David Barr (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)

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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I've found many executive assistants calling for their boss and they usually say the same thing when I answer:  "Oh, I thought I would be leaving a message, I didn't think you would answer!" 

What does that say about our reputations?

Sep 14, 2015 03:37 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Perfect answer, David. Fortunately I don't get call like that. The only time I did it was a son calling for his mother who is deaf. I don't know sign language and was glad he accompanied us on all the showings. 

Sep 14, 2015 03:23 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I wholeheartedly agree with Michael Jacobs on this subject.  However, there is also the call that says, I am calling for my boss/agent/etc, and they are running late and will be there in 5 minutes.  Those calls I like.  A

Sep 14, 2015 02:49 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

I think your response was exactly the right thing to say David Barr.

As for why they do it, I'll quote the title of the The Doors song People are Strange. 

Sep 14, 2015 02:32 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I pretty much say the same thing David.

Sep 14, 2015 02:31 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We get this all the time with our student rentals, be pleasant to mom and she will make sure junior treats your place well.

Sep 14, 2015 01:38 PM
Caroline Gerardo
Licensed in 20 states - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

I'm looking at properties for my daughter... another one that makes no sense. 

Sep 14, 2015 10:10 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

David Barr I've gotten these calls for commercial real estate all the time. It is always someone who is not the decision maker.

Sep 14, 2015 06:02 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes, pretty annoying.  I tell them that it's best if I speak to the party interested in the property.

Sep 14, 2015 05:21 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

That was the correct answer...

I get those calls, too and say pretty much the same.  Someone that is serious does not make their "mother" call for them, and those that will, are not my kind of buyer.


Sep 14, 2015 04:09 AM
Sharon Altier
Coldwell Banker Realty - Elmhurst, IL
Luxury Property Specialist, CSC, SFR

If you are talking about a person calling for their "buyer" friend or relative, I would state I appreciate your support for their search, but I need to be in touch with them, since there is confidential information that may be discussed and I would need to speak to them directly. 

Sep 14, 2015 03:41 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I receive these kinds of calls as well.  For me -- it's typically a quick call -- wham bam, thank you, ma'am.   I forget about it and move on.

Sep 14, 2015 02:43 AM
Amanda at VA HLC & FedHomeLoan
VA Home Loan Centers - San Diego, CA
Social Media, Content & Client Relations

I will see this a lot when people apply for a mortgage. They will list the phone numbers of others who don't even appear to be related to them, and the same for emails. And then they never answer or return a voicemail or email, so I feel like I'm kind of at a loss here...

Sep 14, 2015 02:28 AM
Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!

David, that is a good question. Perhaps they want the actual name of the Tenant remembered/noted, possibly someone is calling for a disabled relative. Or..Perhaps like Ron and Alexandra Seigal, said, maybe somebody is calling in behalf of their Boss, giving a courtesy call?

Sep 14, 2015 07:36 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, 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

No idea why people do this, unless it's an assistant or someone communicating on behalf of someone that needs help (medical issues/mental disability)....outside of that, like you say, get these time wasters outta here!

Sep 14, 2015 06:32 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Typically they are time wasters but there is a certain culture that does ask their kids to call and inquire about homes as they don't speak English. They are always sincere and genuine.

Sep 14, 2015 04:34 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I'm with you on this one. People do strange things.

Sep 14, 2015 04:20 AM