Becoming Immune to Telemarketers and Time Wasters

Real Estate Agent with Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker DRE #00697006

In the olden days, like a dozen years ago, my demeanor was a lot more polite than it is now. When I answered my phone, I would engage in a conversation with whomever was on the other end of the phone. If I received a telemarketing call, I asked nicely to be removed. Explained I had no interest in their product or I was being better served elsewhere. Probably my Midwestern upbringing.

Today, however, I have no patience for that crap. The people who irritate me most are usually mortgage brokers, just calling to congratulate me on my remarkable success as though I had no idea of what I have accomplished or that I would welcome the advances of a new mortgage broker searching for business, NOT.

There is only one solution. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Damned If You Do and Damned If You Don't.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Comments (8)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

There was a time when I was too polite to simply hang up on a telemarketing call.  However, I have developed the hide of rhinoceros where they are concerned.  You know that little sound, "Vrrroooop" that often precedes recorded messages?  I hang up before it even ends now.  Yesterday, I heard from the IRS who was sending law enforcement to my house.  The day before it was Microsoft "Windows" wanting access to my computer, in addition to a recorded message from a back brace company who said I could receive a device via Medicare.  I don't even have a back problem, and no, I hadn't contacted them before in regards to one!

Mar 30, 2019 09:50 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

HI Elizabeth... I feel your pain. And what irritates me most are those who just keep talking after you've said you're not interested and to take you off their list. I've had some afternoons where a dozen or more such calls come in. Now many of them have started texting. I've become very familiar with the block feature on my phone! Sort of like the delete button on my computer for spam emails.

Don't hear from too many mortgage brokers, but have been inundated with calls from Social Security (oh sure) telling me my social security payments are being stopped and my number frozen. And I'm not even due to receive my first payment till next month, as I waited as long as possible to take social security.

Mar 30, 2019 12:17 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Elizabeth. There never is a good time for a telemarketer.

Mar 30, 2019 12:18 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I have many of those numbers memorized to the point of recognizing when to just disconnect... Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1% I don't have patience for it at all.... 

Mar 30, 2019 01:46 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Elizabeth - I have no problem simply hanging up when I can first identify the caller as someone I don't want to continue a "conversation".  

Mar 30, 2019 03:57 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Elizabeth- I tell them that I am not interested and then politely hang up. And then I do as you do, I block their number. What I hate are the ones who start out as if they are inquiring about your service then try to sell you something. 

Mar 30, 2019 04:54 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Elizabeth.

These days if I don't recognize the number I don't answer.   Besides I don't know anyone in Colorado Springs, CO., Murrieta, GA., New Orleans etc.  You get the idea.  

Mar 31, 2019 01:47 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Elizabeth, the other day, I was in a “love the universe” mood when I got yet another call. I was extremely kind as I told him to have a wonderful weekend, hope you find another job that doesn’t make you a pest, and please lose my number. He laughed and hung up.

Mar 31, 2019 08:07 AM