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One Small Way to Stand Out in a Sea of Agents - My Business Card

I was like a kid on Christmas morning today: my new business cards arrived!  (Who am I kidding here?  I still act and feel excited on Christmas day.)  Since we had moved our office recently, I thought it might be a good idea to have the correct address on there just in case, right?  Every time I get new cards or see new ads of mine, I feel like Steve Martin in "The Jerk":

"This is the kind of spontaneous publicity - your name in print - that makes people. I'm in print! Things are going to start happening to me now."

I was an early adopter for laminated business cards back in 1998, which was my second year in the business.  Even though I occasionally spot others around town, they are still relatively rare for some reason.  With the reasonable cost and the ease of ordering, I wonder why more folks don't have these, frankly.

Although I have always been quick to make fun of agents who have unrecognizably old photos in their marketing and on their cards, I allowed my previous picture to remain on my card far too long.  Also, I was wearing a suit and tie, which is not something that you will catch me wearing outside of a funeral these days.  I am still relatively young, but not in my late 20's, so I would imagine that some people wondered if that was my younger brother rather than me.

Thanks to ActiveRain, I was also able to include my outside blog URL ( on the newest cards, and I am using the same photo from my profile.  For the back story on the photo itself, you can see my recent announcement post:

MY BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: My wife and I are expecting our fourth child!!

I typically get comments like this when I give out my card:

  • "Wow!  This is a nice card!  These must be expensive."

  • "Cool card - where do you get these?"

  • "Gosh, I need to consider getting some new cards.  You went all out."

Other times, they simply drool a bit.

But seriously, I have found that people will hang on to my card a lot longer than average.  I have had many clients say, "It was too nice to throw it away." 

On the reverse side of the card, I have opted for many years now to have the list of lender-required items for when they start the application process for their mortgage.  I think the reverse printing was $10 in this case.

Here's how my new cards look, in case you are curious (and even if you're not particularly interested - hey, it's my blog):











By now, you may be asking where you can get some terrific laminated cards like theseVisit Advantage Printing at (for "superior business cards").  The page for laminated cards is  They are very easy to work with, and prompt, too!  You can just email a JPEG of your photo and give them an idea of the design that you want (there are lots of samples on their site to give you ideas). 

They are a bit more expensive than regular cards, but they are a nice conversation piece, and well worth the small difference in price.  I highly recommend them.

Have a great weekend!

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