One of the Best Ideas I have Used in My 43 years as a Realtor

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart

A strong communication value, with everyone, not only leads, but clients, past client's, and other agents as well. 

One powerful way to accomplish this is this recording on your cell phone:

"Wait don't hang up, when you leave your name and number, I WILL return your call normally within 3 to 59 minutes"  

About 50% of the time people leave their name and number and say: "I am timing you to see if you call back in 3 to 59 minutes." I don't believe they hear the normally.

This causes you to DO IT, and if you don't make it within an hour, you did say: normally. 

As I recall NAR #1 complaint years ago used to be: Lack of Communications. Here is your opportunity to not be in that category. 

I hope your day is as great as mine.

Dan Dee McGinnis

The Pumpkin Man

Reputable Realty - Apple Valley, CA
...Marketing your home like no one else will.

100 per cent....We have a buyer hat's MIA since before Christmas.  I like that 3-59 minutes!  I would time you too.

Jan 04, 2024 03:41 PM
Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man

notice I said   normally 

Jan 06, 2024 12:30 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Interesting idea. That is always my concern when I leave a message... when will I get a call back.

Jan 04, 2024 04:42 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Great idea! I get lots of spam calls. Just like many of us do. If someone wants to talk to me, they will leave a message. If the caller is spam, they will most likely not leave a message...which is o.k. with me.

Jan 04, 2024 04:54 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello  Dan - if you have found an idea that works for you, congratulations on that.

Jan 04, 2024 05:33 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I'm glad you found something that works for you!

Jan 05, 2024 04:50 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

A great challenge - and I like the conversational tone of your message - probably time for me to update mine. 

Jan 06, 2024 05:53 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Dan. Like your line of thinking about letting people know your timeframe. Enjoy your day.

Jan 06, 2024 06:03 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I don't take calls when I am with a client but call back as soon as I can and explain that first.

Jan 06, 2024 06:12 AM
Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man

notice it says    normally   so if you are with a client you are covered. 

Jan 06, 2024 12:29 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Dan,

Love your idea! Great way to be different from the pack! We all get so many spam that it's hard to know if we really should pick up. My phone will say Spam on some calls but its been know to be wrong!

Jan 06, 2024 09:02 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

You are right, that is a greeting that catches one's attention. You are prompting me to rethink mine, but I am not sure if I can promise to get back w/in a very specific timeframe. I'm glad, Carol included your post in her Second Chance round-up. 

Jan 06, 2024 10:13 AM
Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man


it is simple  notice I SAID:   normally so if I have an appointment or am out for 3 hours it is covered.

Jan 06, 2024 12:28 PM
Ricky Khamis
EPiQ Lending - Gilbert, AZ
NMLS 173141 | CADOC 173141 - 602-758-7425

Dan The Pumpkin Man,

Your approach to enhancing communication is innovative and effective. Setting a clear expectation with your voicemail message not only engages the caller but also establishes a commitment to prompt responses. It's a smart strategy that turns a simple call back into a demonstration of reliability and attentiveness. While some callers might take the timing as a challenge, it's an excellent way to hold yourself accountable and stand out in an industry where communication is key. This kind of proactive approach can significantly improve client relations and build trust. Keep up the great work, and it's wonderful to hear that you're having a fantastic day!


Jan 07, 2024 01:53 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
The best agent in Southern Utah!

I might consider trying that unless someone decides to call at 2:00AM. 👀 Thanks for sharing a tip that has worked for you, Dan Dee!

Jan 08, 2024 04:48 PM