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Strong Internet Presence Leads to Letter From Jail!

JailIf you have ever read my blog articles you know that I am proud of the fact that both my Massachusetts Real Estate website and blog can be found in most local Real Estate searches. Some of the content I provide my readers is also much more broad in nature and will also be found for more national related topics like Real Estate capital gains for example.

When we create content online sometimes the places people find you can be VERY far reaching. What has to be the most bizarre piece of mail I have ever received arrived today in my work mail box!

The letter came from a jail in Kentucky and was clearly marked so on the front of the envelope with "Inmate mail not responsible for the content". I have provided the letter below for your enjoyment with the gentleman's name crossed out. 

Apparently I am this inmates Realtor of choice for finding a nice piece of land up in Maine! I know my Real Estate friends up in Maine are probably salivating over the chance to land this referral since I am not licensed in Maine - LOL

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Just to be clear the gentleman did not indicate when he will be out of the slammer. Because of my generous nature I am willing to pass this on to any Maine Realtor for a very low referral fee of only 5% - LOL

Of course I am going to request that you bring mace, Ginsu knives, and take a few lessons in karate. After all I will be expecting to be paid and that will not happen if you don't make it out of the woods alive:)




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Comment balloon 73 commentsBill Gassett • January 20 2010 01:14PM


Now, Bill . . . we must be tolerant of all people--no matter who they are and where they come from. It is interesting that what you say travels far and wide--sometimes to areas that you have not imagined!

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) almost 10 years ago

Too cute Bill, well it goes to show the the AR Outside Blogs have a captive audience.  Lisa

Posted by Lisa Coates, Residential Home Sales Specialist (Level Ten Construction Consultants) almost 10 years ago

Well it's good to know that this inmate has, not only free medical, 3 meals a day, cable TV...and access to the internet!

Who knows, maybe he's been in for a while and he's amassed a nice sum of money making those license plates!!!


Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 10 years ago

I think that it's pretty cool that you are attracting such a diverse readership.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 10 years ago

Will that be cash???

Posted by Jerri McCombs, Hendersonville NC Relocation (Hendersonville NC Relocation) almost 10 years ago

Bill, at least you know that you are getting exposure. And he may get out and buy, who knows.

Posted by Ted Tyndall, I will help You find the Home YOU want to Buy (Davidson Realty Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Every once in a while, something like this crosses my desktop, and I then realize where the word YIKES comes from.   LOL  I'd start a scrapbook if I were you. 

Posted by Jean Hanley, Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes (Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters) almost 10 years ago

Just saw your post on FB. LOL!!! You have a huge Fan base OMG think of all the referrals you're going to get:)

Have a good day!


Posted by iNet Real Estate Brokers, Inc. (iNet Real Estate Brokers, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

It sure is amazing sometimes how people find you. It is interesting that an inmate would have computer privileges as well.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 10 years ago

Bill, this is probably the funniest post I have read to date. Im sure if you treat him right he will refer you to several others looking for land with lots of trees to hide in.

Posted by Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group almost 10 years ago

Wow Bill, that really is too funny. It is amazing how well we Realtors attract such a broad range of personalities

Posted by Janice MacMillan, Associate Broker (ERA Joyner Realty) almost 10 years ago

You are referring this one out? You don't want to drive into the woods in the middle of "no where" for this person? Go figure...

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) almost 10 years ago

Lori - I am still trying to decide if I want to persure the covicts market:)

Janice - Sometimes we certainly do!

Terrie - If the person was female and hot looking I might have considered it - LOL

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hi Bill.

Perhaps you should get him preapproved...



Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) almost 10 years ago

Hi Bill!

LOL~ Maybe he has a lot of money stored up from his trustworthy ways. Who knows, he might have a big bag of cash stored in those woods in Maine. :) 

Posted by Lisa Udy, Logan Utah Realtor ( Platinum Real Estate Group) almost 10 years ago

Ken - I am trying to decide if there is a competing Realtor here in my town that needs a good client:)

Lisa - You must get lead like this too!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 10 years ago

Bill, do you think the guy would consider New Hampshire? Only Joking...Maine would be a perfect place to send this fellow...where the man and manly and the Moose are scared.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) almost 10 years ago

Bill, it looks like you may have discovered a new niche. It is interesting though to note how far reaching your blog is that this person found you.  

Posted by Dan and Amy Schuman, Luxury Home Specialists (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 10 years ago

Bill - Sounds like he needs a homehideout in the woods... AWAY from people. I wonder who will claim this prize referral?! LOL

Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) almost 10 years ago

... Perhaps it's a cash deal? 

