I recall a couple of months ago hearing about this "Google Voice" in the midst of my regular day full of phone calls, showings, and other random ramblings as a Realtor in Virginia Beach, VA. I immediately said to myself, "here we go, another program that I'll have to purchase (and learn, ugh) to stay competitive." Gosh, can I take anymore???
Currently I have everything from Top Producer, Top Producer websites (www.AsiyahAli.com, www.VaHomeConnect.com), fees for the local MLS, local and national Realtor associations (NAR,VAR,HRRA) and every gadget, websites, widgets, blogs, gadgets or latest new "thingy" thats supposed to enhance business. I was so over the technological and business over load that it almost led me to run off the edge of the steepest cliff on Mt. Kilaminjaro and leave no note behind!!! (Ok, that's visual AND extreme but you get my point!)
Ok, I digress! With the roll out of Google Voice, here are the features as noted on their website besides being FREE (YES FREE, I'LL SAY IT AGAIN, FRRREEEEEEEEE):
One number for all your calls and SMS
- Call screening - Announce and screen callers
- Listen in - Listen before taking a call
- Block calls - Keep unwanted callers at bay
- SMS - Send, receive, and store SMS
- Place calls - Call US numbers for free
- Taking calls - Answer on any of your phones
- Phone routing - Phones ring based on who calls
- Forwarding phones - Add phones and decide which
Voicemail as easy as email, with transcripts
- Voicemail transcripts - Read what your voicemail says
- Listen to voicemail - Check online or from your phone
- Notifications - Receive voicemails via email or SMS
- Personalize greeting - Vary greetings by caller
- Share voicemail - Forward or download voicemails
You wouldn't believe the level of excitement I am experiencing! Google Voice will definetly change the way I do business as I move toward having a more mobile office. The ability to choose your own number in almost any area code, (note how I chose a number local to Atlanta, GA for kicks and giggles!). Voice transcription feature (turning your voice mail into an email or SMS), as well as many of the other calling features like the call routing will serve any Real Estate professional very well. Oh, and did I tell you that it was FREE?
Ok, here's the kicker! (it's always something right?). The only thing is, you can't just sign up, you must get INVITED! (OK, here's where we all should fee so special!) Check out the website for Google Voice http://www.google.com/googlevoice/about.html for further information and don't forget to click on "get an invite at the top of the page!
What are your ideas on this service? Feel free to post your comments, short cuts and other uses here! We'd love to hear your voices Active Rainers!!! In the meantime, feel free to call or text me via my new Google Voice number 404.939-4890 or online www.AsiyahAli.com.
CIAO from Virginia Beach!!!
Asiyah I. Ali, Realtor - Keller Williams Realty - www.VaHomeConnect.com - www.AsiyahAli.com - http://www.trulia.com/blog/asiyah_ali/ - http://www.zillow.com/profile/Asiyah_Ali/ - www.Twitter.com/AsiyahAli
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A strong entrepreneurial spirit and customer service drive have always been instrumental forces behind the success of Asiyah Ali's diverse real estate business ventures. Upon building a portfolio of personal investment properties in Hampton Roads, Virginia, Asiyah put her own business sense, organizational skills and interpersonal savvy to work to help grow her real estate business and establish clients around the country. "Handling the details is what I do best, and I have countless clients in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake and the surrounding cities who call this area home that can prove it!!!"