Lynnea Miller, Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon (Bend Premier Real Estate)

Spam prevention
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Lynnea -- when I have been on jury duty(I was never called to serve until I worked in real estate) there have been quite a few opportunities to respond to emails, phone calls and texts during breaks.  Change your voicemail and have a back up person for "emergencies" that can't wait...but really most things can wait.  

Apr 18, 2017 12:40 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Lynnea I find that unless I am in Escrow most of the emails can wait, my understanding is Jury duty gives you lunch break time to return calls and emails and usually they quit around 4pm so you are only 3 hr gaps at a time, Endre

Apr 17, 2017 11:51 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Delegate or make them wait.

Apr 17, 2017 11:24 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Lynnea Miller - make sure you have the voice message stating the same.

Apr 17, 2017 10:32 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I would find someone else to refer people to if needed, depending on the question, but also change your voice mail to let people know and apologize for not being immediately available. Life happens! Good luck!

Apr 17, 2017 10:28 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I change my vm telling people I'm unavailable and to call my husband (or someone else in the office), set an auto-reply on email explaining you are out and who to contact. People understand that jury duty is out of your control, as long as they can contact someone else, no problem.

P.S. I served on a jury about 10 years ago for a man accused of local bank robberies.  It was very interesting and entertaining (he represented himself and was just an outlandish liar it was crazy).  Since then I've actually welcomed my calls for jury duty, but I've never gotten on another jury.  

Good luck!


Apr 17, 2017 09:49 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

That's too long to be without pay so to speak. 

Apr 18, 2017 05:07 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I change my email to auto respond and update my voice  mail message.

Apr 18, 2017 04:38 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

At the end of the day, most anything can wait. In Charlotte unless you are actually sitting on a jury listening to testimony, we have rooms where you can work on your computer, cell phone, etc. So really, very little delay in responding if questions do come in. As for any active clients, once I know I have jury duty I send them out an email or text letting them know this and that I might be somewhat delayed in responding. Then again, where is it written that we need to respond to everything the minute a query comes in?

And if calls come in, change your voice mail to say you are doing your civic duty serving on a jury and giving information as to whom else to call or that you will return the call at end of day.

Apr 18, 2017 04:21 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

I was called to jury duty once.  I approached the bench made  statement and was excused.  Hmm, never been called again

Apr 18, 2017 04:05 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Find someone or some service that can cover for you. Let people know to text or email you only during that time.

Apr 18, 2017 03:51 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

The last time I had to go to Jury Duty, it just entailed watching a short video, hearing a short presentation, and then waiting for about 4 hours for someone to tell us if we were actually going to be needed on a trial. I still texted and answered emails!

If I was actually on a trial, I'd just have to answer during breaks, which I'm sure there would be quite a few!

Apr 18, 2017 03:02 AM
Sally Lawrence
Advantage Real Estate - Tehachapi, CA
Broker, CHS, e-Pro, SFR, REALTOR®

Timely means different things to different people.  To me, timely means in alignment with what my voicemail says I will be doing that day.  So if I had jury duty, I'd be saying that in my voicemail everyday and also letting folks know what times I will be calling back.


There are very few real estate "emergencies."  Most things really can wait for longer than most of us are typically willing to let happen.

Apr 18, 2017 12:49 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

It is not a big deal. Unless someone is on life support ... most matters can wait. It is not like you will be in lock-down for days ... like Michael Jacobs and Endre Barath, Jr. said ... you have breaks and have time to return calls.  If you are that concerned ... forward your calls to another agent. It will be fine. 

Apr 18, 2017 08:11 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


One of us would answer for the other.  And there are breaks during the day.  A

Apr 18, 2017 06:17 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Change your voice mail to say you're unavailable until mid afternoon.

Apr 18, 2017 03:25 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Endre Barath, Jr. nailed this one!

Apr 18, 2017 03:00 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Bummer, it never is a good time when they send that notice!  

