Texting Etiquette

Reblogger Bob Crane
Real Estate Agent with Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities #1 in Forest Land Mgmt

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.

Original content by Jenna Dixon GA BrokersLicense# 277342

Technology strikes again.  Everyone has a cellphone.  Nearly everyone enjoys the convenience and responsiveness associated with texting.DRA Homes Jenna Dixon

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!


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Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
HomeSmart - Phoenix, AZ


I like your post thank you. We think alike.

Jul 19, 2015 02:02 AM #1
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

My texts are what I'd like to see back;

"I'm an independent broker, I'd like to show your listing at 123 Main, Sunday 7/19, 1-2;30? Karen Fiddler BRE#01494165

Jul 19, 2015 02:03 AM #2
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Jenna's post was a good reminder to all. Nice choice of a reblog, Bob.

Jul 19, 2015 03:06 AM #3
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Tell be about it Bob. Great re-blog.

Jul 19, 2015 03:34 AM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Bob - oh yes you are right.  I commented on Jenna's original post. I get these all the time.  No intro just a critic comment.  We need to have communication training updated for the 21st Century.

Jul 19, 2015 05:12 AM #5
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I agree 100%.  I get calls from other Realtor all the time who refuse to identify themselves up front.  They play the "Perspective buyer" role until finally at the end they spill it.  Annoying as heck.

Jul 19, 2015 05:38 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Haha, I thought I was the only one that got those.  Nice choice for a reblog, so annoying those text messages are.

Jul 19, 2015 08:22 AM #7
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I don't allow texts from m,y clients UNLESS they are running late for an appointment.  To much room for error and many times it is easier to just tlake to them.

Jul 19, 2015 09:28 AM #8
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Bob - It is annoying when people text you and do not identify themselves.

Jul 19, 2015 10:05 AM #9
Nicholas Crane
Woodland Companies - Cadott, WI
Managing & Appraising Forest Land

Thanks for sharing these reports, our clients gain value from of this type of information

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