Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc.  - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)

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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

NO. I let sellers and in-process buyers/prospects know that I am out of pocket but still reachable if need be--and Carmen can handle showings in my absence and v/v. We are stingy with time for unvetted buyers, so whether we are in town or not, we will not 'drop everything' to go out same day anyway. Our sellers WANT us to show only to qualified, serious buyers.
I have ONLY ONCE in 18 years been so out of pocket I could not respond to VMs . . . it was in 2006 in Mexico and divine. LOL
We did lose a buyer who 'couldn't wait' till we got back (Carmen was with me) and that buyer turned out to be a nightmare for the agent he went with. Divine providence. (Of course we found out!)
Now it's easier to deal from there . . .

Nov 30, 2018 07:38 AM
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Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   I have people to cover for me if I go out of town.  I agree with Bob "RealMan" Timm - I don't want to alert any bad guys or ne'er-do-wells that I am out of town.

Nov 30, 2018 07:50 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

When I am not available for any reason, and would never publicize I am out of town or on vacation, my business is monitored and managed in a professional manner and clients needs are taken care of. 

Nov 30, 2018 07:45 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

"Taking care of business" doesn't mean telling/informing any/all who call.

Nov 30, 2018 08:07 AM
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Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida Real Estate
JOYCE MARSH REAL ESTATE LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Area Coastal Homes and Lifestyles

My clients needs are always taken care of. 

Nov 30, 2018 07:58 AM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

I don't like to alarm anyone or have someone think they would be imposing by leaving a message so I don't leave a vacation greeting in my VM.

I schedule buyer appointments to start back up the day after I get back.

I work remotely so typically not a problem for sellers.

Nov 30, 2018 07:47 AM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Tivoli Custom Homes - Minot, ND
Bob Timm, Project Coordinator for Tivoli Homes

I do not Joan Cox . I don't want to signal to anyone that I may be out of town.

Nov 30, 2018 07:39 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Not a chance!  Learned long ago that was one method people used to find accounts to target for hacking.

Nov 30, 2018 11:09 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

No alerts to anyone that I am out of town. Do have coverage!

Nov 30, 2018 08:17 AM
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Maria Sapio
Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Not usually.  If a someone calls with an immediate need, I can always make other arrangements with another agent if absolutely necessary.

Nov 30, 2018 07:44 AM
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Susie Kay
Ultima Real Estate - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I've done that in the past, Joan Cox , because I had to travel overseas.  I don't know how good that will do because I still get a text and voicemail message 

I don't do that anymore especially on a short vacation, I check my voicemail, email, text, even when I'm off.  If a buyer wanting to view a home I send them to the lender first.  I've had times that 2 weeks later, the buyer had not even contacted the lender.  

Nov 30, 2018 10:48 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

as long as there's service available, the phones stay on.... or someone else takes the calls.... the voicemail leaves the new message with agent's name...it's the team number so all they need is the name....

Nov 30, 2018 10:25 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Even when out of town I still keep up with important emails.

Nov 30, 2018 10:01 AM
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Corinne Guest
Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Home Buyer Advocate

I work while away and have full connectivity. I have already informed all my current and potential buyers and sellers of my absences. I have never had a problem. I have negotiated contracts in the middle of the day here but night where I was.

Nov 30, 2018 09:41 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The cell-phone has answered & addressed all communication issues once and for all for me. Just having a contact for people is so assuring to the public

Nov 30, 2018 07:38 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

No need, I take my phone with me.

Nov 30, 2018 01:59 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

No, I personally dislike it, so I don't do to others what I dislike.  Same on VM.  We have a real person answering our phone, and he/she can route them to us anywhere in the world.  A

Nov 30, 2018 01:28 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

YES and Yes

If gone for more than one week, I have someone on my team cover me too.

Nov 30, 2018 08:42 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

We do not change our voice mail response when traveling. They can leave a message. We do not like to publicly discuss our travels until we return home.

Many arrangements for an associate to handle appointments while you are gone.

Nov 30, 2018 08:24 AM
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Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Since most of my clients are foreign buyers I'm always traveling abroad and NEVER turn on auto reply.

This is the life I chose and even on a 14hr intercontinental flight, I make sure to check my email several times...;)

Nov 30, 2018 08:19 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

no

Nov 30, 2018 07:43 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

When I leave town, I remain accessible. It's easy with all our smart devices, almost to a fault... Just today on an airport shuttle bus to the car rental center, a woman sitting next to me was negotiating a morgage deal.

Nov 30, 2018 06:27 PM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

Well, vaction is vacation. 

Somebody in your office may help you.

Nov 30, 2018 06:24 PM
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Valeria Mola
SIB REALTY - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty

No, Joan. 

Phone is working everywhere. Can check my e-mail too. 

We work by showing request from our MLS only.

Nov 30, 2018 05:52 PM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I will if I will not be in contact.

Nov 30, 2018 08:03 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

No, I have someone who monitors my emails, phone calls and will show buyers homes if necessary, answer questions, etc. I check in daily but, rarely do they have anything left undone that needs me to step in.

We've been working together for a very long time so, all of my clients know my assistants well and know that they are in good hands in my absence.

Nov 30, 2018 07:28 PM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Nope, nothing changes. I monitor my emails and calls closely and respond individually as needed.

Nov 30, 2018 02:23 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

No - phone and email work out of town too!

Dec 01, 2018 07:49 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I have a backup realtor on my team. Often I will not leave a VM fear my home will be house hacked.

Dec 01, 2018 06:49 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I do change my vouce mail but even away, i will answer email. 

Dec 01, 2018 05:12 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

For longer periods yes.

Nov 30, 2018 08:31 PM
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We had a local real estate attorney that said we should always do this, as a buyer or seller could claim abandonment.

Dec 04, 2018 06:34 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I don't leave nothing that will let anyone know that my home is vacant for any amount of time

Dec 02, 2018 06:47 PM