"Cold" calls, there just is not a good time.

Real Estate Broker/Owner CA#01772851 HI#RB21268

Just had another call from an entity that I think a lot of, so I feel bad to even write this blog.

In my defence, the call came in at 2:25 pm in the middle of my work afternoon while I'm concentrating on several escrows and new listings. Yes, business is good but it also brings with it a lot of responsibility.

Yes, it was my fault for even answering the phone if I don't want to talk to anyone. However, I do need to take calls from my clients and prospective clients, my vendors, and agents "from the other side". We have a lot going on.

But I picked the phone up in good faith. There is no way to know which it will be.

So when a nice gentleman tells me who he is from and is ready for a nice chat about his company, I'm not ready!

I feel blindsided.

I want to be nice but...

So I say, "please don't call me until the fall, that's when I'm thinking about my advertising strategy."

And he says, "but I'm not selling advertising."

Next thing I know, I'm saying "so why are you calling me if you are not selling me anything."

See how our mindset has been twisted?

Even now, thinking about it, why was he calling me? Should I call and apologize and tell him "give me your spiel"?

Am I even sure he wasn't selling me anything when he really was?

Why am I even writing this blog? I should be getting back to my listings and escrows.

But that's how these telephone calls affect me.

So please don't "cold call" me in the middle of my day to just chat.




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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I've been inundated with time share slammers robo-calling me lately.  Add them to the solar system sellers, HVAC folks, and survey takers, and I'm averaging about 5 or 6 calls a day!  And, this is to a phone that is on the "Do Not Call List."

Jun 16, 2017 03:36 PM #1
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Well, if you want to tick someone off do a cold call.  Not looked upon very kndly

Jun 16, 2017 06:53 PM #2
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® ,

I HATE cold colds...let me say it again I HATE cold calls. I'm busy and don't appreciate being interrupted with how they are going to make my life easier or wanting to update my websites..I just did that the beginning of the year!

Jun 16, 2017 06:55 PM #3
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Hella,  Nice people do want to be nice. It is in their nature. However, when pushed, we need to draw our boundaries.  I'm getting better about not feeling bad when I need to end a call (sales) that interrupts my day.

Jun 16, 2017 07:12 PM #4
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hella I try to be nice, on the other hand when they do not come up for air and want to drone on for 2-4 minutes I keep saying this is not a good time....then I hang up... others who ask if it is a good time I give them  more polite feedback..Endre

Jun 16, 2017 10:39 PM #5
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Anybody worth their salt always asks if this is a good time to talk. I don't call my leads and start yammering, I always ask if it's a good time to talk or if I should call back at some other time.

The way I deal with spam calls now: Oops, we got disconnected. Looks like my celltower dropped the call. Then I block them.

No explanation required.

Jun 19, 2017 08:41 AM #6
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® - I seem to be inundated with these calls.  The problem with many is that they don't even fit my business.

Jun 24, 2017 08:00 AM #7
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I've had a ton of these sorts of calls recently and when I do decide to pick up the phone it seems I always regret it. I have had a couple of callers who did ask if this was a good time and I felt very comfortable saying that it was not. End of call.


Jun 24, 2017 10:46 AM #8
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