Hawaii Randy's Real Estate Opinions: If I Had a $Million Laying Around

If I Had a $Million Laying Around

There once was a president's mother who said if she had a $Million she would hire a hit man.  I am sure most of you are too young or maybe not even born yet.  The idea has a certain appeal in some cases.Hitman

If I had a $million I would love to hire an electronic hit man to target all of these spammers who keep filling my e-mail box.  Doesn't the thought of targeting telemarketers who refuse to take no for an answer sound like fun?

It would be so cool to be able to pay someone to cause the spammers more trouble than they are causing us.  The last several e-mail messages that had viruses attached were all spam.  Thank goodness for good computer security.  I currently receive about 200 spam e-mails a day and have a few days where it exceeded 1000 in the last year. Granted I have several e-mail accounts and get repeats of the same messages.

My cell phone is now the target for telemarketers.  Having it on the "Do Not Call" list does not seem to make any difference.  I am getting several a day.  The sickest part is that most of the calls from the same 6 or 8 companies.  No matter how many times I say no will just keep calling. Do they feel if they annoy me to death, I will get a change of heart and want to do business with them?  Do they think by calling me at 4:00am I will recognize them as people who know my business (maybe not my time zone) and be drawn to them?  For some reason they must believe that to be the case, because they keep calling me at that time. 

If you had an extra $Million laying wouldn't you love to hire folks to track down those pesky  telemarketers and call their homes and cell phones all hours of the night and day.  If they were to get annoyed, wouldn't that mean they needed more calls?  Maybe another 50 calls to them at 4:00am would help them realize who much they really respected our persistence and needed our service.

Of course we know these folks do not feel what they are doing is good or right.  Why else would they block their phone number in most cases?   Why else would the e-mails have non-returnable e-mail addresses and no phone number or address?

I almost forgot there is one more group I left off the list.

Let me start by saying, I as a professional Realtor® I have access to the MLS System and I know my inventory.  I do not need 25 to 50 e-mails a day telling me what listings are on the MLS.  It is faster to check the MLS than read your messages.  I especially do not appreciate the ones with 5-10MB attachments on them.  Why do you think choking out my e-mail box will make me want to sell your listing?  I am also not interested in all the new listings in other states as they come on the market.  Last month my computer security stopped two spam messages from other REALTORS® that had viruses attached to them.  I sent one an e-mail telling her to please stop sending me her listings from another state and let her know she had a virus on her computer.  I have received three more messages since.  Fortunately she cleaned the virus off.

To be fair there are a handful of top agents in my area who share information with me.  We let each other know when a new listing is coming up that we think the other agents may have a buyer for.  That is different than sending me all of your listings every few days.  Please, I saw that house in Ewa Gentry 6 months ago.  It was over priced then and it's still over priced.

OK enough venting for today.  If you have an extra $Million laying around and nothing planned for it, you might consider hiring an electronic or telemarketer hit man.



Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®

Broker-in-Charge, ABR, AHWD, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, SFR

eXp Realty

Team Leader - "The Prothero Group"

Randy Prothero is well established as an expert in working with military / VA clients and first time home buyers.  His home seller's (listing) campaign is one of the most aggressive marketing programs in the area.  His luxury home listings sell faster and for more money.

Based out of Mililani, Hawaii. Randy services the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) Performs mediations and ombudsman services for the Board of Realtors.  To improve overall professionalism in his area Randy also offers classes for real estate agents. 

www.HawaiiRandy.comOahu (Honolulu County) Property Search  Hawaii Military Relocations

Comment balloon 24 commentsRandy Prothero • August 11 2008 01:39PM


I hear what you are saying...both on spammers and MLS update emails.  I practice peace though...much better place to be.

Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) over 10 years ago

My brother has a great attitude about telemarketers. IF they ask him if it's a good time to talk, he'll honestly say no and end the conversation, but if they don't ask, he'll let them talk on and on and keep offering him stuff, which he will keep refusing. Some of them ask why he let them talk so long if he wasn't interested and he responds, "You didn't respect my time to ask if I had a moment to talk, so I don't need to respect your time. All the time you just wasted talking to me saved some other person the hassle of talking to you." Harsh, but effective! You just need patience, that's the key.

Posted by Carey Pott (January Financial) over 10 years ago

I don't mind getting information about a listing in my area once.  I like to know that some agents care enough about promoting their properties to send it to other LOCAL agents.  However, after the first time it is annoying.  If I didn't show it, it wasn't because I forgot.  I haven't received any from out of state, but that would really be a nuisance. 

Posted by Erik Hitzelberger, Louisville - Middletown Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes) over 10 years ago

Randy, I agree with you last point about realtors that feel the need to send me their listing wholeheartedly.  What a waste of my time.  Mike

Posted by Mike Miller (EXIT REALTY SERVICES) over 10 years ago

Telemarketers don't really bother me.  They call on my 800# but I don't let them engage me so the average is about $0.14.

Spammers OTOH, cost me two XMLogic filter programs, routine dumping what gets through, general irritation. 

