Written in response to How often do you check your e-mail (which didn't seem to have anything to do with e-mail)
WRITTEN TO OTHER AGENTS
I can understand what you are saying and thinking but I've lived on both sides of this.
Real Estate is a business, so I treat it like one. You call any business after their posted hours and they will not be picking up the phone. What do customers do when the don't reach them, move on to the next one. If I lose a customer or client due to my "hours" it's ok. Think about it? If I have someone upset about my posted hours and expectations and they want to violate that, they will do that later on too.
That's what happens in real estate most of the time.
I never could get realtors that weren't 24/7 realtors, until someone asked me: "Is there anything I can do at 6PM that I can't take care of in the AM?" NOPE
So why do I need to take a call from you (the other agent) at 6PM? I have a family I'd rather spend time with, sorry. You're not even 3rd on my list of people I would want to hear from. What could you possibly need that can't wait?
Now that I am one of those "after 5:30" people. It's about living my life and running my business. My business has INCREASED since then.... and you're (figurative) still the same place on my list of people I want to hear from.
Just in case:
- My Client's Family
- Everyone Else
Are there times I stray from this, absolutely! If I get an offer, schedule a late appointment, ect, then I'll call or text at least. If you (other agent) followed directions, I will get the offer and be able to respond immediately, if you sent the offer to my Broker. I'll see it when I get there I guess. Too bad.
Life's too short to be at YOUR beck and call. What did your post have to do with e-mail by the way? Am I arrogant? maybe, but my Family comes before my business.
When you run a business that is 24/7 like that, you become a slave to the business. Eventually, something else suffers. So the real question is what is suffering in your life due to all the stress you have when an agent doesn't call you back?
As a side note, what about weekends?
Did you know that it costs Truet Cathy $500 Million Dollars for closing on Sunday? Chick-fil-a is a top a lot of lists as most successful. Truett has Faith, I do too, ... DO YOU?