Text Messaging Etiquette for the Real Estate Industry

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Hampden MD RE License 579412

Text Messaging Etiquette for the Real Estate Industry

I was inspired to write this blog by an article I saw on Facebook.  It was short and sweet and straight to the point but it missed a few points I think are important.  

Text messaging has taken over from phone calls and emails.  More people text now than call or email and if you have teenagers you'll know they text all the time. My 16 year old son sends over 3500 text messages every month and he doesn't currently have a girlfriend, when he did it was over 7000.

Here are some points:

  • Before you text anyone you should ask permission first.  Not everyone has an unlimited text plan, and not everyone has a phone that accepts text messages. 
  • Keep it professional always.
  • When texting with clients and business associates be as professional as possible, use proper punctuation and spelling.  It's best not to use abbreviations and short forms and you should treat text messaging the same as if you were talking on the phone or emailing. 
  • When it comes to text messages don't treat them any different than phone calls.  Would you call a client at 5am or after midnight?  If the answer is no, then don't text them either.  
  • Text messaging is immediate but don't expect the recipient to drop everything and answer you as quickly as you would rattle off a text message.  Just because you don't get an answer immediately don't text your client, realtor, loan officer every five minutes expecting an answer.  

Text messaging can help a transaction flow smoothly and can show clients that you are more accessible and tech savvy.  Text messaging is less obtrusive than phone calls and can be more convenient but don't jeopardize your professionalism for the sake of convenience.  

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Christopher Pagli
William Raveis Legends Realty Group - Tarrytown, NY
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It's always wise to ask people their preferred form of communication.  If someone sends you a text, text them back.  If they email, respond via email.  To some it wouldn't be an issue if you picked uo the phone to respond but to some it would be.  If they wanted to talk they would have called you.  The psychology behind our job is very important for us to understand.

Oct 29, 2014 12:06 PM #1
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Patricia Kennedy
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June, I'm learning that texting beats email (which is becoming totally difunctional).  But what amazes me is that so many of us are so hesitant to just call.  I pick up my phone. 

Oct 29, 2014 12:20 PM #2
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Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL
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June,  a beautiful read today with some interesting must have useful info. Hope to catch some others down the road.

Oct 29, 2014 02:45 PM #3
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Bob Crane
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Great post June!  In my opinion, the best texting etiquette is to not do it.

 

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June Piper-Brandon
Long & Foster Hampden - Baltimore, MD
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I am with you Bob Crane unfortunately it seems to be the preferred method of communications amongst our Millennials, like emails I think texting leaves too much room for misinterpretation. 

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