Spam prevention
Rainmaker
228,701
Dario Ferreira
Attleboro, MA
Internet Marketing & SEO

Probably an auto dialer. After you pick up, it marks your phone as being good - expect a call from a human being next.

Sep 16, 2019 01:01 PM
Rainer
156,377
Karen Climer
Demetree School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Teaching people to pass the real estate exam

Here's how some auto-dialers work...

Joe is a telemarketer.  The machine calls a hundred or so people for him all the same time.  The first person to answer gets to talk to Joe.  If anyone answers after Joe already has a customer, they get hung up on and put back into the call cycle.  This is also why sometimes the phone might ring once or twice, then stop (even if you don't answer).

Sep 16, 2019 01:34 PM
Ambassador
4,570,339
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

You weren't the first person to answer their mass call, Will! 

Another one of the reasons I no longer have a home phone!

Sep 16, 2019 04:16 PM
Rainmaker
468,849
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

Auto dailers and robo calls. I love it when you're actually in the middle of something or away from the phone and hustle to get to the phone on time......just to get hung up on.

Sep 16, 2019 02:19 PM
Ambassador
3,162,866
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Call them back and ask them.

Sep 16, 2019 02:07 PM
Rainmaker
4,270,336
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Why? Oh Why?  

Sep 16, 2019 01:12 PM
Rainmaker
2,086,609
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

They are confirming your number so they can sell it to others as a confirmed working number Will Hamm 

Sep 16, 2019 06:45 PM
Rainmaker
1,431,861
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Spammers/autodialers.

Sep 16, 2019 03:46 PM
Rainmaker
577,737
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

others have noted the highly likely cause as a robo dialer, and the other option is a human sick of robo-dialers doesn't recognize the number, picks up the phone and immediately hangs up as they are sick of robo-dialers.

Sep 16, 2019 03:33 PM
Ambassador
4,747,971
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I haven't had a home phone for year, but I suspect it's an autodialer...just like I get on my iPhone

Sep 16, 2019 03:16 PM
Rainmaker
4,362,208
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I wish we knew.

Sep 16, 2019 02:48 PM
Rainmaker
947,191
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

LMAO - a perfectly clear Q and no one can understand it.

HAHAHAH! Robocaller - you verified your number as working by picking up. When that happens, block the number and kill the snake!

Sep 16, 2019 01:58 PM
Rainmaker
5,768,176
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Will,

I don't understand your question.  

Sep 16, 2019 12:52 PM
Ambassador
2,789,707
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

What Dario said!

Sep 16, 2019 05:59 PM
Rainmaker
741,731
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

 Dario Ferreira and Karen Climer both gave you your answer.

Sep 16, 2019 05:51 PM
Rainmaker
294,058
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Will, hope you got your answer from Dario, Karen, Dan, Ryan, others

Sep 16, 2019 04:55 PM
Rainmaker
5,580,934
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Robo calls..... I have a land line because it's part of the cable package.... I disconnected my phones from it.... all calls are on iphone....and many robo-calls disconnect before I answer....

Sep 16, 2019 03:39 PM
Rainmaker
710,199
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

Because there's a robocaller that calls a dozen #'s & whichever one picks up 1st get's connected to the pitch person. The #'s that answer get recirculated for a call later but get hung up on because someone answered before you. 

Sep 17, 2019 06:06 AM
Rainmaker
1,141,607
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Welcome to the machine Will!

Sep 17, 2019 03:28 AM
Rainmaker
3,951,554
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Will usually that is the spammers checking if you have a real phone they can harass... other than that there is a school of thought that a hangup will peak your curiosity and call back.... no I do not answer either one, Endre

Sep 16, 2019 11:48 PM
Ambassador
3,635,698
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

 

No home phone? Get plenty of these calls on my cell. They hang up when I answer. Return the call and I get hung up on. Spammers all the way.

In between those robo callers, real buyers and sellers do get through. So I will continue to answer. And just say NEXT!  It's just part of the business.

Sep 16, 2019 08:31 PM
Rainmaker
4,579,620
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Karen Climer has your answer.

Sep 16, 2019 04:11 PM
Rainmaker
7,052,178
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

You have received a good answer.

Sep 16, 2019 01:46 PM
Rainmaker
4,505,696
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't know (might just be one of the great mysteries of the universe)... then again, I haven't had a home phone in donkey's years... but they do the same on my cell... probably an auto-dialer.

Sep 16, 2019 01:23 PM
Rainmaker
2,055,099
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Is your refrigerator running ?

Sep 17, 2019 06:04 AM
Ambassador
2,083,868
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What's a "home" phone?

 

haha

Sep 17, 2019 06:01 AM
Rainmaker
3,386,578
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Same reason they call my cell phone and hang up. It is always fun to call them back

Sep 17, 2019 05:14 AM
Rainmaker
916,348
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The caller was prepared to leave a message which is how 90% of all telecom works. But, the unexpected answer sent them run'n for the hills.

So, the question must be asked, 'Why, oh why, do you answer your phone?"

Maybe us 'old schoolers' are the ones out of touch. I too answer the phone.

NOTE to Real Estate Agent: if you are using a robo-call system, do you know how many people you may be hanging up on?

Sep 17, 2019 05:10 AM
Rainmaker
819,610
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Same as what Dario said.

Sep 17, 2019 04:15 AM
Rainmaker
1,386,785
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I swear, I'm voting for whoever has a workable plan to stop robo callers.

Sep 17, 2019 03:45 AM
Ambassador
5,763,754
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Robo dialers

 

Sep 16, 2019 07:49 PM
Rainmaker
530,432
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Robo calls, I cut the cord on the land line about 8 years ago. My kids would not even get up to answer the home phone!

Sep 16, 2019 06:52 PM
Ambassador
1,906,630
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Lots of possible reasons, non of which are for YOUR benefit.

Sep 17, 2019 07:55 AM
Rainmaker
1,185,164
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

99% spammers

Sep 16, 2019 06:09 PM
Rainmaker
5,338,311
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

?

Oct 03, 2019 05:21 PM
Rainmaker
1,028,437
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

They are spam callers and by answering you are verifying to them that they have reached a valid phone number. They can then sell that number to more spammers. At least that is my theory.

Sep 21, 2019 12:09 PM
Rainmaker
1,673,215
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Sounds like Spammers to me. They do it to my cell phone, as well!

Sep 18, 2019 07:10 AM
Rainmaker
2,066,224
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

I don't have home phone 

Sep 17, 2019 07:48 PM
Rainmaker
1,598,130
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

:)

Was not me.

Sep 17, 2019 06:34 PM
Ambassador
3,993,166
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Checking to see if you a valid phone # Will...

Sep 17, 2019 03:31 PM