Posted by Ed Kern almost 10 years ago

 Congratulations - you may have tapped into a whole new market!

Posted by Marilyn Messenger almost 10 years ago

Bill for awhile I was receiving collect calls from a prison, but never mail. There may be more referrals for you in the future.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 10 years ago

Steve - I almost gave you a call to see if you would handle Maine:)

Dan & Amy - this goes beyond an internet presence!

Judy - My phone has been ringing off the hook. Man there are some desperate Realtors out there:)

Ed - Do you want to head up to Maine with me and be my body guard?

Marilyn - Thanks...are you sure you don't want this valuable lead?

Michael - Wow collect calls is even better - LOL

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hey Bill that's one of my old clients!


Just kidding. Thanks for the funny post.

Posted by Richard Vetstein (Vetstein Law Group, P.C., TitleHub Closing Services LLC) almost 10 years ago

Rich - I was planning on giving your name as a reference. On second thought this guy probably already reads your Massachusetts Lawyers Blog!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 10 years ago

Well Bill...see what happens when you are GREAT in your field....clients start coming out of the woodwork slammer...LOL...funnnnny post!

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) almost 10 years ago

Really?  OMG.  Really?  I've had some crazy contacts over the last couple of years, but this one takes the cake, Bill!!

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) almost 10 years ago

Rebecca pretty amazing!

Strange but true Lisa. When I 1st started reading it I thought someone was playing a joke on me!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 10 years ago

Bill....when I was at Costello R.E., an inmate named James at Walpole use to call the girls in the office and wanted to talk to them....he'd call their names and number from the homes magazine....that was 20 years ago.....we'd laugh about it....someone accepted one call and never again.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 10 years ago

Barbara that is pretty funny and even more scary to think about. The fact the guy was calling women takes it to the next level of WATCH OUT!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 10 years ago

Bill- Just goes to show, ya never know where your next lead will come from!

Posted by Carol Lee, Realtor - Agoura, Oak Park, Westlake CA Homes (Dilbeck Real Estate) almost 10 years ago


Now that is some seriuos networking; I find it refreshing that people could choose to surf the Internet for all kinds of things and decide it is better to read your blog. That says something about your reach. Great job.

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) almost 10 years ago

I think I saw that signature on bank stationary once... Interesting to think about a cell for a "home"... Dear God, if I ever have to be behind bars (like poor Martha Stewart). please let them be Irish pubs in Chicago!

Posted by Mara Hawks, Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL (First Realty Auburn ) almost 10 years ago

Bill - I once got a letter from an inmate who was due to be paroled.  It was super-creepy in my case.  I wrote about it here if you're interested:

Ad I Ran in a National Magazine that Resulted in Me Calling the FBI

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Carol & Tom - The last place I would ever expect to get a lead from would be a jail.

Mara- I like your idea of a prison!

Jason - I went over and took a look at your article. You are right that is pretty creepy!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 10 years ago

That is quite funny.  First things first. The lender should have a good time getting his W2s and 1099s for the past two years, his other records and his credit score.  But who know, he may be an all cash buyer, especially if he robbed a bank.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) almost 10 years ago

Bill - I think this is proof of your blogging and marketing.  Consider it proof that it works!  I suggest that you refer it to a Male agent.  You never know...he could have wealthy relatives too, that just might need your services in MA !

Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) almost 10 years ago

Hi Bill!  You see!  This is what happens when you're a TOP Re/Max agent!!  This is just hilarious--and you didn't make it 'members only' - he could be reading!  ooooooo...


Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) almost 10 years ago

Bill - What a framable classic!  I save any bizarre letters, that I get for future laughs.

Posted by Wendy Rulnick, "It's Wendy... It's Sold!" (Rulnick Realty, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

This is too funny.  I'm sure this gentleman is sincere in his wishes......might be a great referral!!

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) almost 10 years ago
Are you near the Senator Elect and have you seen the truck?
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge almost 10 years ago

It is kind of interesting that he sounds sincere yet he does not provide any contact information. It is kind of interesting he sought me out given the fact I am in Massachusetts.

I have the letter on my wall...maybe I will here from him again.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 10 years ago

Well, he has great dreams..that's for sure.

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 10 years ago

Bill-All you need to find is a nice gated community!

