Ken's Naperville Real Estate Blog : The Power of the Exclamation Point!

The Power of the Exclamation Point!

I post a lot of comments on various social media sites like Facebook and Active Rain.  I try to keep my comments positive, supportive, and inspirational...

While commenting last night, I chuckled when I realized how often I was using exclamation points.  I know I do it.  Sometimes I will catch myself throwing it out, once, twice, three times in a row!

Overkill perhaps, but the way I live my life.  I am not the quietest of fellows, so the exclamation point is the perfect punctuation for me.  It is the cherry on a sundae...

I love the exclamation point!  Exclamation points make a big difference, and I would rather use exclamation points freely than not at all...

When I go out to dinner, for example, the waiter will often come by the table and ask, "How is everything?"

My answer?  Usually an "Awesome!" or an "Excellent!" or even a "Delicious!"

I am not being phony.  Perhaps I am easy to please, but I like eating, so I let the waiter know I appreciate the food and the service...

When the waiter askes others at the table, someone usually responds, "good", "okay", or "fine"...

The waiter will pause.  There is an awkward silence, and the waiter walks off wondering just what was wrong with the food...

So whether living life or dining out, don't hold anything back.

Life is better when lived with an exclamation point!



Comment balloon 47 commentsKen Tracy • November 16 2012 11:59AM


Guilty!  I note the same thing when I'm commenting in particular.  Not so much within my posts.  I try to monitor the use to some degree.  But hey .. why???  Right??


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) about 6 years ago

Hi Gene.  Thanks!  It's all good!



Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 6 years ago

"Life is better when lived with an exclamation point!"

    That is really good, Ken.  I am going to post that on the top of my desk!

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 6 years ago

Hi Ken

I love this blog! I have to repost!!! It sounds exactly what I could have written myself! The exclamation point and question marks are two of my used keys on the laptop and my phone- I do the same thing when I text!!!!!

Thank you and have a great weekend

Posted by Barbara Carter, Serving Your Real Estate Needs in the Hudson Valle (C21 Alliance Realty Group) about 6 years ago

Ken, some people never use one while others like me use exclamation points all the time!

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) about 6 years ago


I am like you.  I like to let servers and others know that I am pleased with my food or whatever.  My husband is like your friend.  He never compliments on dinner or thanks me for preparing the meal.  I don't want extravagant praise, but just and acknowledgment that the mean was tasty. 

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) about 6 years ago


When one believes that life is an adventure, what else could describe an adventurous statement, action, comment or just a brief passing.

An verbal exclamation point can be as simple as a smile.

I had an adventure yesterday.  I renewed my driver's license for another 5 years without my driving glasses

Now if you don't think that warrant's a few ! ! ! ! ! s.  You haven't counted the wrinkles. 

I got a big chuckle from the Motor Vehicle Clerk person when I told her I plan to be the oldest living driver on the road without "glasses" on my driver's license. 

I'm probably there.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 6 years ago

well said!!!!!

Posted by Reuben Fine (Fill-In-The-Blanks PDF Flyer Templates about 6 years ago

Hi Ken, THANK YOU!!!!  I LOVE the exclamation point and I know that some people think that I over use it but I'm just naturally excited or easy to please as you suggest.  It is nice to know I am not alone in my thinking.  AWESOME post and CONGRATS on the feature!

Posted by Linda Holloway, REALTOR®, Your Next Home in Tampa Bay Starts Here! (Keller Williams Realty Tampa Central) about 6 years ago

Agreed!!!  Living life with an explanation point ... what a wonderful way to describe the importance of living a life filled with passion, adventure, and excitement!  Cool post, Ken!  I'm a big fan of exclamation points too :)

Posted by Carie Shapiro (North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate) about 6 years ago

Good one!  I love the ?!?  and use that often too.  The question is exclamatory.  What were they thinking?!?  Now, off to read the post about apostrophes ;-)

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) about 6 years ago

Ken - I couldn't agree with you more!!!! Life would be so boring without the exclamation point. ;)


Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) about 6 years ago

Ken!  Yes, indeed.  I probably overuse the exclamation point.  I remember, long ago, there was an episode of Seinfeld where Elaine is reading a manuscript with a lot of exclamation points... a funny episode.  Congrats on your feature!

Posted by Christina Sanchez Hood, #SiliconValleyHOODS | Inspired Living about 6 years ago

HI Ken,,,,,just realized when reading your blog that I used the exclamation point quite often myself.

Posted by Ronald DiLalla, No. Orange Cty Real Estate (Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824) about 6 years ago

I do the same thing very often!  LOL!

Posted by Sajy Mathew, Making your real estate dreams become a reality! (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 6 years ago

''cherry on a sundae...''~ love it!!!

yes to the exclamation point! yes to clarity and crisp it brings:)

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) about 6 years ago


I use exclamation points a lot too! And like you, I really mean it when I do!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 6 years ago

I absolutely love exclamation points to! Lol, I often find myself trying to take a few out of my emails so as not to overdo it.

Posted by Ciara Brennan (Mass Homes Realty) about 6 years ago
Ken- I love your post! And yes I love Exclamation points... Just think how dull our lives would be without them! And loved Lenn'a comment!
Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 6 years ago

P.S.  I'm a big Seinfeld fan and couldn't but think about this classic:  Seinfeld Exclamation Point!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) about 6 years ago

I'm pretty careful with exclamation points... but can't say the same for elipses.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) about 6 years ago

Ken, I loved your post!  It said everything I would say!  And, I think you did it better!  Live life! Love life! Enjoy yourself!  And, we all think you are GREAT!

