Spam prevention
Sandi Walker
Oklahoma City, OK

Yes, people do not always change their phone#  these days.  An out of state number does not mean the person doesn't live down the street.


Jan 12, 2015 09:23 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Evelyn, almost everyone who lives in Florida came from somewhere else!  I definitely answer out of state numbers but I also have a long list of spam/sales call numbers that show up on my phone as such.

Jan 12, 2015 11:20 AM
Cindy Dudley
Brockway Realty, LLC - League City, TX

Yes, I will answer for an out of state number for the same reason that Sandi Walker mentioned.  And I don't mind quickly ending a telemarketing call.

Jan 12, 2015 10:36 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It depends. When I see an odd area code, no - inevitably those are spam or robo calls with no messages. BUt I get a good number of out of state call becuase of my focus on relocation so I have to be careful.


Jan 12, 2015 09:52 AM
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

Our nearest border is pretty far but yes I will answer out of province or out of country calls. Unless it's a number I recognize as being a spammer.

Jan 12, 2015 09:44 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I do answer my phone Evelyn, but I also know I risk getting a telemarketer. I can''t afford to miss what might be a prospect calling.

Jan 12, 2015 09:32 AM
Dipti Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
On a team with Praful Thakkar


May 23, 2018 11:20 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

When you call I do

Nov 06, 2017 12:00 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes, most of my customers are from out of state.

Oct 22, 2017 05:53 AM
Mary Weiss
Zillow Group Mortgages - Seattle, WA
Trainer & Content Manager

I never answer out-of-state calls simply because I get so many telemarketers calling me, unfortunately. But, if I used my phone for strictly business, I would answer every call if possible.

Jan 15, 2015 12:06 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Our calls go through a virtual receptionist (she is live), but not here.  She asks, who does this person want to speak to, Ron or myself?  The call is then directed to our individual cell phones.  It definitely separates the wheat from the chaff.  Every call that comes in is recorded on an online report, so that we can make sure that we have not missed a call.  We love this service.  A

Jan 13, 2015 01:26 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

I have blocked many out-of-state marketing numbers! And usually, I DO NOT pick up the phone if I am in the middle of something.

If I do pick up and if it a telemarketer, the number gets into 'blocked' list.

Jan 13, 2015 01:24 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Yes Evelyn one of my Niches is out of state people moving to Evanston IL to attend Northwestern University so I get out of state calls every day, I have an 800 number fot that purpose

Jan 13, 2015 12:07 AM
James Brockway
Brockway Realty, LLC - League City, TX

I grin and bear it, but always answer.  Seems that there is a 50/50 chance it is a marketer, but as Sandi said, these days people keep their same mobile number as they move from place to place and you don't want to miss a prospect.

Jan 12, 2015 11:36 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Most of the time, unless I recognize the # as a previous telemarketer. Express Copy gas called so many times I recognize their # so I don't answer.

Jan 12, 2015 11:05 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Of course, I do, Evelyn. Charlotte metro has tons of people relocating here so I'd be crazy not too. Plus, lots of my clients have relocated here and kept their old phone number with the out of state area code.

Jan 12, 2015 10:39 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

It depends on if I am free to talk or if I am doing something else.

Jan 12, 2015 09:25 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I always answer my phone.

However I reserve the right to end the call at my sold descretion.

I know that on the other side is some sole trying to make a living. I don't take it personally, and I trust they do not either.

Do not, please do not, go off on a tirade to assault someone just trying to feed their family.

Jan 12, 2015 08:59 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I also agree with Silvia,

area code does not mean much these days,  when people relocate they usually don't change their cell phone numbers.

Jan 12, 2015 06:25 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I do if I'm not F2F with a client( or in shower, etc.:) , the only time I don't answer the phone when it is 'blocked'~ 99 out of 100 those are marketing calls.


Jan 12, 2015 06:24 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

If I do not recognize the number I will let it go to answering.  If no message I can be sure not important.  If someone has left a message I return the call immediately and they are just as impressed as if I had answered the call originally.  Mark

Jan 12, 2015 03:06 PM
Nina Rogoff
Boston, MA
Wix Websites for Real Estate Agents

It's difficult to know what's a telemarketer or a potential client. I answer all calls. If it's a recorded message or a telemarketer, it's easy to end the call. As Sandi Walker said, many people have out-of-state area codes on their cell phones but they may be living in the town next door!

Jan 12, 2015 02:11 PM
RVA HomePRO Michael Hottman
RVA HomePRO Realtor with Keller Williams serving Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfiled and Richmond, Virginia - Glen Allen, VA
Helping you achieve goals in life & real estate

yes, but I also plan on a sales pitch on the other end.

Jan 12, 2015 11:37 AM
Anita Allen
Levin Rinke Realty - 850-377-4410 - Pace, FL
Your Realtor for NW Florida, Pace/Milton/Pensacola

I do answer out of state calls.  People do not change their phone numbers when they move.

Jan 12, 2015 11:17 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I do a lot of relocation, so you never know when it could be a buyer or seller, but most are telemarketers.   

Jan 12, 2015 11:12 AM