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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

The episode from the Seinfeld show that dealt with telemarketers.

Can I have your home number?  

I guess you don't want people calling you at home.

Now, you know how I feel.  

Aug 13, 2016 12:11 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I pick up the phone and once I realize it's an unwanted solicitor I just say nothing. My best "trick" is putting them on my block list.

Aug 13, 2016 12:27 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I'm pretty good at not answering these numbers and if they trick me, I block them for next time.  I don't believe in being rude or mean; they're simply people doing their job, the best they know how. 
I find it interesting that we, as Realtors, dislike these calls but yet, so many Realtors persist in cold calling or door knocking !  One more thing that makes me go hmmmm

Aug 13, 2016 12:29 AM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

so i get a call from an agent, a expired call. he asks why i think the house didnt sell? (it was a dirt lot with renderings) . i told him that he should leave the youtube videos on how to do expireds alone and actually i suggested to him before he calls another expired to drive by the home and find something in particular he liked about it to share with the owner. like he  actually knew something.anyway..i think he wont call back. if i were him i would followed up with an email and thanked me and ask to learn more. oh well

Aug 13, 2016 12:36 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I sometimes pick up the phone and do not speak ... just mute the call.  I am not one who cold calls ... I do not like it ... period.

If I am feeling in the mood ... I will thank them for their call - say I am not interested ... wish them good luck - a nice day ... and hang up. 

A blow horn into the speaker.   I have not purchased one yet ... but thought about it.  The calls are over the top ... too many of them. 

Aug 13, 2016 05:25 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We block the number after we hang up.  A

Aug 13, 2016 01:02 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I say I am standing at the front door of my next appt. Time to go.

Aug 13, 2016 12:55 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

If I have time to waste I string them along so they think they are about to make a sale then I say sorry & hang up.  Add # to blocked list.

Aug 13, 2016 12:55 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

A) I point out that I'm on the DNC list

B)  I tell them that my budget is already set for the year

C) That's I'm already on Page 1 for my desired keywords and have plenty of business

Then if they persist, I tell them they're better off moving to the next number on their list because I'm not buying.

And failing all that?  THEN I hang up.  And add them to my SPAM contact list.

Aug 13, 2016 12:36 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I love asking for their home and cell numbers, most will then hang up. Ithen usually block the number that just called in my cell phone

Aug 13, 2016 12:13 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I knew a guy who would lead on the telemarketers and would drop in lines like "You sound hot, what are you wearing?"

Aug 14, 2016 04:32 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I'm pretty good about blocking them or if they get through to me I try and be nice but don't want them bothering me. I hate cold calling telemarketers! Like Michael Jacobs comment.

Aug 13, 2016 12:32 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

No tricks but you have to wonder that in time, they will all go the way of the do-do bird. Who buys anything from someone who cold-calls today? Who says..I am so glad you called. Let me get a pen & paper and get this down etc

Aug 13, 2016 08:22 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

To the ones that inform me that I have no hardly any online presence I ask them how they find me.  There is usually silence followed by an, "I thought so," by me moments before hanging up.

Aug 13, 2016 05:33 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Donna Foerster Yes, don't answer the call in the first place. Let it go to voice mail. If it's important, they will leave a voice mail. If not, a solicitor.

Aug 13, 2016 12:37 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I ask for their Tax ID #

Aug 13, 2016 12:30 AM
Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

This may sound strange but if I have nothing more important to do, I will answer the phone and listen to their pitch.  Practise my scripts with them and occasionally they hang up.

Aug 18, 2016 09:14 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Hang up.

Aug 14, 2016 05:22 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

In the right mood I may simply talk over what they're trying to tell me until they just give up. It doesn't take too long unless they are real estate agents.

Aug 14, 2016 01:15 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Yes I ask them for their home phone number so I can get back to them later in the evening.

Aug 14, 2016 12:05 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I hardly ever get calls from actual human beings. I mostly get robo calls which change phone numbers every time so it's impossible to block.

There was a time when Wayne would actually engage the solicitor in conversation. Since they get paid a commission, they're not interested in wasting time on casual talk so they wind up ending the conversation.  

