The Phone Rings And...

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

 

To litigious to be an agent.

Now we are unwilling or reluctant to answer our phone. It might be a robocall, a scammer, a wrong number, or a telemarketer.

 

If my phone rings, I answer it.

Hey guys, it may also be a buyer or seller. It may be someone asking about your listing. It may be someone thinking of selling. It may be someone just wanting real estate advice. It may be your seller calling from a different phone. It may be the media calling because they are looking for a last-minute quote or a professional opinion.

It may be another agent or a friend reaching out. Not everyone leaves a message. 

 

Margaret Rome 

 

But we don’t answer unless we recognize the number or the area code. Yet we put our cell numbers on our signs, websites, blog, advertising, park benches, business cards, and we sign up for stuff everywhere so the world can reach us.

 But when it rings, we fear it could be 'that' annoying number.

 

It takes seconds to find out the reason for the call, take action to either hang-up, delete, or block the number!

But what if that is a 'real person' phone call?

Opportunity missed!!

 

Margaret Rome

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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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Sharon Tara Tell me more about this "screen call" button.

Jan 12, 2020 08:31 AM #28
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Cindy Bernstein
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I agree, Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland . I can't tell you how many times I have assumed it's a sales call and it turns out to be a prospective client that I may have missed had I not answered.

Jan 12, 2020 10:24 AM #29
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
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I make a point to answer the phone. If unable to answer, will wait for the voice message and if no message, then no return call. Robo calls and spammers are diligent and take up so much time!

Jan 12, 2020 11:11 AM #30
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Marte Cliff
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Robo calls here are rampant. Some days there are 5 - an hour. Many of them now are from my local area code, and I was shocked one day to see that two of them were from ME. A few other times I answered because the call appeared to be from a local business or person I knew. Nope. Those were spam/scam calls too.

I do see your point - some people who are "real" won't leave a message. But - when it rings as often as it does here, if let every call interrupt my work I'd never get anything written!

Jan 12, 2020 12:50 PM #31
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Cindy Bernstein And that's a perfect example...assuming it is a sales call. I answer and when I find out it is an unacceptable call, I mark it spam. Never to answer the same bad number a second time.

Jan 12, 2020 02:54 PM #32
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! They do take up so much time. That's why I like to identify them so I won't have to answer the number ever again. 

Jan 12, 2020 02:56 PM #33
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Marte Cliff  And you have a valid point. As a REALTOR®, those unidentified calls may be sign calls for my properties, a client, callers from my advertising or radio show. To me, it is just an inconvenience. 

Jan 12, 2020 03:00 PM #34
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Marte Cliff
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Yes, your business is different. Very few of my clients call on the phone. We communicate by email most of the time.

Jan 12, 2020 03:50 PM #35
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Sharon Tara
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It is something that is part of the phone I have...Motorola G6. I'm not aware of anyone else having it. My husband and I both have it (we both have the G6) but we have different service providers so I know it's something to do with the phone not the service.

Whenever we get an incoming call, it provides three choices:

 

If you choose "screen call" it lets the caller know you are screening and it shows you what they are being told and prints out anything they say in reply. 

You then have the option to connect to the call or report it as spam.

 

Usually the callers just hang up.

 

It does identify itself as a Google service. It's not an app we added, it's just came as part of the phone.

 

Jan 13, 2020 07:24 AM #36
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Marte Cliff You are right. My business is dependant on the phone. Always good to see you.

Jan 13, 2020 07:31 AM #37
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Jan 13, 2020 07:32 AM #38
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Sharon Tara Thanks for sharing. I would like to know if the iPhone has a similar feature or if there is an app.

Jan 13, 2020 07:34 AM #39
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Congrats on Kathy featuring your post this week!  I can see why she did!

Jan 13, 2020 07:52 AM #40
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I have the same option as Sharon Tara with my google phone, it offers to screen the call, and often they hang up without leaving a message. Handy, when they do telly uo why they are calling when you don't recognize the number.

Jan 13, 2020 08:00 AM #41
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So glad I read the feed of comments on your post, Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland ... as Sharon Tara's comment/info is wonderful.  Definitely going to check this feature out as it sounds like a winner.  I'm guilty of checking out the numbers closely prior to answering a call.  With so many of these calls now coming in (just read an article that said there were 4 times more calls of this nature in 2019 than 2018) it's hard not to have this reflex action ...

Gene

 
Jan 13, 2020 09:57 AM #42
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland - I get to know the numbers that are spam.  I even get my home phone calling itself!  

Jan 13, 2020 12:13 PM #43
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Thanks Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®  Love being featured by Kathy Streib 

Jan 14, 2020 07:02 PM #44
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543  Glad that you have that feature.

Just today, I had more than a half dozen hang-up calls.

Jan 14, 2020 07:05 PM #45
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi 

4 times more calls...seems like more.

Jan 14, 2020 07:06 PM #46
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  Many of mine are marked from previous calls. Amazing how our own number can figure out how to dial us. :)

Jan 14, 2020 07:08 PM #47
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