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Are All of Your Phone Numbers Registered on the Do Not Call List?

are all of your phone numbers registered on the do not call list

Do you know if all of your phone numbers are registered on the Do Not Call list? Bet you do not.

Talking on the phone is such an antiquated thing, though.

Yet, that doesn’t stop people from calling and leaving messages. Often, it’s spammers, advertisers and other types of people I don’t want to talk to. This is why I have my phone number registered at the Do Not Call List. I discovered something a few days ago that didn’t initially dawn on me. I run campaigns on Zillow. When I get calls from Zillow, for example, my phone notifies me the caller is from Zillow. That’s because Zillow uses tracking phone numbers.

I get a lot of calls from Zillow, especially, that are telemarketers. Makes me wonder if Zillow is selling their list of real estate agents who advertise or if callers comb Zillow for those phone numbers. The only way to stop some of those calls is to register the tracking phone numbers on the Do Not Call List. And then report the callers. So, if you have other phone numbers out there, make sure you register them on the Do Not Call List. You can register 3 numbers at a time. If your phone number is on the Do Not Call Registry for 31 days, you can file a complain.

Funny how we readily adapt to technology. With a bluetooth device stuck in my ear, I rarely look at my phone anymore when it rings. That’s because my bluetooth device tells me who is calling. However, if I am on the phone already when a call comes in, generally that phone call goes to my voice mail. The problem that I have — and I realize this is probably an isolated situation for most people — is I don’t always remember to check my voice mail. I’m so busy I often forget my phone even rang. There is nothing that nags me to check voice mail unless I actually touch my phone, turn it on and look at it.

Further, the problem with talking to my phone is it doesn’t always understand me. It types weird crap. If you’ve ever received a profane message from me, it’s because my phone did it, not me. Honest. You won’t believe some of the messages it types and to which I accidentally hit send. My assistant has to decipher what I really meant to say. I encourage her to speak the words out loud because that might give her a clue. My text messages go out in code. There or is actually therefore. Who says therefore? I guess I do.

Voice mail is no longer time efficient for me. To retrieve messages from voice mail means I have to first listen to the message. Some callers are pretty long winded. Then I have to write down the phone number, because not everybody calls from the phone number they ask I call, so I can’t just call the number that called me by pressing “call back.” If I’m driving, that’s a problem. Then, when I call the person, there is no answer half the time.

Call Elizabeth Weintraub, Broker, #00697006 with JaCi Wallace at RE/MAX #00773532 at 916.233.6759. We answer the phone.


Aren’t You Tired of the Hello Are Your Carpets Dirty Guy?

Funny Call Center Clerk Talking NonsenseDon’t you ever wonder how many do-overs the guy who recorded Hello Are Your Carpets Dirty had to do? Because you just know he had supervision, some manager, carpet store owner, who oversaw the production of that Robocall and squealed, “Can you just say it with a little more energy?” — until the guy was so far over the top he was completely irritating. “Yeah, yeah, that’s it, make them want to stab your eyes with an icepick.” The good news is new federal regulations are supposed to put a stop to this robo-calling business.

The FCC’s new Robocall rules say the consumer must give written consent to receive this crap. Further, the telemarketers can’t call a residential landline based on an “existing business relationship” — oh, thank goodness, just in time for the next election. And the icing on the cake is the telemarketers are supposed to give callers an “opt out” right at the beginning of the message, before the words Hello Are Your Carpets Dirty leave their lips.

See, I never get past that first sentence because I’ve already hit erase again on the answering machine. So far, they aren’t calling my cellphone, yet.

Even more interesting is how the new FCC rules affect real estate agents and mortgage brokers. Mortgage brokers, according to C.A.R., are not allowed to contact a borrower more than 18 months after the loan closed. Real estate agents can’t call sellers of expired or canceled listings if their numbers are listed on the Do Not Call Registry. Call me silly, but I highly suspect few of these individuals will comply, either due to cluelessness or outright refusal. This is Amaireeeeka.

Why, just yesterday I received a spam newsletter from a mortgage broker. I emailed to explain I do not know him, have not business with him, and I am trying to reduce the amount of unwanted emails I receive every day. It was, after all, my second request to him. There are days I receive anywhere from 300 to 500 daily emails as a Sacramento real estate agent. Unfortunately, in my haste to get rid of this guy, I had clicked “reply all”, and my kind request begging him to stop emailing me went out to all of his customers.  Question: what kind of person sends a bulk email exposing addresses? Answer: I guess the kind who spams real estate agents.

When I complained, he wrote back to argue that he had represented a buyer who bought one of my sellers’ listings last year, so he figured we had “worked together.” He was hurt I didn’t remember him. Why would I? My records show I closed more than 100 homes last year. Moreover, to a Sacramento listing agent, a mortgage broker is a third-party vendor hired by a person the agent does not represent. There is no working relationship. I work with the buyer’s agent, not by extension the buyer’s mortgage lender.

For more information, please see the FCC Do Not Call List website. And let’s tell the Hello Are Your Carpets Dirty guy to stuff a sock in it.

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