angelia Garcia (Pure Realtors) about 11 years ago

Hi - I happen to be a big believer in Thank You Notes.  Now, I have a question -- is it written somewhere that you don't have to send a thank you note for wedding gifts for up to a year??  My friends and I gave a wedding shower to a prospective bride several months ago and none of us have received a word - not even the hostess who opened her home and catered the luncheon! 

Posted by Sharon Kolb, Broker - Atlanta Decatur Homes (Atlanta Decatur Homes) about 11 years ago

Thanks you letters can make a difference to people. Thanks for the post.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) about 11 years ago

Hi Donna, Yes, I love Thank You's and I like them handwritten. You may think I am really weird (well you already know that) but I have been sending handwritten Thank You's to realtors that have open houses that I attend. My thinking is that I never know when I might have a cross sell with this realtor and hope that they may remember me too. Great subject Donna!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) about 11 years ago

Hi Donna... it's always refreshing to see acts of kindness repaid with other acts of kindness!  A simple thank you note certainly qualifies!

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 11 years ago

Donna:  I think all you need to do to realize the value and impact of a personal, hand-written thank you card... is to remember how you felt the last time you received one.  I don't know about you, but they make me feel warm and fuzzy.  Take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 11 years ago


Great question.  I think in such an electronic age we live in that a personal hand written note works wonders.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker about 11 years ago

C & C, I'm confused on the time frame too. I usually send them out within a day or two.  I've given some wedding and baby shower gifts that I've never gotten any acknowledgement from.

Eric, This wasn't handwritten, it was typed, but still gave the same message.

Susan, I always open the personal envelopes first, of course!!

C & J, I completely understand!  That's the point of email, right? To save some trees?

Angelia, LOTS of free stuff!

Sharon, It's not written, but I think that's way too long for the bride to not thank you!  Very wrong!

B & C, You've very right.

Teresa, That's an interesting concept... but I don't go to open houses, so I wouldn't have thought to do that.  I used to send them out to people who came to the open house when I held one, but that's been years and years ago.

Steve, Yep!

Karen Anne, This wasn't hand written, but it had the same meaning.

Richard, Very true.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 11 years ago

Somehow the handwritten Thank You note seems more personal than an e-mail, even if it says the same thing.

Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) about 11 years ago

Well that was very sweet of her to send the card to you.  Not many people would take the time to do that.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 about 11 years ago

Donna:  Thanks to my using your post as a reminder to send personal Thank You cards... I have now gotten myself back into the habit.  I've already had some good responses from sending them.  Thanks for helping me get back on track.  Take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 11 years ago

Sharon, Does the typed, snail-mail thank you mean the same thing?

John, I know.  And it was just an ugly pot I didn't want in the new house.

Karen Anne, I'm glad I was able to help you get back on track!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 11 years ago

You answered your own question with that story right there.  It really says a lot to take time out of your day and tell someone you appreciate them. 

Posted by Brian Brumpton, Boise Idaho Real Estate (Keller Williams Boise) about 11 years ago

I do think Thank You cards are important, especially in today's world where people are just constantly shuffling around. No one really has time to say Thank You. Now, when you receive a Thank You card, it meant that the person took at least a minute (or two) off their busy life to acknowledge your kindness enough to send you a thoughtful card.

Now, that means you are special to the person...

Thanks for sharing this. I think I got to write some Thank You cards to those I have forgotten about lately.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) about 11 years ago

Just got a thank you card on Friday with a wax seal.  Sure is an eye opener.  My local post office said that I have to send wax sealed envelopes to the main mail station. I don't believe them and will test it......  Hey, don't fall from #2 in Texas dude.........

Posted by TIM MONCRIEF, Over 2,000 homes sold….. (Tim Monciref) about 11 years ago

Brian, Yep, I think I did!

Loreena, I like being special!

Tim, Wax seal??  Now, you're special!  I let #2 go.  I'm too busy to worry about it, but I still got two referrals this weekend after dropping.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 11 years ago