Butt Calls and But Calls

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Butt Calls and But Calls


We’ve all experienced them with today’s technology.


You've either made them or received them. You know, somehow your smartphone magically dials a number and you end up calling someone accidentally, usually without even realizing it.


Don't you breathe a sigh of relief when you hear only their voice mail?!


Or you get a call, answer it, and you hear talking in the background, the radio, or other activity and no matter how much you yell HELLOOOO no one ever responds. The butt strikes again.


Blackberry Butt Call anyone?Oh, it might not have been your butt’s fault in actuality, but that’s who usually gets blamed. Even if you weren't sitting on your phone.


Most people seem to understand this, and accept it as part of the smartphone era. They know from personal experience.


The other "but" calls are more painful.


We’ve all had them. You know…


“We so enjoyed meeting you and you did a great job on your presentation BUT we have decided to list with someone else…” (and isn’t that always when you are sure you nailed the listing?)


“The sellers were very impressed with your offer and appreciate all the work you did BUT they have accepted another offer…”


The BUT calls go on and on. They are a reality of our world, in real estate and otherwise.


“But” is a pretty powerful word, usually with a negative connotation, and not one we like to hear. And perhaps it’s hard to deliver that “but” call too.


The butt calls happen on their own, and are certainly less painful, albeit a bit embarrassing.


There's even a No Butt Calls app!


What was your latest “but” or “butt” call?


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I get butt called a lot...Gues I just have the wrong number

Feb 05, 2013 05:11 AM #30
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


Had a client that BUTT called me all the time.  He finally got it fixed, but it was an almost daily occurance, which seemed very strange.   I'll take the BUTT calls over the.... but calls anyday.

All the best, Michelle

Feb 05, 2013 05:16 AM #31
Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA

Oh, yes - been there, done that -  on both counts!  I have one friend who so frequently "butt calls" me that the other day when he really truly was calling and I answered the phone, saying "Are you calling me or just  pocket dialing me again?"  we both had to laugh a bit.  "But" I choose butt calls over but calls any day!!

Feb 05, 2013 05:19 AM #32
M. Lynn Delatte
Developers Realty - Broadview Heights, OH

I have done "butt" calls, and "but" calls.  Fortunately, most of my "butt" calls have been to friends/family.  

The "but" calls are much less fun.  Still I would prefer a timely "but" call over the avoidance that happens when people decide to just avoid the issue and think that you will get the picture when they don't contact you.

Feb 05, 2013 05:20 AM #33
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
JEFF-oh how funny. A dear friend "butt" called me once and didn't hang up. I only wish I'd had a tape of what I heard!
Feb 05, 2013 05:48 AM #34
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Butt calls not to be confused with booty calls!  HA HA HA  Sorry, couldn't resist.  Yes, I've had those "but calls" too. 

Feb 05, 2013 05:56 AM #35
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Both but(t) calls are a sign of the times.  And yes, the single t calls are the most painful.  But we move on.

Feb 05, 2013 06:29 AM #36
Julie Bentley
Watson Realty Corp, Jacksonville, FL - St Johns, FL
Saint Johns, FL REALTOR

Butts have been using technology for some time now - anybody remember seeing xeroxed copies of them from an office prankster. As for the "but" calls, they can be disappointing but are inevitable. I enjoyed your humorous post, Jeff. 


Feb 05, 2013 07:49 AM #37
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Have done that with my Blackberry many times.

Heard some great stories of criminals accidentally pocket dialing.

Feb 05, 2013 08:08 AM #38
Jeanne Kozak
RE/MAX In Action - Martinsburg, WV
REALTOR and Broker/Owner in WV and VA

Funny post, I do keep my phone in my back pocket a lot, so butt dialing is an every day occurrence...my office just goeas along with it as it is usually one of them

Feb 05, 2013 08:08 AM #39
Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!
Yep! We've certainly had both of those type of calls. Both are really annoying.
Feb 05, 2013 09:13 AM #40
The Temple Team
THE TEMPLE TEAM - Mooresville, NC
Specializing in Lake Norman/Charlotte/Charleston

Definitely a unique post!! LOL :)

Feb 05, 2013 09:31 AM #41
Ellie Shorb
Compass Real Estate - Chevy Chase, MD
Realtor DC, MD & VA Luxury Home Expert

As Jane says... BUT we move on... Sometimes the NO "but" is one of the best gifts we can get... if it turns out that we are not a match for that seller - Onward! If there is something to be learned along the way (and there always is...) we can gain something from those calls too.

Feb 05, 2013 09:34 AM #42
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Jeff,  I have never butt dialed ... BUT I have purse dialed.  I've received a lot of butt calls.  I've heard some pretty embarrassing things on those butt calls.  Great fun post!

Feb 05, 2013 10:30 AM #43
Kelly McGovern
Realty Concierge International - Bellingham, MA
Working with Kelly is a good move

fun post!  I havent butt dialed (that I know of) but I did get a butt call this past weekend from my boss.  I couldnt make out what he was saying ( and i listened really closely lol). 

Feb 05, 2013 11:02 AM #44
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Joe - but sometimes I think they do make a whole

Frank - that seems to be the popular opinion. I concur

Paula - naughty naughty LOL

janeAnne - ha ha. let me know what you think. I did NOT download. I figure I can watch my own butt calls for free.

Kristin - so true. I can't, at the moment, think of a positive BUT call

Jennifer - oh yes, have had those. I refer them to the BUT calls

Gary - well life does keep us guessing. You just can't take it too seriously.

Michelle - I suspect NO ONE likes the BUT calls. As for the app, well, I expected that when I went searching

Dave - I bet many here have had those kinds of calls. It always feels like an excuse, and blaming someone else. But it's the reality and we just can't let it bother us for too long.

Betty - it's great to be really good at something. LOL. I am working on improving my mastery


Feb 05, 2013 11:53 AM #45
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jeff, I try to avoid the use of 'but' whenever possible - including such situations you have mentioned about. It (Butt as well as But) does not help anyone, I believe.

Feb 05, 2013 12:06 PM #46
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA


But calls are too painful....I prefer 'butt calls' anytime from anyone;)

My today 'buts": 'thanks for the offer, but we have multiples, get a counter':

'thanks for showing, but ....does not work for us''

''you must move fast( from Fannie may), but we'll take days to give you our istructions'',

'I must sell it, i know, but I'll wait a little longer',

so on so on so on.......


Feb 05, 2013 04:33 PM #47
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

I have a friend whose wife recorded his cel phone's voicemail identifying the phone as BILL'S PANTS...very cute

Feb 05, 2013 07:40 PM #48
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Jeff, I'll take Butt calls any day over But calls. Love it. Well written!

Feb 05, 2013 10:07 PM #49
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