Unfamiliar Numbers

Real Estate Agent with Century 21, The Real Estate Centre, 410-665-0200 Office 634480

Unfamiliar Numbers

Ring-a-ling, Ring-a-ling goes the phone or whatever silly ring tone, or song, that may be on your phone.

I look at my phone and notice that I do not recognize the number.

Normally, I might think that this is a possible customer or maybe another agent or possibly a number which I have forgotten.

Since I like to provide quick and easy service, I would usually answer before the phone could go to my greeting and voicemail system.

But more and more, I am finding that the calls are not from such people, but rather that they are from people, who, like me, need business.  They are sales calls.

They may go something like this:

  • Ron, this is Nick.  I noticed that it's been two years since you bought your car.  I am just calling to see how things are going. ----- Even though, I am not in the market for another car, I do wonder why it took him two years to make a follow up call.  Business must be slow, which means I probably will not be able to sell him a house.  In fact, as I recall, the last time that I tried to call him he did not work their anymore.

  • Ron, it's Charisse, I wanted to talk about your web site. ----- Oh it's Charisse; as if I know who that is. In this case, I know that when I return the call, she will tell me how they can make my site show up on the first page on a google search.  Given that everyone who provides this type of service states the same thing, I wonder how among the thousands of agents, we can all be on the first page.  It's really very simple.  As long as someone specifically searches for "Ron sells real estate in the summer down by the seashore on Saturday afternoons", then my site should be right on top.

  • Ron, it's Tim from the Yellow Pages . . . ----- Who cares what else Tim has to say.  He is calling from the Yellow Pages.  Well, it's not as outdated as it seems; they are on the web these days.  But I already know the story; you pay per click . . . and you never get any business out of it, but you can see that people are clicking away.

  • Ron, It's Darlene, from ABC Lending, I used to be at XYZ. ----- Darlene is very nice, and it is smart that she is keeping me updated on where she is working, but I never used her when she was at XYZ.  I suppose that she is going through all of the names that she can find.


  • And, the list of people wanting to sell me something goes on and on.

I am not complaining about these calls.  I make plenty of calls myself.  It is just frustrating that when I take extensive efforts to make my phone ring with leads for my business, that, instead, I get these calls with people trying to sell me something.

By the way, when you see 410-935-5844 on your caller ID, answer it;  I will be calling with business for you.


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Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

As a Realtor who telemarkets 6 hours a week, I can tell you that I enjoy it and make a living doing it. I call from 9am to 11am or every now and then from 4 to 5pm. I will call from an Open house every Saturday. So it doen't bother me to answer, I choose to talk or tell them I am not interested what so ever but only after their initial spill and end of conversation. I find generally people are nice.

Dec 28, 2009 04:12 AM #1
Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
Century 21, The Real Estate Centre, 410-665-0200 Office - Nottingham, MD


I understand the reason for the calls and I have no problem with the people calling.  My frustration is that when compared to good economic times I get relatively more calls from sales people and relatively less from potential clients.  Although this makes sense, it is exactly the opposite from what I need.

Dec 28, 2009 05:03 AM #2
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Ron, I really don't like the calls that sound like they have a referral for me- but all they want is my money :-)

Dec 28, 2009 02:42 PM #3
Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
Century 21, The Real Estate Centre, 410-665-0200 Office - Nottingham, MD


I have had those calls. They leave a message which almost sounds like they are the customer, or, at least, someone who wants to refer a lead to you.  But none of it is true, they just want to sign you up for possible leads that they might generate by their web site and at only a small cost to you.  Beyond the fact that they do not really have a lead, I do not like their business model, because they deceptively lead potential buyers into believing that they are actually real estate companies, when in reality they are only marketing firms.

Dec 29, 2009 02:23 AM #4
Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

The pitfalls of sales ~ calling is not so bad not taking no for an answer is bad. Here's to a bright and prosperous New Year with phone calls we desire =)

Dec 29, 2009 11:34 AM #5
Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
Century 21, The Real Estate Centre, 410-665-0200 Office - Nottingham, MD


Thank you for stopping by.  Yes, let the good calls ring in the New Year.

Dec 30, 2009 03:05 AM #6
Karen Krzniak
Zenith Realty - Towson, MD


And if these calls continue then the calls will eventually be coming from creditors.

Nov 29, 2010 05:24 AM #7
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