Dial It Out. . .Sacramento!

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For Sacramentans not already aware, there is a big change that will affect our dialing habits beginning on February 10th.


What is it, you ask?  It is a change caused by the addition of the 279 area code to our existing Sacramento 916 which had been solely servicing our vicinity. 

Because of this area code 279 addition, it will become necessary for those of with a 916 or 279 area code to dial “1” plus the area code, when making calls.  This applies even if you have a 916 area code, and are dialing another 916 number.  It affects landline calls, as well as cellphones. 

More information about these changes to the Greater Sacramento 916 area code, go to www.cpuc.ca.gov/916areacode.  


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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

It is always a challenge when a new code comes into play

Jan 23, 2018 08:57 AM #1
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - Great job getting this info out to your network.  Because Sacramento has not been through this, there will be confusion and frustration for a short while. In SoCal, we went through this 5 times while I lived there!  After the first change, it is much easier to deal with.

Jan 23, 2018 09:08 AM #2
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


You would think they could make these changes easier rather than a bigger pain. cheers cvc

Jan 23, 2018 09:22 AM #3
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

We had that happen some years back here in the Denver area.  They added a 720 area code to the 303.  It was confusing for a while and many people had to alter their advertising locally to include the area code.

Jan 23, 2018 09:35 AM #4
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Myrl... so far in Charlotte it's remained 704... but cell phones started a 980 "area" code a few years ago. I lived through that in NYC years ago. The 212 code everyone new extended to another for the outer-boroughs and now I believe there is a third code.

Jan 23, 2018 09:48 AM #5
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I went through this when I lived in Orange County. It wasn't a big deal for me  because habitually I have entered all phone numbers with the area code in my cellphone. Not to mention, I routinely call 916 when I'm in Hawaii. LOL. I sell a lot of real estate in Yolo County, too, so I'm always dialing another area code for that. 

But for people who have lived in Sacramento for their entire lives and are attached to the 916, I can see it being a huge problem. I even have a 916 t-shirt.

Jan 23, 2018 10:12 AM #6
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I think that is a positive sign of growth for the city and the change should be welcome.

Jan 23, 2018 10:14 AM #7
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat, this is a big change, hope many Sacramento residents will see your post. 

Jan 23, 2018 12:00 PM #8
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

We've got a lot of area codes that service our area.  703, 571, 540.  Usually, we just need to dial the area code and number though.  But I remember when dialing the area code became a thing.  It was a big adjustment. 

Jan 23, 2018 02:24 PM #9
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Myrl, that will take some getting used to!

Jan 23, 2018 05:25 PM #10
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl we have two area codes and have had to do that for a while now.  I have to admit it is a bit aggravating.

Jan 23, 2018 05:30 PM #11
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I have always wished there was some Rhyme or Reason to area codes. I think it would be cool to have the first two numbers designate the state and the last one the city right now it's a hodgepodge of numbers that don't make much sense. I will get off my soapbox Myrl Jeffcoat I promise...

Jan 23, 2018 07:51 PM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

This is a very good reminder to share with area residents.

Lots of calling errors will take place.

Jan 24, 2018 04:33 PM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I remember when this started happening in Los Angeles.  We had 213, then they added 310.  Then they were going to add more to the 310 area, and some local gov person ran their election promising that 310 would stay intact and they would add on a new code to Pasadena instead.  He won the election and kept 310 intact.  A

Jan 25, 2018 12:29 PM #14
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Good Friday morning, Myrl. Have a great day and a very special weekend.

Jan 26, 2018 05:46 AM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Myrl

Wow big change for you and everyone's dialing habits. Great information to be sharing. I remember when we added a new phone number, here, and back east. It took a while to get used to it!


Jan 26, 2018 06:01 PM #16
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That's a big change.  It will be an adjustment to get used to that!

Jan 26, 2018 06:49 PM #17
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes


 We have 4 area codes and only one requires dialing 1, eventually you should not have to dial a 1. GOod info for people who call Sacramento!

Jan 29, 2018 01:50 PM #18
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

That shows the growth is huge in your area and there was need for expansion. I hope all the change and readjustments go smoothly.

Jan 29, 2018 05:37 PM #19
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Apex, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

Myrl, we went through this a few years ago. It takes a little getting use to but, it is fine. The biggest think is changing all your marketing if you're a business owner.

Jan 31, 2018 05:52 AM #20
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