I Sent My Real Estate Agent A Text Message And He CALLED Me!

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again communicating with Generation Y is so important if you want to appeal to a very large group of people on the market right now.

Still, for most of you, Facebook, Twitter, and especially texting seems like a foreign language.

To help ease the frustration that may come with texting and sometimes even emailing the Generation Y group, here is a quick list of text abbreviations your Gen Y clients may be using. Use it as your cheat sheet. Print it out on a piece of paper and keep it with you throughout your work day.

Text Abbreviation Cheat Sheet:

•    IDK: I don’t know
•    BRB: Be right back
•    TTYL: Talk to you later
•    LOL: Laughing out loud
•    L8r: Later
•    2moro: Tomorrow
•    BTW: By the way
•    B4: Before
•    TX: Thanks
•    G2G: Got to go
•    TY: Thank you
•    NP: No problem
•    .02: Your (or my) 2 cents worth
•    TMI: Too Much Information
•    4COL: For Crying Out Loud
•    JK: Just Kidding
•    AFAIK: As Far As I Know
•    CULA: See You Later Alligator
•    BOT: Back on Topic
•    : - ) or  =)  Smiley Face
•    :-D  Big Smile
•    :-(  Frown
•    ; ) or  ; - ) Winky Face
•    :-P Cheeky, Playful
•    :-O  Surprise, Shock
•    :'(  Crying
•    : | Straight Face; Grim
•    : - / Skeptical
•    ^5  High Five

When you see it spelled out for you, it seems to make perfect sense.  But when you are in the midst of your day and you receive a text from your FTHB (First Time Home Buyer) client saying “IDK how I feel about it yet :| I G2G to class, but I will call you L8r or 2moro :),” you can whip out your cheat sheet and figure it out right away.

Also, note that a lot of phones now make the Emoticons available as a texting option. You simply have to put your phone into “Emoticon” mode while texting and you should find a variety of smiley faces, sad faces, winky faces, etc. - already typed out for you.

We hope this short list helped. There are a lot of other ways that Generation Y is shaking up the way we do business today. We are guessing next on your list will be social networking. We're here to help with that as well. We all are aware that Facebook and Twitter are making a big impact on the Real Estate world. Just like texting, there is no use fighting it. If you can’t beat em’, join em’! 


Lori Hildebrandt
Marketing & Statistical Team Leader


Stacey Clarke
Marketing & Copywriting Coordinator


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Christa Borellini
Prudential California - San Diego, CA

Well I thought I knew them all...I guess I didn't...thanks for sharing.

Sep 24, 2010 06:18 AM #1
Stacia Whatley
Hawkins-Poe Inc. - Gig Harbor, WA
StaciaSellsHomes Your Western WA Realtor®

Funny! I am part of that generation so I know all about it, but have a hard time relating to the older generations when I send them a text and they yell at me. LOL

Sep 24, 2010 06:19 AM #2
Sharon Lord
Maracay Homes - Peoria, AZ
New Home Advisor

Heh!  Awesome cheat-sheet - and yes, unless the text says "call me", you need to text back!

Sharon Lord
Argent Decor
Phoenix Vacation Home Furnishing & Home Staging

Sep 24, 2010 06:22 AM #3
Kristi Sims & Trish Sarfert
Coastal Realty Experts - Cantonment, FL
Serving military & civilian relocations!

I don't know what I would do without text- sometimes you just need to get the info across quickly and you don't want to get tied up in phone tag or long phone conversations...Of course, not all my clients text, but if you know your clients, you know their communication preferences.

Sep 24, 2010 06:24 AM #5
Nancy Corsaut
Zephyr Real Estate - San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Realtor, CRS, GREEN


This blog really cracked me up, especially the short hand.  I'm a Gen X'er and 6 years ago didn't text and now I text with almost all my clients.  I don't know all the short hand that you provided, but your message is crystal clear.  We, as a industry, need to stay on top of technology and our clients preferred method of communication.  Thanks for the great blog.

Sep 24, 2010 06:37 AM #6
Jack Cardhu
Airdrie, AB

I know that dealing with people through email and text seems like foriegn territory but for me and many around me our business has really improved since getting Blackberry's and figuring out all the buttons. Also We have hired some companies to help us keep 'active' on Facebook and linkedin ... It is actually simple and fun and when the cheques come they still create the same kinda cash!

Sep 24, 2010 11:07 AM #7
Tristan Emond
Mindful Living Realty - Rapid City, SD
Rapid City Homes Sales Specialist

Texting is without question an awesome way to communicate.  I get more deals done and appointments lined up with simple texting that all that time wasted on calling people!  :)  'Course I really have to be patient when working with an older agent who doesn't think as highly of the system as I do.  Something's gotta slow me down, I guess...

Oct 03, 2010 12:06 PM #8
RealSupport, Inc.
RealSupport Inc. - Palatine, IL
- Virtual Real Estate Marketing

Thanks everyone for your responses!  It's crazy to see how times are changing the way we interact with clients!  LOL!  Who knew texting clients would be the way to go in communicating!  Of course, like you said Tristan, we agree that you do have to be aware of your clients and try to relate to them in a way that they're comfortable with- it's important to reach your clients where they're at!   Thanks again for stopping by and taking the time to read our blog!

Oct 14, 2010 06:09 AM #9
Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON

Thanks for the tips, now I know what someone was texting to me! I thought it was someone high on something and couldn't spell.


Oct 20, 2010 03:19 AM #10
RealSupport, Inc.
RealSupport Inc. - Palatine, IL
- Virtual Real Estate Marketing

Well, we're sure you're a little relieved that they were just using texting shorthand!  :)

Oct 20, 2010 04:22 AM #11
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