I may start attaching this post to every listing that I put out there, so tired of criptic texts that require a few questions just to see who they are and which home they are interested in.
Technology strikes again. Everyone has a cellphone. Nearly everyone enjoys the convenience and responsiveness associated with texting.
It's pretty common in my market for agents to quickly text one another to make showing arrangements or to inquire as to a property's current status/availability.
When texting with another agent in this manner, I usually write something like the following:
"Is 123 Easy Street still available? I would like to show it today between 1-2pm. Thank you, Jenna Dixon DRA Homes #277342"
Note that I included my name, my business name and my Georgia Real Estate License information. I do this for a couple of reasons: to let the agent know who they are talking too and in the event that they want to verify the information, they can quickly do so using the Georgia Real Estate Commissions website.
I also think that it's good to have some degree of certainty that the person on the other end of the message is, in fact, a legitimate and verifiable licensed agent and not some local nut job casing a client's home for a possible robbery or vandalism.
Not to mention that it's simple common courtesy to identify one's self when communicating with another person!
When I received this text this morning: "Is 123 Easy Street still available?"
My response was, "Can I have your name, please?"
Guess what happened?
Nothing! No response!
Being the nosy nelly that I am, I googled the number that the message came from and it is a local real estate agent, which makes it all the more annoying!