Sometimes Voicemails Give You False Hope

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Last week I got a phone call from a business that said they were looking for a Realtor to work with foreclosed homes. But my phone has been acting up and I didn't even know they called. I got the voice mail a couple days later. When I finally found out they called, I made a mental not to call back. Welp, I forgot. My fault. I didn't want to call back a week later to look like a jerk calling only when I have time..

 So, I got the call again yesterday. YES! I returned the phone call right away and they said they were from US HUD. I admitted I never heard of them.

They said they were looking for EXCLUSIVE AGENTS for my area. I was like.. Oh yeah.. I'll fax the rep agreement. But they weren't going that way. He explained the info when I realized, it was a service.  Cranberry Sauce!! Now I knew what was coming.

"Is this a service you offer?"


"Like a membership?"

He gave a canned response.

"How much does it cost?"

"We can waive the set up fee and it will be a monthly fee of $199.00/month"

"Umm... yeah! Not so much. But I thank you for calling"

So, this is just a notice to anyone that might get a voice mail from someone saying they need EXCLUSIVE AGENTS. It may not be as cool as it seems....


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Comments (8)

Maria Couto
RE/MAX Premier - Berkeley Heights, NJ
Realtor with "Results That "MOVE" You'
In the beginning of my carrer I would open all kinds of emails looking for exclusive agents. I soon realized nothing is free. I no longer open any that start with: "looking for a realtor".
Oct 19, 2007 01:00 PM
Hayden Gerson
HPM Financial LLC - San Diego, CA
I hate when I get these calls, they like to lie to people to get them interested.

Popozao = Portugese slang for a girl frim Rio with a huge butt. I did not know you speak Portuguese.
Oct 19, 2007 01:00 PM
Alamo City Homes Magazine
Alamo City Homes Magazine - San Antonio, TX

I only use popozao as a way to sign off.. and to make fun of Kevin Federline..

Oct 19, 2007 01:15 PM
Robert Whitelaw
Whitelaw & Sons Real Estate Services - Morgan Hill, CA
Broker, CEO, Realtor , ePro
Once I am clearly being solicited I usually ask "You realize that this number is on the do not call registry, right?" That usually not only stops that call, but any follow ups.
Oct 19, 2007 01:36 PM
Stacy Magid
Century 21 New Millennium - Woodbridge, VA

So frustrating to get all these solicitations lately.  I always tell them that I'm on the Do No Call List as well and then they tell me, Well we got your info from your website.  I said if you are calling to  buy or sell a home then great otherwise remove me from your list.

Oct 19, 2007 01:45 PM
Keisha Hosea-
KASI Homes - Chino Hills, CA
Real Estate Solutions For Real People
I hate these calls and now I just don't respond at all. I need real, viable clients on the other end of my phone...plain and simple.
Oct 19, 2007 03:33 PM
Rick Tourgee
Robert Paul Properties, Inc. - Provincetown, MA
Provincetown and Cape Cod

Hello Eric-

Good post!  I believe we are all being "spammed" by these people.  I delete any e-mail that says something along the line of "looking for Agents" from an unknown e-mail address.  After all, I am sure if we Agents had a referral for another Agent, we would clearly identify ourselves as working for a reputable licensed Broker that has a quality referral.

Oct 20, 2007 02:43 AM
Josh Adams
Heavy Hammer New Media Solutions - Annapolis, MD

Hey Eric,

Interesting post,lol. I wanna know who ya talked to from my company. The new guys are funny to listen to sometimes on this end, then I get to read about them on here. Anywho, my apologies to those of you getting hit multiple times after asking not to be called again. I will do my best to update the do not call list for anyone I may encounter who is not interested.  

Dec 20, 2007 01:57 AM