Kyle Scott, Content Writer in Colorado (Market Leader)

Spam prevention
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I try to respond to leads 3 times: email, text message and a phone call (leaving a message when they don't pick up the phone) ... I figure that way, they realize someone took the time of day to get back to them. If they don't get back to me, I know I did my best.

Aug 12, 2022 12:49 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I prefer a text to a voicemail any day of the week. And I am not a millennial I'm almost 65.

Aug 12, 2022 09:33 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Know your audience - many of my friends, I could call them with free Super Bowl tickets or be offering to share my $1Billion lottery winnings with them, and if I let them know via voicemail, they'll never find out.

For leads, I like to let them know who I am and I'm very transparent - who I am, why I'm calling, and I give them a reason to call me back.  

But in today's world, voicemail is a low priority for many people.

Aug 12, 2022 12:12 PM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

I identify my self and my message is that I am returning their call.  not always works but repeat as necessary at a different time of day 

Aug 12, 2022 10:51 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I ask people to repeat their number twice, tends to slow them down.  Because you don't always get numbers.

Aug 12, 2022 10:17 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Realness & genuineness has been copied by spam artists making it hard for people in the know to trust. Most people today stay within their chosen sphere of influences & comfort zones. Leaving voicemail messages is tainted. Even if you try to explain you are not spam, it comes across as spam. Saying all that, I have written letters to purchase & have left reaching out honest messages. I have said: I am in earnest & to please call to confirm or deny interest. Majority respond but this changes with the times. 

Aug 12, 2022 09:36 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I don't even know people who check their voicemail let alone respond to one.  Most people will silently (or not) swear when the phone rings and wonder why the person didn't text them, lol

Aug 12, 2022 02:41 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I do not call leads - I return calls from people that leave a message or I call people who requested a consultation.  I speak in my normal voice ... and have a real conversation. 

Aug 12, 2022 10:34 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

I work 100% By Referral, so my prospects are not leads, they are referred to me. The prospects I get off Google, they initiate the call. Cold calling is outdated and a waste of time - unless you like being cursed at, hung up on and or leaving voicemails in Limbo? Paid leads are largely a waste of time and money too unless you like fighting the rest of the pack for the scraps, cause you ain't the only one with their info. The only people that "call back" are the ones that called first.

Aug 13, 2022 06:18 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

When active, I did what Bob Crane suggested and usually had to follow-up a couple of times. In my later years I found voice mails ineffective.

Aug 13, 2022 04:56 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Leave enough info for them to know who I am, why I am calling, and why they want to call me back.

Aug 13, 2022 03:23 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

Clients don't usually call me.  I'm an "extra" in real estate in my wife's firm.  I take overflow buyers when I'm off for my three day weekends and they are busy and then they revert to contact with her team.

Aug 12, 2022 10:23 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

I let them know who I am and the name of my company.  I give some information and ask them to call me if it is of interest to them.  I don't want to trick people into calling me back.

Aug 12, 2022 01:36 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

This is a tough question. When I cold called I did leave VM's for sellers but I was very specific as to what I was calling about.

Aug 12, 2022 01:21 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Try to be "yourself"; don't use a scripted text.

Aug 15, 2022 07:10 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Can't stand voicemails. And from total strangers way out of my area code. Most recently, they come from unsolicited loan people like "yes, we do anything from conventional FHA all the way to blah blah blah.  Their phone number and "I look forward to hearing from you thank you so much bye bye." Jeez. How naive do I have to be to refer this anonymous person to my clients?


Aug 13, 2022 04:52 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Repeat your phone number to make sure they understand it.

Aug 13, 2022 05:43 AM