Paul S.  Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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

When a LIVE person comes in 2nd!

Aug 27, 2015 02:37 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I would have put a couple of dollars on the table to pay for the coffee, and told the guy, "Nice not to talk to you," and left...A

Aug 27, 2015 02:39 AM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

I am used to it and try not to let it bother me.

Dec 08, 2018 03:59 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

How about in a Dr. office where it says to please turn off your cell phone in respect to the Dr. and other patients; then the Dr. walks in on his cell phone making airline reservervations. I called him on it and pointed to the sign on the wall...

Aug 27, 2015 08:35 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Tacoma Washington I totally agree! This and taking a call when in a meeting.

Aug 27, 2015 05:05 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Any and EVERY loud talker equiped with a cell phone will prove to be rude in their use of it.

I control the context by:

  1. placing my cell phone on the table top and making sure they see me place it in sleep mode
  2. Stating our purpose
  3. Asking can we talk?
  4. Suggesting they mute the phone or find a more benefical time.

Failing to do so suggests your time is less valuable than everyone else's in the subjects sphere. In some cases, agents value is EXACTLY what they allow others to dictate.


Aug 27, 2015 04:49 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Any notifications that entail the focus to be drawn away from the business at hand are rude. 

Aug 27, 2015 04:25 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

The worst thing for me when I'm a customer and the person working somewhere is on a personal phone call while I am waiting.  That totally ticks me off.

Aug 27, 2015 03:34 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

Oh, let me count the ways...

some uses the phone next to you at a restaurant, or my personal favorite, is when I'm on a treadmill - the person next to me gets on the phone. 

I have been to dinners where eveyone at the table is on the phone emailing or texting. We have replaced social interaction with our phone interactions. It's very sad.


Aug 27, 2015 02:10 AM
Chris Mamone
Keller Mortgage - Tacoma, WA
Senior Loan Officer

I dont like making appointments with clients or realtors and having half the attention because they a texting or trying to figure out who's calling. You scheduled your time, call them back in a few. thats what I do.

Sep 02, 2015 02:58 PM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

im gonna take a bit of the other side of this equation, 1) you are selling him 2) he may (may) be doing business 3) if he is bsing..then you will not get his attention later. 4) i do meetings a lot during the day, as we all do. i say there are two ways to go,  A. treat everybody the same and take all calls that are business. 2. take none , when your busy. I feel a blog coming on...

Aug 29, 2015 10:33 AM
Melissa Zimmerman
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty - Huntersville, NC

When someone has the earpiece in and tries to hold 2 conversations at once. I don't compete for attention!

Aug 28, 2015 12:09 AM
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

That one bugs me Paul. I have a friend who cannot do two things at once. I will talk and he literally does not hear a word I'm saying. This is when we're walking down a street or having a drink. In a meeting? Put the phone away.

Aug 27, 2015 11:39 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Once a mortgage broker did that to me. He requested the meeting, I made time for him; he picked up his cell calls and stayed on almost the entire time. That was the last time I talked to him... if that answers your question.

Aug 27, 2015 12:55 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Others around me, constantly on facebook, especially playing the many videos too loud is rude. Without seeing the video, just hearing the noisy music is overwhelmingly annoying.

Aug 27, 2015 12:23 PM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

When someone has their phone on speaker when others are in the room.

Aug 27, 2015 12:21 PM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

The blasted ring tones . . . set on high, and every other thing has a certain sound.  The text has one tone, the ring from their brother has another, the beep that they got a new response on some TWEET . . . STOP MAKING NOISES when we're in a meeting!!  

Aug 27, 2015 11:38 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I have been in meetings like that too Paul, and yes it is very rude.

Aug 27, 2015 11:05 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Paul - Everything about cell/smart phone use is rude and annoying when you are supposed to be meeting and talking to someone face to face.

Aug 27, 2015 10:14 AM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

People that do the text to talk thing is waiting rooms or public places, I hate that.

Aug 27, 2015 08:50 AM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

I am especially annoyed when I am in person at a store or restaurant and the employee answers a phone and carries on a conversation.  Not just a "would you please hold", but they proceed to provide information while I stand there like I am not important.  If I had someone across the table who couldn't break away from the phone I would ask when a better time might be to actually discuss the topic at hand. Unless you have an ill family member phone belong on silent for the duration of a meeting.

Aug 27, 2015 06:53 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

I find 99% of it rude.  If you have a small sick child at home and the phone rings, excuse yourself and go outside to take the call.  Everything else..........the phone stays in the car.

Aug 27, 2015 06:43 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't mind the occasional, "Excuse me I really have to take this" disruption.  But if it keeps happening, I get annoyed.  I don't care whether it's voice, text or just checking the phone, it's rude.

Aug 27, 2015 04:24 AM
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

Not returning calls.  Taking calls on blu-tooth/speaker for everyone to hear conversation and not letting both parties know.

Aug 27, 2015 03:28 AM
Amanda at VA HLC & FedHomeLoan
VA Home Loan Centers - San Diego, CA
Social Media, Content & Client Relations

Taking a call during a meal/dinner or texting the whole time during a meal is rude. At the movies? Heck no! I will call your  butt out. I paid good money to enjoy the picture. Shut up and turn it off. 

Aug 27, 2015 02:26 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

The addiction to a smartphone can be very annoying to others. 

It is good that you were only investing in coffee.

Aug 27, 2015 02:07 AM