How to Get a Call Back From a Listing Agent:
Warning: This is my first RANT ever. Please bear with me. I just had one of my One Day Home Sales this past Saturday and I was really frustrated by the messages that were left for me. Here are some tips on leaving a message that will get a call back from me:
1. Speak CLEARLY. Two of my thirty plus messages mumbled so much that I actually could NOT understand their name or phone number (No call back possible here, I really DID try to understand)
2. Speak SLOWLY. I understand that time is money, however, if you speak soo fast that I cannot even understand your phone number, then I may not call back. Three of our fast speaking friends ALMOST did not get a call back. (I think that after listening to your message the third time should be enough to get the entire number).
3. Leave your number TWICE. I am mostly speaking to the fast talkers in #2. However, a few messages were garbled and leaving your number twice saves me the time of having to look you up.
4. Limit your messages to LESS THAN 1 MINUTE. DO NOT leave me a four minute message on why your total LOW BALL cash client should get the home. There were at least 4 other cash buyers MUCH higher than your price...so don't waste my time. Let your offer and documentation speak for itself.
5. Don't call me at 6am. I will answer my phone at most hours of the day for MY CLIENTS, but not for you. Respect decent business hours. You could wait until at least 8am, right?
6. DO NOT argue the comps for MY LISTING. I know my "stuff" and I have never had to lower my Seller's price because it did not appraise. You don't like my other offers' prices...then move on. There are many other homes.
7. Do not ask me to do you a favor. My loyalty and responsibility is to get my Seller the highest and best price. NOT to do a favor for an agent that I do not even know...REALLY??
Thats it for now. Thanks for "listening"...that felt great.
Mark Velasco-Southern California Realtor (LA County)