Aug 13, 2016 11:32 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty
Aug 13, 2016 11:29 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

"Busy right now, but interested in your product." Let me have your home number and I will call you this evening!" Don't have to hang up, they do!

Aug 13, 2016 11:22 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I talk to them in French.

Aug 13, 2016 10:52 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I just tell them thank you for their time, wish them luck and hang up. 

Aug 13, 2016 10:32 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I tell them about the do not call list.

Aug 13, 2016 10:10 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

I put their number on the block list. 

Aug 13, 2016 08:40 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

My phone stores about 150 numbers to block so I add the annoying ones. 

Aug 13, 2016 07:43 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Donna Foerster - you can use some APP - like TrueCaller or something similar - to see who is calling.

I usually do not pick up the phone from unknown numbers and after few minutes, check online about the number - if it is fraud.

Aug 13, 2016 03:52 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I set the phone down and go about what I was doing

Aug 13, 2016 03:51 PM
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I reply I'm not looking for any services. This doesn't stop them. They continue, I often interrupt their script suggesting I have an important incoming call and will hang up.  

Aug 13, 2016 03:45 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

If I don't have the # in my phone I do not answer.  If someone does not want to leave me a message probably not someone that I care to deal with anyway. And I have found callers are very impressed when I return their call within minutes when they do leave a message.  Mark

Aug 13, 2016 03:04 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Start asking them the same personal questions that they are asking me.  They don't know how to respond and hang up.

Aug 13, 2016 02:31 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

On no call list but that does not work so just hang up


Aug 13, 2016 02:15 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Don't answer calls from clearly identifiable spammer numbers, 'No caller ID', etc.

Aug 13, 2016 01:22 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I ask for their name, their phone number, the company name and then remind them I am on the do not call list.  If they are real estate TM's, I might lead them on for a bit before the domestic emergency necessitates a quick and unexpected hang up in the middle of a close.

Aug 13, 2016 12:15 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I'm parked and reading.

Aug 13, 2016 11:00 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Yes, I actually tell them I am going to hang up.

Aug 13, 2016 10:48 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

"Hello", "who's calling?", "This is the police, and we're investigating the murder of blah, what's your name again?"

Aug 13, 2016 09:16 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Ask them if they can hold for a moment.  Then lay the phone down and come back later.

Aug 13, 2016 08:03 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I politely say "no thank you" and then hang up.

Aug 13, 2016 07:38 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I always pick up the phone and ask who is calling. After that i add their info to ''do not answer'' list. 

I had yesterday a text asking if I'm working certain area still, since we talked before. I answered: yes! so the marketing pitch followed. If marketers will switch to texts it is going to more annoying... I'll have to block them. 

Aug 13, 2016 07:25 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

They generally don't take no for an anwer so I kindly say I am not interested and if I don't want them to call back I also request they remove me from their call list. It they still keep going on I say I am hanging up now and do it. Immediately after that I block the number. 

Aug 13, 2016 07:24 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I waste lots of their time until the realize that I am playing them and hang up.  The more time they spend on hold at my desk while I go get a drink of water or something, the less time they have to go find a real victim.

Unless it is a legitimate business, which is seldom is, then I listen and give an honest answer as to my interest in their product, and maybe even suggest someone who could use it.

Aug 13, 2016 05:09 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Just a polite "thank you and I'm not interested, good bye".

Aug 13, 2016 04:34 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Simple, say please put me on your do not call again list. Be polite becasue if you curse at them they will put you on a call soon list.

Aug 13, 2016 04:29 AM
Toronto, ON

Don't answer the phone.  Blacklist the phone numbers.  There are many other ways.

Aug 13, 2016 02:06 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

My line phone 100% solicitors, not listed, do not call list.

I am blocking them through service provider daily. 

Aug 13, 2016 01:27 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I never answer the phone and if there's no voice mail message, I delete it....

Aug 13, 2016 01:01 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I report their number to the agency no call list.

Aug 13, 2016 12:52 AM