Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate )

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Jeff,

It is off limits.  Last evening at our meet up, no one checked their phone until we were ready to go.  It was a pleasure.  When Ron and I go out to lunch or dinner the phone is never included in the setting.....A

Jan 26, 2016 12:35 PM
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
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No-I am old school in that department.

Jan 26, 2016 06:38 PM
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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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     Last year, I agreed to meet a potential business partner for lunch.  She had approached me about a business venture.

     About halfway through the meal, she took a phone call... nothing important... just a friend.  She proceeded to chat out loud, at the table, for over 10 minutes!

     I finished my lunch, then coldly shook hands and left.

    The next day, she left me a couple of voice mails and emails.  I deleted them. 

Jan 26, 2016 12:06 PM
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Sam Shueh
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Nop, I do not ans phone at dinner time. I get back to them after wards..

Sam Shueh

Jan 26, 2016 11:53 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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Doesn't the phone interfere with the television?  LOL   

There are many times and places where a phone should not be allowed but I don't want to give the California legislature any ideas.    

Jan 26, 2016 09:58 PM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
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No, I don't allow them at the dinner table or at any meal. My phone is also never in my bedroom after a certain time in the evening.

Jan 26, 2016 09:46 PM
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

No! Nothing can be more annoying than someone constantly checking their phone at a dinner table or any gathering. 

Jan 26, 2016 09:25 PM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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Off limits; however it is just my wife and I.  She doesn't know where her phone is half the time.

Jan 26, 2016 09:23 PM
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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
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 No.

Jan 26, 2016 05:15 PM
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Jack Gerbehy
Egg Harbor Township, NJ

no but those calls do need to be taken care of sometimes.... when waiting for "that call" add a ring tune to them

Jan 26, 2016 04:56 PM
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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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Good morning Jeff. Our phones are not touched at the dinner table, call will just have to wait.

Jan 26, 2016 04:54 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Jeff Dowler CRS - I leave my phone near my home-office desk!

Unless I know something will make or break the deal, I usually do not even keep my cell phone next to me.

Jan 26, 2016 03:34 PM
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Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL

Great question!  No, not when I am at the table.  Particularly annoying is when someone tries to pull it out at a restaurant.  Look around and it is amazing how many people are talking on the phone while their dinner companion stares out in space and is completely ignored.  So rude. 

Jan 26, 2016 03:19 PM
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Sandra Graves
Keller Williams Realty - Folsom, CA
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I was at a family dinner tonight and no one had their phones at the table. I don't recall ever having my phone with me at the dinner table unless someone asked me to Google something for them. 

Jan 26, 2016 01:39 PM
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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

I have tried it both ways and Halley does not seem to care one way or the other. She sits and stares hopefully either way.    Mark

Jan 26, 2016 01:31 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
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No, we are both catching up while waiting for dinner to be served.

Jan 26, 2016 12:34 PM
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Melissa Jackson
Citiwide Alliance Realty - Weatherford, TX
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We usually don't answer during dinner. 

Jan 26, 2016 12:24 PM
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
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When it's dinner time, phones are left on the desk...in the office...in a room...far, far away.

Jan 26, 2016 12:16 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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No need to prohibit, they all know that it would not be polite.

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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
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Jeff - Absolutely no cell phones at the dinner table. I never try and use my phone when in meetings, or during conversation with others as well.

Jan 29, 2016 09:44 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I live by myself, but have to say when I go to dinner with friends, it is quite annoying when another is constantly on the phone, especially if it is only for an hour.    I think that everyone can "be in the conversation" for at least an hour without being connected.

Jan 28, 2016 10:46 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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Just mine and only when I am waiting for an improtant call that is late in calling

Jan 27, 2016 10:45 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
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When my daughter was growing up that wasn't allowed. It was also off limits during family time. 

Jan 27, 2016 10:27 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

No. We do not use phones at the dinner table. Calls go to voice mail.

Jan 27, 2016 04:26 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
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Yes, but then again I live alone...

Jan 27, 2016 03:26 AM
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David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Jeff,
Between clients, kids and grandkids who live close by I leave the phone on but it rarely rings during dinner. When it does it is usually best to take the call.

Jan 27, 2016 02:35 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Jeff,  Yes. My son knows not to take his phone out when we spend time together.  That said, he does go to the bathroom frequently ... at least he is not checking his phone while we spend time together.  

Jan 27, 2016 02:23 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
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I, perhaps, am the guiltiest of all on this issue. OK, Jeff; I will turn over a new leaf and stop.

Jan 27, 2016 12:37 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

If they're a phone owned by a real estate agent, YES!!!  my daughter, Tammy, will always have her phone with her and if it rings, I would fully expect her to answer it.... if she gets a text, I would want her to respond to it....

Jan 26, 2016 11:27 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

NO, dinner time is dinner time!

There is a great invention built in your phone called "Voice Mail Inbox", I use it during this time so I can enjoy the company of those sitting at the dinner table with me.

Jan 26, 2016 11:27 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Jeff...when I have product...that phone (my office) goes everywhere always

Jan 26, 2016 11:12 PM
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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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Guilty of phones.  It never fails a business call comes in during a meal.

Jan 26, 2016 10:33 PM
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Linda Guess
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO - Branson, MO
Branson area real estate sales.

If I get a business call during dinner, I answer the call.  Luckily it doesn't happen often.

Jan 26, 2016 10:18 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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Nope.

Jan 26, 2016 10:16 PM
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Angelia Bynum
Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors - Atlanta, GA
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Absolutley not; there is a time and place for everything and phones at the dinner table is off limits.  Great question!

Jan 26, 2016 09:59 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Unfortunately others use it. I do not.

Jan 26, 2016 09:52 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

For me i violate my own rule as i deal with many west coast banks who are ramoing up their work day when i sit for dinner, so answering emails or excusing myself for the phone is common place. Most often though no phones at table or when out to eat, no facebook, no snap chat for the daughter.

Jan 26, 2016 09:48 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

No!

Jan 26, 2016 09:46 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

If my son or daughter-in-law call! That's it!

Jan 26, 2016 08:02 PM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

If there is a good reason.

Jan 26, 2016 04:02 PM
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Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
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i leave it on vibe... if its important, i take it...if not i dont. i love what i do... if i didnt answer i would be grumpy. if its a sales call i take it...sometimes i set voicemail to like " hi its mike its 5 pm on tue the 26th, i am going to be walking property and cell reception is bad. pls leave a message and i will call you back when i am down the hill

Jan 26, 2016 12:34 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

if we had a family at the dinner table, I would say no, but with Evelyn and I both being in Real Estate, the answer is "sure we do!"

Jan 26, 2016 11:52 AM