Posted by Joseph D. Federico, Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate (Donahue Real Estate Co.) almost 10 years ago

Bill it must be the smile.  So will you be responding directly to this inquiry?....:)

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) almost 10 years ago

Bill to bad I don't do loans in Maine, because this would have been a good one to write about.  I wonder if they would of had to clear me for visitation rights so that I could get the loan application signed.  Getting documentation like the last two paystubs within the last 30 days might prove to be a bit of a challenge, but we will figure something out :) :) :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 10 years ago

Bill, You are being read far and wide, that's for sure!  Maybe after being in jail that guy wants an honest person to help him (I'm sure honesty is in short supply there!!).  Be sure to let us know who the lucky Maine realtor is going to be :)!!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 10 years ago

mineral rights around a lake in ME?  Must be killing this guy to read all these posts but obviously he is not able to communicate out by email (hence the letter).  I'll make sure to lock the office door if you are working late Bill... stay safe! 

Your fellow agent - Ed Daniels

Posted by Ed Daniels, A Team Working for You! (Vesta Real Estate Group) almost 10 years ago

Sounds like he is ready to get away from the enclosed space of the cell and wants to be alone.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) almost 10 years ago

My dear friend,

What have you gotten yourself into? I must say Kudos to you. I think it's a fair reach-out, after all - even an ex-convict needs a place to live. What better place than to reach out to awesome agents here in the 'Rain.

This is too funny. What was it that made him pick you, I wonder...

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) almost 10 years ago

Sounds like this guy has too much time on his hands.  He's a dreamer!

Posted by Katie McBride, The McBride Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 10 years ago

It was a well written letter with good penmanship.  They apparently know what they are looking for which is refreshing since we often spend time with buyers who still aren't sure what they want :-)

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 10 years ago

Ed maybe I should be put in protective custody...I hope not LOL I did find the comment about mineral rights interesting.

Loreena - This has to be the most unusual letter I have ever received!

Cindy - That is one of the real interesting aspects of the note. It looks incredibly neat and well written.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 10 years ago

I know you could not have made this up Bill, but even so, I can't believe the letter!

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) almost 10 years ago

Now that is something else! I'm sure it was quite a shock to receive that piece of mail.

Posted by Darryl Glade, New Orleans Real Estate (RE/MAX N.O. Properties) almost 10 years ago

That is pretty neat, at least you know that they did not firewall that jail cell and he found you via your SEO blogs! Maybe it can be an all cash transaction for the Maine agent? :)

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Getting contacted from someone in jail is not very common that's for sure!  Interesting piece of mail to receive.

Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE) almost 10 years ago

Bill, this is one of the funniest posts I've read in quite awhile and you never know, he may have a bundle of cash socked away for use after his release! I was a bit confused by his reference to weeds, Is that why he is in the hoosegow or is that a crop he is planning on producing on his farm?? ;-)

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Russell - Where does he mention weeds. I think you mean "trees". It was pretty weird to get this letter...that's for sure!!

I honestly thought it was someone playing a trick on me when I 1st started to read it.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 10 years ago

That is the funnies thing I have seen! AT least he was contacting you about real estate and not anything else! THe letter made me think of the unabomber! LOL!

Posted by Kristi DeFazio, Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468 (RE/MAX Advantage) over 9 years ago

Kristi - It is pretty funny. At 1st I thought it was not real but after looking over the envelope and seeing it was from a jail I knew it was:)

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

I can only imagine the supplies he needs out in the woods with no one around near a lake and a fixer upper, no less. Sounds like a scary movie. So, who are you sending to meet him? :)

Posted by Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL (Keller Williams on the Water) over 9 years ago

You just never know! Great story. Did you find out what he is 'in' for?

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 9 years ago

Susie - I tried to Google his name but did not come up with anything related to someone being in jail for a crime.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill..OOPS! I completely misread "woods" as "weeds" LOL, well...I am in Austin??!??

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Ginsu knives - that's awesome!

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) over 9 years ago

Bill, your reach is far and wide!!!  I once was getting phone calls from the jail house.  They were collect calls, which really freaked me out...  You just never know who's following you...  now about those knives...

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) over 9 years ago

HI BILL!  This is when paying for a body guard would be money well spent!  Wonder what his plans are -- based on that description I'd be a little nervous!  --Gabrielle

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Bill - Pretty darn amazing where your posts end up being read huh? Very funny. Don't forget your ginsu

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) over 9 years ago

Bill - This is what you get when you are on the top :) - A very interesting letter indeed, not to mention will he look you up when he gets out? On a serious note though, real estate agents must take every precaution not to get into any of those situation where he or she may endanger themselves. Stay safe!

Posted by Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale (Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.) over 9 years ago

I'm not sure how this can ever be topped Bill!

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 9 years ago

Bill -  Would you want to walk through the woods in a secluded part of Maine with this guy?

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 9 years ago

Larry - Are you kidding? No way!!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

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