Apr 20, 2017 10:12 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Put on yur voice mail that you are on jury duty but will call at breaks or have someone cover for you.



Apr 19, 2017 05:33 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I'd change my voicemail and have another agent to back you up w/ that phone # on your vm.  If you can accept/respond text, let them know in vm.

Apr 19, 2017 12:57 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Our courts allow cell phones if you are not on a jury in the jury waiting room... otherwise no contact

Apr 18, 2017 08:07 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Put a message on your phone that says you are serving on jury duty and to please leave a message and you will check messages at your first available break.

Apr 18, 2017 07:38 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I change my answering machine to explain when I may be around

Apr 18, 2017 06:07 PM
Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

Leave message on email and voice mail that advise people you are busy with civic jury duty and they can either leave a message and you will get back "x time" or advise them who to call, if emergency.  When they hear jury duty they will know you do not have access to phone. 

Apr 18, 2017 12:28 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Hopefully, one of your agents can accept forwarded calls from your phone. If not, an updated voicemail on your phone. Anyone who has a problem with that needs to have a reality check

Apr 18, 2017 09:47 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Serving on a jury?  Unless you're sequestered you'll have time to work.  Even then, you get monitored phone calls usually.  If you're just in the selection room twiddling your thumbs all day, you can still work.  In my county they have wifi and power outlets for you to work.

Apr 18, 2017 09:06 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I served on jury duty once....and have been called to serve three times.... enjoyed the one time I served....

after 70, you no longer need to serve.... another benefit of being 'old'....

Apr 18, 2017 08:30 AM
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Change the message, ask for texts and try to have an assistant handle inquiries.

Apr 18, 2017 08:11 AM
Esther Preston
Heartland Realty - Redmond, OR

Lots of great answers.

Apr 18, 2017 08:03 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

      I have served jury duty on both County Court and Federal Court. 

     Since any cell phones have to be left in the car or put in a locker, I gave my personal cell phone (which is my office phone) to my wife so that she could answer my calls.   (I took her phone with me).  During breaks and lunch I checked in with Wife to see who had called.

Apr 18, 2017 07:15 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Lynnea Miller Good suggestions here for changing your voice mail message.

Apr 18, 2017 06:23 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I have an answering service and a team to help out

Apr 18, 2017 06:21 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I either have someone cover me or adjust my message to let people know what's going on.

Apr 18, 2017 06:15 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Leave a message "duty calls, sorry for the inconvenience"!

Apr 18, 2017 05:51 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I have someone cover for me;  I change the outgoing message on my voice mail to indicate I am unavailable and if necessary, reach out to alt agent.  I put the same message on my out of office notification on my email. 

Apr 18, 2017 05:43 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I like to tell my clients where i will be and change my voice mail. I also begged teh judge to be let off but no go. Intead of the standard 3 weeks, he siad i had to serve on 1 jury, yet the guy who stould up and said he hated everyone acused of a crime got dismissed

Apr 18, 2017 05:42 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

When I was on Jury Duty I found that I was mostly on "down time" so I used my phone to send & receive email & text. 

Apr 18, 2017 05:13 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Plead the 5th ?

Apr 18, 2017 04:52 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Have your assistant or an associate cover for you.

Apr 18, 2017 04:31 AM
Toronto, ON

Presumably the judge or someone else in authority will tell you the implications if you do not answer questions asked during the jury process on a timely basis.

Apr 18, 2017 04:26 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

leave a message on phone you will be returning calls at certain times throughout the day

Apr 18, 2017 04:26 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Change your voicemail and set up an email reply advising all to anticipate a delayed reply. Tax day AND jury duty!   WOW!!  ;)

Apr 18, 2017 04:09 AM
Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Some very good answers here,. Great support.

Apr 18, 2017 03:09 AM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Update my vm to reflect availability

I appologize but as I am very late to this post I'll just say looks like you have enough answers to work from. 

Mar 27, 2018 08:22 PM