ECAR EMAIL SERVICE USING GOOGLE GROUPS

Subscribing to and Unsubscribing from ECAR Email using Google Groups

ECAR has established an email system using Google Groups to allow members to communicate with each other regarding listings or other events/services available. Participation in the Groups is by subscription only and the following rules apply to the groups.

  • The ECAR Area Groups are for the advertising of MLS Listings, Open Houses, and MLS Tours only. Inquiries for properties not currently listed in the MLS are allowed.
  • A property can only be emailed to the area Group in which the listing is registered in the MLS.
  • The property MUST be represented as an Active listing in the MLS. Pocket listings and Non-MLS listings are not allowed.
  • Security information of any kind may NOT be included in any email sent to the Area Groups.
  • Use only Reply to respond directly to the email sender. Do NOT use Reply All.

Violation of these rules will result in a single warning. Subsequent violations will result in suspension of Group Posting privileges on a progressively increasing scale. The first violation after the warning will result in a 30 day suspension, the 2nd will result in a 60 day suspension, the 3rd 90 days, etc.

Each Realtor or Affiliate member subscribes to the groups by using the links below. Click the link below for the area you wish to subscribe to. You must include your name and ECAR ID (Active Agent E12345, for example), in the email subject line. This is a private system and only ECAR members and MLS subscribers are allowed to use it.

Use the links below to subscribe to one of the Groups.

ECARarea11+subscribe@googlegroups.com
ECARarea12+subscribe@googlegroups.com
ECARarea13+subscribe@googlegroups.com
ECARarea14+subscribe@googlegroups.com
ECARarea15+subscribe@googlegroups.com
ECARarea16+subscribe@googlegroups.com
ECARarea17+subscribe@googlegroups.com
ECARarea18+subscribe@googlegroups.com
ECARarea19+subscribe@googlegroups.com
ECARarea20+subscribe@googlegroups.com
ECARarea23+subscribe@googlegroups.com
ECARarea25+subscribe@googlegroups.com
ECARarea27+subscribe@googlegroups.com
OutsideAreaListings+subscribe@googlegroups.com
RealtorCommunity+subscribe@googlegroups.com
CommercialListings+subscribe@googlegroups.com
AffiliateOffers+subscribe@googlegroups.com

The ability to send an email to a group is limited to those who subscribe to the group. When a member subscribes to a group, a welcome email is sent to that subscriber to confirm the action. Click the Join this Group link in that email and enter your email address. You will also need to confirm the image text to verify that you are not using an automated process.

A second confirmation email will follow requiring one more verification that you wanted to subscribe. Again, click the Join this Group button. You will come to a webpage indicating Approval Pending. You will receive a final approval email to let you know when the subscription has been approved.

Please be sure to check your junk or spam folders in case either of the confirmation emails are filtered out.

Google Groups will automatically add an Unsubscribe link at the bottom of each email sent through the system. This link will unsubscribe the receiver from that group only.

*Anti-trust considerations require that the group not be used for discussions regarding what must be private business decisions by individual firms.

Sending Emails

Every group has its own email address to be used when sending emails to members of that group. When sending an email, the only address needed is the email address assigned to the group (see chart below). Members must abide by the rules of the group in order to remain eligible to participate in the ECAR Email Lists program. A description of each group, its assigned email address, and its rules are listed below. Google Groups does NOT send a copy of the email to the sender. You will receive an undeliverable or other appropriate notice if the email cannot be sent. The sender is always identified when the email is distributed to the group.

Emails may be in text or web format and may include small attachments. Members should try to use common file formats like PDF, JPG, and GIF when sending attachments. As an alternative to attachments, members may include links in the email to additional material available on the Internet. The total file size of the email must be less than 2 megabytes (2MB). Do not include links that require a username or password to access the information, such as material from “inside” the MLS (Members wishing to include MLS information may send an email directly from the MLS to the groups).

Note: when sending emails, it is better to send the email directly from your email account rather than through an email delivery service. Since the email is only being sent to one address, anyone clicking on an “unsubscribe” link placed there by the email service will unsubscribe the entire group. Some email distribution services will prohibit reentry of an email address once it has been unsubscribed.

Replying to Messages

All of the ECAR email groups are designed to send one-way email blasts. When a member replied to an email sent by the group, the reply only goes to the original sender of the email and not everyone on the group. Use of Reply All will be considered a violation of the Group rules.

Group Descriptions

The table below describes each group including its name, email address, purpose, and rules.

Questions about ECAR Google Groups should be directed to Chris Peavy or Susan Beck.

 

Group Name

Email Address

Purpose

Group Rules

Area 11 Listings

ECARarea11@googlegroups.com

Marketing of listings in the Navarre area.

May only be used for Area 11 listings.*

Area 12 Listings

ECARarea12@googlegroups.com

Marketing of listings in the Fort Walton Beach area.

May only be used for Area 12 listings.*

Area 13 Listings

ECARarea13@googlegroups.com

Marketing of listings in the Niceville area.

May only be used for Area 13 listings.*

Area 14 Listings

ECARarea14@googlegroups.com

Marketing of listings in the Destin area.

May only be used for Area 14 listings.*

Area 15 Listings

ECARarea15@googlegroups.com

Marketing of listings in the South Walton County West area.

May only be used for Area 15 listings.*

Area 16 Listings

ECARarea16@googlegroups.com

Marketing of listings in the North Santa Rosa Beach area.

May only be used for Area 16 listings.*

Area 17 Listings

ECARarea17@googlegroups.com

Marketing of listings in the South Santa Rosa Beach area.

May only be used for Area 17 listings.*

Area 18 Listings

ECARarea18@googlegroups.com

Marketing of listings in the South Walton County East area.

May only be used for Area 18 listings.*

Area 19 Listings

ECARarea19@googlegroups.com

Marketing of listings in the Point Washington area.

May only be used for Area 19 listings.*

Area 20 Listings

ECARarea20@googlegroups.com

Marketing of listings in the Freeport area.

May only be used for Area 20 listings.*

Area 23 Listings

ECARarea23@googlegroups.com

Marketing of listings in the North Walton County area.

May only be used for Area 23 listings.*

Area 25 Listings

ECARarea25@googlegroups.com

Marketing of listings in the Crestview area.

May only be used for Area 25 listings.*

Area 27 Listings

ECARarea27@googlegroups.com

Marketing of listings in the Panama City Beach area.

May only be used for Area 27 listings.*

OutsideArea Listings

OutsideAreaListings@googlegroups.com

Marketing of listings in other areas.

May only be used for Area 8 and Area 30 listings.*

Realtor Community

RealtorCommunity@googlegroups.com

News and events related to ECAR members, their families, the real estate profession, or the community.

May not be used to promote listings, businesses, or services.*

Commercial Listings

CommercialListings@googlegroups.com

Marketing of commercial listings.

May be used for ECAR rental listings only.*

Rental Listings

ECARRentals@googlegroups.com

Marketing of ECAR Rental listings.

May be used for rental listings only.*

Affiliate Offers

AffiliateOffers@googlegroups.com

Information and promotions to Realtors from ECAR Affiliate Members.

May not be used for promoting listings, or other businesses or services.*

*Anti-trust considerations require that the list not be used for discussions regarding what must be private business decisions by individual firms.