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.
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
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.