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Google Voice. Voice Mail was Never this Much Fun.

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Google Wave. Google Search. Google Docs. Google Apps. Let's face it. Lots of us are Goo-goo over Google.

And for good reason. Simplicity is what we all crave.

Aren't you just a little tired of dealing with five, seven or even ten different companies out there who mange your website, Top Producer, Settlement Room, Point2Agent, Reply! for leads.... aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh it makes you want to scream.

There'a a lot to like about Google when it comes to anyone streamlining their real estate business. They innovate constantly, which is something a lot of us should be doing, too. And best of all, Google is a big enough company to pay lots of propeller head engineers to come up with some impressive business solutions at a price tag that we all like.


So... if you haven't heard of Google Voice, here's the skinny from the Bartman. 

It's a single phone number that Google can set up for you, or in two weeks -- you can use your own phone number. But now on line, you can create any greeting you want. Forward calls to any phone number you want and it's pretty cool having ALL of your voice mail messages in one place.

My Google Gmail is about three years old, and I've got emails from now bankrupt and dead brokers like the Coldwell Banker Hunt Kennedy Group and All Pro Realty who closed their doors in October 2008.

So I guess it's time to go in and clean out some old Email "dust bunnies," here. 

One really nice advantage of Google voice is that is can translate your voice mails into text and send it to your cell phone or email. This way, if all you want to do is get the voicemail to hurry up and give you the phone number to call back... Google can now grant your wish. 

You can set up different outgoing voice mail greetings for your customers. Make another for your mom, one for your friends, etc. It's like a fancy Voice Mail PBX without the expensive price tag.

I've been using RingCentral.com and it's good. But I pay $49 a month. With Google, I can save that $49 and buy a tank of gas with my savings. I just need someone to invite me to Google voice so I can start using it. 

Click here and watch the Google Voice Video. 

While all of this sounds "too good to be true," it does come with a few "gotcha's."

1.) For now, Google is only available via invitation. 

2.) Not all of these cool features (above) are going to be available unless you HAVE a Google Voice phone number. 

Insiders for me at Google tell me that changes or STARTS to change in two more weeks. So stay tuned to my blog posts for more. 

-- bart




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Bart Wilson | CIO
Virtual Pictures Corp (VPiX®)  
iPhone: (719) 645-9940  |  Skype:  vpix360 

Comments (46)

Mark Gridley
eXp Realty, Reinventing the National Real Estate Office! - Fountain Hills, AZ
TecKnow Real Estate Agent, Fountain Hills, AZ

I heard that Google has taken Voice out of Beta and took it live.

Jul 02, 2010 06:43 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

thanks - I now have Google Voice for my messages!  I hope it's as awesome as it sounds.

Jul 20, 2010 03:26 PM
Rita Norman
Walnut Creek, CA
Your Agent in Walnut Creek CA

Bart: I've been using google for a while now and I am finding more and more things I like about it. I haven't gotten to Google Voice yet. I'll be sure to check it out. Thanks for the heads up.~Rita


Aug 15, 2010 10:12 AM
Lou Mayo
Lou Mayo, REALTOR @ Real Living Realty Professionals - Belchertown, MA
REALTOR, Serving Western MA, Buyers and Sellers (413) 726-9300

Thanks Bart. I'm Goo Gooo for Google too!  They seem to always ahead.

Aug 29, 2010 06:58 AM
Andy Brown
Climer School of Real Estate - Arctic Bay, YN
Best Real Estate Training in Florida


Very cool, I am going to check it out and let you know!

Andy Brown

Sep 07, 2010 08:56 AM
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Thanks for sharing - I use Google voice and love it - Have a great day!

Dec 29, 2010 09:54 PM
Olga Vasquez
Park Regency - Granada Hills, CA

Thank you for sharing.And have a happy New year!

Dec 30, 2010 08:58 PM
Kate Bourland
Marketing with Kate - Redding, CA
Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing

 wow this is a really old post.  I have google voice and it doesn't do these neat things. I'll need to check iti out

Jan 11, 2011 05:42 PM
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

I love love love Google Voice - It is awesome - Google has everything!  Thanks for sharing!

Jan 20, 2011 08:55 PM
Doug Bullwinkel
E Mortgage Capital, Inc. NMLS 1416824 - Roseville, CA
Mortgage Loan Officer NMLS #281609

Bart:  Thanks for the informative post.  I hadn't heard about this before but that's true about a lot of things.  It sounds like this could be efficient as I do get impatient waiting for voicemails to get around to the phone number, if they remember to leave it at all. 

Mar 04, 2011 07:03 PM
Scott Fogleman
Richmond, VA

Great post, i have considered getting Google voice but for some reason never did it. With some changes going on in my busienss I think its time for me to do it!

Apr 12, 2011 11:25 PM
Erna Neal
The Viking Team, Realty - Winter Park, FL
A Knowledgable Central Florida Realtor
I just signed up for Google voice yesterday, I even got a custom number with it. It's so neat, I can have both mine and my assistants phone ring and the first to answer gets the call.
Sep 16, 2011 08:51 AM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

I had tried to get Google Voice a few times, but could not get local number, and then just forgot about it. I guess, I need to check it out again, thanks

Apr 16, 2012 03:27 PM
Tanya Busch
The Maine Real Estate Network - Auburn, ME
Maine Real Estate

What's everyone using these days for voice and chat apps?


May 01, 2012 08:14 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Google voice convert to a text message is really neat.  of course when a person does not speak clearly you get some strange transcriptions.

Jun 02, 2012 07:45 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

This sounds like fun.  I will check it out.

Sep 20, 2012 01:12 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Google has so many gadgets I don't think anyone can get their arms around all of them.  With regard to Google Voice I disabled the transcription.  The transcriber almost never catches the words correctly.

Oct 17, 2012 05:01 AM
Adriana West
Home Expo Gallery, LLC (Keller Williams) - Roswell, GA

Hi Bart,

Thank you for sharing. I'll give it a try. :)

Jan 08, 2013 02:02 AM
Bill Cherry, Realtor - Dallas, TX
Broker & Wealth Coach

Hey, Bart!  I use google Adwords and other stuff, but I was unaware of Googler Voice.  Would you please send me an invitation so I can sign up?


Feb 16, 2013 06:19 AM
Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate

I know this is an old post but I have been using Google Voice forever and just switched over to it for my main phone number so I can keep my old one as well.

Jan 14, 2015 10:36 AM