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) about 6 years ago

I feel the same way. It seems as I get older the more I want to live life to the fullest, no do-overs.

Posted by Nan Jester, Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery (Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL ) about 6 years ago

Hi Fred, Barbara, Michelle, Evelyn, Lenn, Reuben, Linda, Carie, Carla, Judy, Christina, Ronald, Sajy, Richard, Inna, Kathy, Carla, Suzana, and Nan.  Wow!  Always feels good to get a feature!  Thanks AR!

And thanks everyone for stopping in!

I have watched every Seinfeld episode several times, and can't remember the specifics of the exclamtion point one.  I will have to go check that out...

Thanks again!  You all made me smile!  :)


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 6 years ago

That's what I call living life out loud, Ken.  The world needs positive influences and examples.  Kudos to you for bringing a little light and enthusiasm to the planet. 

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) about 6 years ago

I am proud of my exclaimation marks.  I use them for enphasis..

Posted by Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County! (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage) about 6 years ago

It sounds like you have an exclamation point kind of personality. There's nothing wrong with that!!

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 6 years ago

Point taken!  Pun intended, too.  Actually, i react the same way.  I'd rather make someone's day than complain about something to make there day anything less than good or great.  Exclamation points convey a positive attitude, energy, and that is powerfull.  Great blog!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) about 6 years ago

Thanks to Barbara for the reblog.

I like your post! And I like using exclamation points!!


Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 6 years ago

Ken... I do the same thing!  I use way to many exclamation points!   But that's just the way I am!!!  And I found this blog from your 365 page!  Have a great weekend!  K

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) about 6 years ago

This is SO ME!!! I usually have to go back and take some out...I get too excited! I have been told by friends..."we count how many exclamation marks you put on your posts sometime!!!" To funny!

Posted by Tiffany Sniezek, Tiffany Sniezek 713-594-9639 RE/MAX Woodlands TX (RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring, TX 713-594-9639 direct,) about 6 years ago

Hi Mike, Ginger, Tammie, Jan, Margaret, Kathy, and Tiffany.  Thanks!

Sound like a lot of us are exclamation type people!  A realtor thing?

Thanks again!


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 6 years ago

Ken - Life with an exclamation point just sounds like more fun than one without.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 6 years ago

Willy nilly ! means less than strategic use. :)


Love and light,


Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 6 years ago

I too am prone to use the exclamation point. It is a little like raising the level of enthusiasm in my voice.

Posted by John Mosier, Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142 (Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert) about 6 years ago

Life is wonderful when we use exclamation points ... very well said!

I am still fan of elipses.....

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 6 years ago

I use them a lot especially when I'm excited or really happy about something. of course we also use them to get a point across sometimes.

Posted by Joel Weihe, Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits (Realty World Alliance) about 6 years ago

Ken, I use the exclamation point as well!  But what I often see is folks using more that one.  Maybe two!!  Or even three!!!

Some even leave a long trail of them after a word!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That... is just plain silly.  I guess it is like Excellent, Excellent'er, and Excellent'est.

Have a Great Thanksgiving!

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 6 years ago

lol, Karen:) Excellent, Excellent'er, and Excellent'est!

it is like my daughter used to say: Bad~badder and baddest:) and Good ~ gooder and gooderst:)) I love those words!!!!

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) about 6 years ago

Life should be an exclamation point!!!!!!

Posted by Jeanne Gregory (RE/MAX Southwest) about 6 years ago

Can't agree more!  Its great to be excited / happy about what you are discussing, so it merits a tone adjustment to the sentences! :)

Posted by Jon Karlen, Louisville & Shelbyville Kentucky real estate (Finish Line Realty - Shelbyville & Louisville Ky Real Estate) about 6 years ago

I completely disagree. But then I would. I'm a grumpy old person who doles out her exclamation points sparingly for emphasis. Nothing is that awesomly awesome.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) about 6 years ago


I do the same thing! I just love to use my exclamation points! Maybe it's an IL thing? After all, I'm from Chicago, when my husband was alive, he worked at HP in Naperville, and my sister once lived in Plainfield - yes she was there during the Tornado! I spent many Christmas' there in Plainfield too.

This is a great post from a great source in Naperville, IL! You can only imagine how thrilled I was to receive a phone call at the updesk a few years ago from someone who said, "I'm moving to TX and you probably never heard of my town, Naperville." Yes I do know Naperville. I was able to connect to the caller. I got them into a rental and a few months ago into their very fist house!

Naperville is a GREAT place to live! Maybe someday, we can do business! If I know of anyone moving to Naperville, I'll let you know!!!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 6 years ago
Hi Patricia, Elizabeth, Jon, Jeanne, Inna, Karen, Joel, Praful, John, Laura, and Christine. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) Elizabeth certainly came up with an answer that made me laugh... I too use the ellipses a whole bunch... But the exclamation point is more fun! Thanks again! Ken
Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 6 years ago

Ken, thank you for this post. I have not used exclamation points much. I will have to do this more. Thank!

Posted by Ben Gerritsen, Mortgage Loan Originator (Mortgage Miracles Happen, NMLS ID: 1289680) about 6 years ago

I think using all caps works just as well.

Posted by Edward Gilmartin (CRE) about 6 years ago

Edward, I very much disagree with you about using ALL CAPS.  It is considered by many to be the same as SHOUTING.  It is also more difficult to read.  I would never even think of using all caps except, perhaps for one word... just to EMPHASIZE that one word.  Just my opinion.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 6 years ago

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