Spammers deserve nothing less than eviseration in the town square. 


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Chuck - The MLS updates, especially from other markets are extremely annoying.

January Financial - One guy when he asked, if you are not interested why are you still on the phone?  I said you are right and hung up.

Erik - I am getting pounded from Florida, Nevada and Arizona.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Mike - It annoys me to the point, I want to avoid them.

Lenn - It may not be much, but you are still paying for there calls.  I would like to see some law changes for the "Do Not Call" list.  Like no blocked numbers.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Randy, feel better? I just delete, sometimes ask to be removed when I get the promotional materials from them. I use to do it years ago, but if I was getting annoyed felt like they were. I do send out my vflyers to my own office.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 10 years ago

Randy the spam e-mails do get annoying.  I was thinking of going on to one of those sites that you sign up for information on there product and then the next thing you know you have countless e-mails everyday from others affiliated with that site.  Only in stead of using my e-mail address I was thinking of using theirs, and see how they like it.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 10 years ago

The people who spam with real estate related services are um certainly persistent to put it politely.

Posted by Pete Jalbert, R(S) (The Maui Real Estate Team, Inc. ) over 10 years ago


I feel your pain.

I listen to some telemarketers, because some of them are so thorough in their pitch.  I swear that some of them must have a clock, and figure if they can keep you on the line for XX minutes, that you are buying.  And then there is the old, "Anyone who says 'No,' is just someone who hasn't said 'Yes' yet," mentality.

And if I don't have time?  They don't get to steal time...


Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) over 10 years ago

Randy - our local MLS is so small that the emails don't bother me.  But the soliciting cell phone calls do...

...NO, I don't want to sell travel packages, that is who is calling me lately, I just say, " I hate travel, thank you, I am out of minutes!"

If they are rude, I tell them to call me at home - we lost that phone a couple of years ago.

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 10 years ago

That is a job that I could never do. I answered an add once in college. Of course it mentioned NOTHING about telemarketing. I actually went in for the interview as it had been described as "customer service", spoke with the interviewer and then he wanted me to sit with someone to see what they did. As soon as I realized it was telemarketing, I high-tailed it out of there and never looked back!

I usually let them tell me why they are calling and, when I can get a word in, will tell them that I am not interested. Sometimes I will allow them to go on if I am multi-tasking and it isn't interrupting. I don't think I have ever said yes to a telemarketer but people must or they wouldn't still be calling!

Posted by Libby Cousins, Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA (Extraordinary Processing) over 10 years ago


That's the price you pay by being exposed on the net. I get a mix of calls and emails all day and night...they never give up...I just scream at them until they can't stand my voice. When you talk to them just talk really laud ...they get pissed and hang up...they don't bother to call back because they know I'm torching them. remember you asked for it from the pastor...you kept answering the calls.

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Randy, I feel all better ready this post....got a lot of stuff off my chest for me! I would do very similar stuff and I'd take a vacation to Hawaii!

Posted by Jeanean Gendron, Specializing in Selling Unique Properties (The Address Realty) over 10 years ago

Missy - I also send to my office and to a few top agents in my area, which have a working relationship with me.  I do not send them often.

George - I use an e-mail address I make up from my domain name.  If I no longer want stuff from them I add it to my spam filter.

Pete - They have no quit in them.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Mike - They definitely have a system.  I bet you are right, they must have a clock.

Virginia - Our MLS has 6000 agents and I get them from other states and counties too.  I am finding that I am not as nice as I used to be to the rude ones.

Libby - I never buy anything from a telemarketer.  I tell them that.  At best I tell them to send me more information.  That usually shuts them down.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Neal - It sounds like the loud voice is pretty good.  I was thinking of trying to sell them something.  LOL

Jeanean - A vacation to Hawaii can be dangerous.  That is how I wound up moving here.  :)

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Randy... I do agree with your statements.  Missy makes a vaild point... but I am like you... just leave me the f'in alone... why bother me and make my life miserable.  Between the spamming and yes, the telemarketers even on the cell phones.... damn technology sometimes... lol  But I can't live without it.

Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) over 10 years ago

I ask the telemarketers for their phone # and tell them I'll call them back after dinner - They usually hang up before they give me their phone #.



Posted by Steve Laird, Steve Sells Chico Real Estate (Anderson Real Estate Sales) over 10 years ago

Jeff - The volume of it is getting to be a huge problem.

Steve - That is a good one.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

I'm like Missy, I just delete away.  One thing shocked me yesterday though, I got a porn pop-up on Skype....now how do they get our Skype names?  Are we going to start getting spam on Skype as well?

Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) over 10 years ago

3:22 am and i could sleep - so I decided to read the week in review....and there you were - absolutely cracked my gut - cause you took the words right out of my mouth - amen!  :-))) 

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 10 years ago

Diane - The spammers are definitely determined.  I hope the powers to be get just as determined to shut them down.

Liz - It is 3:00 am here. You are not the only AR addict.  LOL

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

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