Spam prevention
Rainmaker
688,531
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

When I see an area code that is not local it gives me hope that someone will be relocating to my community and needs a Realtor. 

Oct 04, 2015 02:00 AM
Ambassador
4,316,065
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Debbie Reynolds usually, I let it go to voice message - and then check afterward online if it is a call from telemarketer or not.

However, I did pick up a call yesterday from Wisconsin - knowing that it was from one of AR member and yes it was, from my dear friend Bob Crane .

I do answer calls from New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Rhode Island as I get many referrals from these states.

Oct 04, 2015 01:57 AM
Rainmaker
614,885
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

More and more people don’t change their number, especially military families. I answer it.

Oct 04, 2015 12:41 AM
Rainmaker
1,386,585
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I always answer.

Oct 03, 2015 11:03 PM
Rainmaker
4,433,809
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I can never tell if it is a telemarketer so I answer my phone.

Oct 03, 2015 09:40 PM
Rainmaker
3,890,976
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Answer it. We do a nice relocation business so you never know...

Oct 03, 2015 07:34 PM
Rainmaker
3,335,183
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

 We get lots of calls that are not local area codes...people who have or are moving and have not changed their number....we always answer every call.

Oct 03, 2015 05:57 PM
Rainmaker
2,759,637
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

I still answer because I do business with a lot of out of town buyers and sellers.

Oct 03, 2015 05:55 PM
Rainer
145,253
Andrzej Niemyjski
Realty One Group - Sun City West, AZ

It happens more and more that when people move they dont change their number so sometimes its hard to tell if that call is out of area.  The 800 numbers go to voicemail but I try to answer all others

Oct 03, 2015 03:31 PM
Rainmaker
2,442,569
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I will answer an area code if I am able to, but not an obvious 800 or 888 type number.

Oct 03, 2015 02:59 PM
Rainmaker
1,683,406
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I let it go to voicemail if it is an 800 or 866 number.

Oct 03, 2015 02:41 PM
Rainer
216,394
Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

Let it go to voicemail.  I do not need to answer every call.  It is good for a prospet to know that you are sometimes busy. 

Oct 03, 2015 01:45 PM
Rainmaker
1,027,535
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I let it go to voice mail.  If someone is just dialing for agents, willing to work with whomever answers their phone call first, they are welcome to do that. If they are serious buyers who want to talk to me, they will leave a message.  I'm busy and don't need every buyer out there;  besides, a serious person will leave a message and do their due diligence as to what kind of agent they are calling. 

 

Oct 04, 2015 02:28 AM
Rainmaker
4,246,974
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It depends unless I have already "flagged" the number, I will answer if I am available.  I prefer not to answer private numbers or toll-free.  I don't have a problem --- saying hello and no, thank you.   

There are so many people who move to our area yet keep their "home" cell phone numbers.  

Oct 04, 2015 02:07 AM
Rainmaker
590,612
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Good question. I always answer even if I KNOW it's a telemarketer. Those guys never give up, so I tell them to call me next month. But those are the ones I THINK I might do business with. The others? "No thank you." I also signed up for the cell phone "no call" list and I think it's working.

Oct 04, 2015 01:58 AM
Rainmaker
1,440,556
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

For me it will go to voice mail and check out the number for spam when I can if they do not leave a voicemail. I think from now on I will use that little button that says I cannot talk now!

Oct 03, 2015 11:32 PM
Rainmaker
1,466,027
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Debbie Reynolds I always let it go to voice mail. It the person calling is serious they will leave a message and I will call back.

Oct 03, 2015 11:18 PM
Rainmaker
914,708
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

If I am busy, AND the originating number has some form of an 800 number, I will let it roll to VM.

Also, calls from Mountain View and Seattle, unless I really want to talk to Zillow (not a chance).

Oct 03, 2015 09:52 PM
Rainmaker
868,568
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Answer it unless I recognise it as a common spam # that has called several times before.

Oct 03, 2015 09:19 PM
Rainmaker
2,810,281
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

No, I generally don't because more often than not it is spam.  Most people in the area/looking to move here call my main number not my cell.  This is one of the many benefits of having an asst.

Oct 03, 2015 08:17 PM
Rainmaker
1,179,543
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Yes, yes. Furthermore I check the source and POST it as a SPAM. 99% spammer.

Oct 03, 2015 02:20 PM
Rainmaker
778,856
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

Hesitant to answer local numbers too these days.

Apr 08, 2019 10:58 PM
Ambassador
5,706,280
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

If I have time, I answer, but if they are masking their number as a local number then they just get a lecture on honesty from me.

Oct 06, 2018 10:11 PM
Rainmaker
420,893
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I've done both. More and more though, I am letting calls like this go to voicemail.

Oct 07, 2015 06:24 AM
Rainer
71,944
Jack Wickham
Clarksville, TN
Building with Integrity

I tend to answer all of them and some do turn out to be marketers but many others are potential clients.

Oct 04, 2015 01:03 PM
Rainmaker
1,425,720
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Known telemarketers and spammers are blocked by an app on my phone.  For the rest, yes I ignore out of area numbers.  If it doesn't start with 805, 818 or 310 it goes to voicemail, unless I'm expecting a random number call.  If caller ID puts it out of state, it definitely goes to voicemail.  If it is not important enough for someone to leave a message, it's not important enough for me to answer in the first place.

Oct 04, 2015 05:52 AM
Rainmaker
1,667,826
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I kill it, google the telephone number and if legit, call it right back

Oct 04, 2015 03:36 AM