Re: telephone line - Posted by Jim FL
Posted by Jim FL on July 17, 2001 at 18:24:34:
I’ve used several different methods for taking my calls.
Cell phone, second phone line at the house/office, and a voicemail only 800 number.
All seemed to work fine.
However, after hearing repeatedly that actually talking to people works better for them, I decided to try something new.
I also wanted to have something a little different to offer people who may call me, versus what the tons of other bandit signs and advertisements in my area have.
I know that if a seller wants to call me, I should make it easier for them. I now have a “Toll free” 800 number installed at my office. I’ll use this in all of my marketing. The 800 number line also has a local line attached to it, which gives me some extra features.
One of which is call forwarding.
I can then simply hit some buttons on the phone and have the calls directed to my cell phone while I am away.
Of course there will be voicemail at the office, as well as on my cell phone, just in case I cannot take a call.
And for those occassions when someone calls me and the call forwarding is not activated, the outgoing message will ask for some basic info.
My message is simple, and not designed to gather too much, or screen the callers.
I say something like; "We buy homes in any area, price range or condition, if you are calling because you’d like to know if we will buy your home, leave your name, number, a convenient time to call you back, and the property address you are thinking of selling after the tone. We will return your call within 24 hours."
It seems to work well, and has in the past.