I consider this spam if you've previously asked to be removed from their recruiting list. I understand the torn feelings, especially if it's an agent you like and have worked with in the past. Sometimes the best response (before they get too far along) is, "Which listing are you calling about?" If it isn't a listing, simply tell them to place you on their do-not-call-for-recruitment list and you look forward to talking them about actual real estate business next time.
We all know many of the signs and are aware of spam and robocalls. We recognize the ‘you’ve won a zillion dollars '' emails, the phony Microsoft phone calls, the "you’ve been sent a HUD attachment," and “ your wiring instructions have changed."
Spam to me is unwanted calls, unwanted emails or any other unwanted communication.
It is pretty easy to delete an email, ignore a text, block a call and throw away a piece of snail mail.
But how do you deal with another company whose main goal is to recruit you?
They have been well-trained. In the beginning it may be an invitation to a seminar or 'I have really missed you let's get together for lunch.'
But then the emails and phone calls follow, usually from various agents from the organization. These are people you know, done deals with and they show your properties. So when you see their number you are assuming they want to talk about one of your listings.
But they really want to tell you about all the benefits of changing companies and how much more you can make. When they realize I'm a solo broker, they ask "what is your exit strategy?"
They have great scripts, they bring you into a conversation. By the time you realize their motive and gently say no thank you...it starts to get a bit uncomfortable.
Our own industry is now doing to us what we fought so hard to get rid of...just another type of spam.