Bob Crane,  Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities)

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Jeanne Feenick
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Agreed!  I have a scenario playing out now where I hear that ping repeatedly 7-10 times three to four times a day from one client.  Recently, I have tried to push them to email--not only annoying, but I am blowing through my data plan.

Sep 13, 2015 10:07 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
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I have lenders that never pick up the phone and call me and just text. It bugs me and seems very lazy.

Sep 13, 2015 01:21 PM
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John Meussner
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People think it's faster and easier, but in reality, it takes 15 minutes of texting to complete the same thing a 2 minute phone call, could.

 

The exception is a quick note, reminder, or question that doesn't require a conversation.

 

I text, but do everything I can to do things over the phone or via email instead

Sep 14, 2015 09:28 AM
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Susan Emo
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Embrace technology and go with the flow.  Personally I love texting; cuts out the annoying chitchat and small talk that I have no patience for or interest in.  I cringe when my phone rings and wonder who could of texted me instead! 

Sep 14, 2015 12:51 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Makes me bloody crazy!

Sep 13, 2015 10:50 PM
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Adapt or perish.

This is a better problem than not communicating at all.

You should be doing the happy dance.

Sep 13, 2015 10:13 PM
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
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I don't mind texts.They're convenient and quick - exactly what I need most of the time. 

I still love a good gabfest  or a long letter or email from a friend though.

Sep 13, 2015 10:11 PM
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Richard Weeks
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It is not just you.  I prefer phone or email.

Sep 13, 2015 09:42 PM
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Robert Smith
Preview Properties, PC - http://www.RealEstateMich.com - Brighton, MI
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It's quite good for quick answers. Sometimes I text, "email with details just sent."

Not good for things needing more than a few words.

Sep 13, 2015 09:17 PM
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Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
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That drives me crazy too...you cannot ask good questions in a text.

Recently I wanted to show a stale listing, and called the agent who said he would CALL ME BACK.  He did not.  So I sent an e-mail and left another message...no response.

Then I get the feedback form... and let the agent know that I did not show it because I could not get him to call me back.

His response:  "thats because you did not text me...have a good day"

I was glad not to show it, not to sell it and not do business with someone so dense.

Eve

 

Sep 13, 2015 08:37 PM
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
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I am getting used to it and much faster too! Perfer the voice comm. just to make sure there is no misunderstandings.

Sep 13, 2015 07:55 PM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
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Bob - Texts are okay for short, quick responses, but not for stuff that you need to take care of. I would always prefer a phone call, or at the very least email.

Sep 13, 2015 04:23 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Bob,

I understand, and you are right, it takes so much more time doing that.  A

Sep 13, 2015 02:04 PM
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
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I do not mind an occasional text.  But business needs to be a little more formal.  I really like e-mail.  It documents things, but is also not too casual.

Sep 23, 2015 02:18 AM
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Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
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I don't text.. period!

Sep 14, 2015 02:33 AM
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William Feela
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I hate it...Just told a client today NO MORE!  Call me or I start looking for a new buyer!

Sep 14, 2015 12:25 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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Agree with you. Had one yesterday that wanted to place an offer on a home verbally and when I texted back that that is not how it is done...nothing.  Gotta love mysterty buyers.

Sep 13, 2015 11:26 PM
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Raymond E. Camp
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WElcome to the twent first century and just think what our parents said about "Rock n Roll"!

Sep 13, 2015 11:23 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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Yes it drives me insane when agents will only text as somethings need to be discussed in a thorough manner and texts can not always portray that. When the abbreviate and i dint know what they mean can put me over the edge

Sep 13, 2015 11:07 PM
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 Good Monday morning Bob. People are who they are and I have learned to communicate with them on whatever level they are.

Sep 13, 2015 06:02 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
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No, I'm ok with that. I noticed that more and more agents  these days prefer texts to a phone conversation or even email.

Sep 13, 2015 05:52 PM
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Mike Rock
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oh my Robert, are we showing our age? :)  for those matters that are too confusing or detailed , use a phone. for easy things// "hey Bob, i got that est in on 100 main st. its 400 over budget. i will look for ABC plumbing to beat it"  that way you dont have to answer the phone, mis hear a number. you just text back. got it mike

Sep 13, 2015 01:59 PM
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Bob Crane
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Sometimes it takes a whole day to accomplish what could have been a 30 second phone call.

 

Sep 13, 2015 01:31 PM
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Sara Wagner
The Woodland Companies - Adams, WI
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I am getting used to it.

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Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
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I agree Bob Crane...There is something called a telephone..

Sep 17, 2015 09:54 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I agree with you but thought you were too young to object to texting.

Sep 15, 2015 05:05 AM
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Amanda Christiansen
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This one made me LOL, Bob!  I have closed numerous deals where I never actually spoke with the other agent on the phone.  Everything was either text or emails.  

Sometimes it is best to just pick up the damn phone, I agree.  

These deals where we never talked on the phone were very smooth transactions.  If there were some problems, a phone call would definitely be made.  

Sep 15, 2015 04:29 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
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Texts are convenient, but you can't conduct business entirely with texting.

Sep 15, 2015 02:12 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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I'd answer your question, but I can't text it!  :)

 

If it is anything other than a short reply, I refuse to text it.  Too great a chance for a typo.  I'll text "let's talk" or "I'll email you the info."

Sep 14, 2015 04:49 PM
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Taffany Deppert
American West Realty - Cody, WY
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Bob, I love texts as a communication tool.  I can keep on doing what I am involved with and when I want an eye to eye conversation I will schedule one with them.  If they do not attend a meeting then I probably will drop them

Sep 14, 2015 03:00 PM
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Amelia Robinette
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My 20yr old daughter saved me from my texting angst. She changed the settings on my iPhone to handicapped/visually impaired, so I mind it much less now that I don't have to look for my reading glasses to read and reply.

I always ask the question of my clients "are you textually active?" which always gets a chuckle, and I crack myself up. 

I have a data driven rule (shocker right?) if my reply is more than three full sentences, then we need to talk. When I get a complex text question, I'll reply "too much to text, i'm going to call you at XXpm"

I like texting for simple answers, will not engage in a negotiation via text or talk about contract details via text - too many missed details. Everything else, we can be textually active together.

 

Sep 14, 2015 12:16 PM
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Carol Williams
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Not to make excuses for people, but I think one of the reasons is that people are using their phones ALL the time.   I send texts when I am waiting for an appointment in the Dr or Dentist office, when I don't want to disturb the other patients.  I send texts when I am riding in a car with someone, if I don't want them to hear what should be a private conversation. I send texts in the evenings when I'm not sure the person wants to be disturbed.  I think texting has become so convenient, it's a default mode.  That being said, nothing can replace a good conversation with back and forth dialogue.

Sep 14, 2015 01:25 AM
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Joan Cox
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Some (especially young folks) only respond via texting, and have gotten used to it. 

Sep 14, 2015 01:13 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
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Bob Crane It might be maddening, but you have to communicate in the clients preferred method. The iPhone with Siri will let you dictate the text, so it makes it a little easier than typing it out on the little keyboard.

Sep 14, 2015 12:33 AM
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John McCormack, CRS
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Text works great for me.  Just say what you have to say and move on.  Save them for any upcoming questions too. 

Sep 13, 2015 11:49 PM
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Praful Thakkar
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Bob Crane I guess, more and more people are leaning towards text. Hence, there is an MMS - record your message video and send them - serves the purpose! Most likely they will respond the same way.

Sep 13, 2015 11:31 PM