Fred Griffin: "What We've Got Here Is... Failure to Communicate!"

"What We've Got Here Is... Failure to Communicate!"

"What we've got here is Failure to Communicate!  Some men you just can't reach!"  The immortal line spoken by the prison captain in "Cool Hand Luke" applies to many Real Estate Agents!




How do you feel when someone fails to return your telephone calls? 

What about you - do you answer your telephone when it rings?

Is your phone number easy to find?


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Failure to Communicate!


How long since you've heard from the Short Sale Facilitator

Is that Other Agent returning your Calls, after all those messages that you left?


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     What about YOU?   Can you be reached?

     Are you using an Email Signature that includes your Telephone Number? 

     How about Signs and Sign Riders?  Is the Number the Same on both the Rider and the Sign?

   Your Website, Blog and Social Media Pages... is your Telephone Number prominently displayed?


     If they can't Reach you, they won't do Business with you!


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     "What we've got here is Failure to Communicate!  Some men you just can't reach!"


     Is the Captain talking about YOU?  

     Display your Telephone Numbers prominently.  Answer your Calls, reply to Voice Messages!



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Disclaimer:  Nothing in the above blog article is to be construed as legal advice, tax advice, or financial advice.  For legal advice see an attorney.   For tax advice or financial advice see a tax attorney, certified public accountant, or other qualified professional.


Comment balloon 25 commentsFred Griffin • December 26 2012 05:45PM


I used this same line today! The buyer's agent for one of my short sales has been AWOL for over a week. Too bad for her clients, the bank is ready to ditch them and go with another offer!

Posted by Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent (Bayou Properties) almost 6 years ago

Fred  How true.  I've got a big ego and I like to ask clients how they found me.  My current client responded "You answered the phone"!  They are looking at the $300,000 price range and ready to buy.  Regretfully, that is a common problem in my neck of the woods.  Thanks for bringing this one to our attention.

Posted by John G. Johnston, An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO (John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC) almost 6 years ago

I find too many agents seem to go awol.. I try to let folks know how to reach me and when I will be available.  If I'm at an inspection or out on showings, I let clients know when I will be available.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 6 years ago

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Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... ( almost 6 years ago

Doug - that Agent loses a sale for his Buyers, and a commission for herself.  Makes no sense!


John -  It's sad that an Agent would lose a potential $300K Client, because they don't answer the phone!


Agreed, Joan - let people know where you are; or at least return the call promptly!


Thank you, Marti !







Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Hi Fred, you are right on, communication plays an important part of human life.. business, family, friends etc.

Posted by Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale (Kwee Huset Realty) almost 6 years ago

Fred, Perhaps one of my all time favorite movie lines.  And it applies to Corporate America just as well as real estate :)  Bill

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 almost 6 years ago

I so agree with this post. If you do not reach the person, a message is just not enough. YOu have to talk to them to make sure that you have communicated. Take the extra steps to ensure that you have done that.

Posted by Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County! (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage) almost 6 years ago

Fred, when I started a local blog back in the summer months last year I had it up a week before I realized I didn't have my phone number on it.  Oops!  Have a great New Year.

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) almost 6 years ago

One of my pet ppeeves is when you get to an agent website and there is no direct phone or e-mail


Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) almost 6 years ago

So true!!! When I have to leave a voice mail, then I send a email, if no response to the email, I send a fax.... as a mortgage loan originator, we have a correspondant tab in our LOS so I document every attempt... if all else fails, then its on them...

Happy New Year!!!


Posted by Cara Lam, Cara Lam, Gladewater National Bank (Gladewater National Bank, NMLS#1009328) almost 6 years ago

For those of us on AR, we're all probably in the 1% of practicing real estate competently.  It's the remaining 99% of agents that need to read this!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) almost 6 years ago

Fred, little late - but it finally arrived on Daily Drop - congrats.

And so true for many of us, we act like a secret agent....( and I am not an exception for some of them...)

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 6 years ago

great point!!! many people spend a lot of time and money to make the phone ring and then they do not reply in a resonable manner

Posted by Paddy Deighan JD PhD, Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D ( almost 6 years ago

Fred:  I have another professional I'm trying to reach, but never can connect in a live call.  Just leaving messages is getting old.  Yet ironically, this very professional complains about others never returning their calls.  Hmmmm ... Very frustrating when this happens continually ...


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) almost 6 years ago
Returning phone calls is so old-fashioned yet so refreshing.
Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) almost 6 years ago

Oh yes...and apparently our voicemail filled up during the vacation.  Lots of follow up phone calls to make today.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 6 years ago

It is such a simple thing. More importantly, it is such a basic part of this business.

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 6 years ago

Fred, contact information and returning phone calls is key in this business. Thanks for the reminder.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 6 years ago

My phone number is on everything I send out (including my email signature) so it's easy for someone to find me.  I also have contact information on my blog and website.  If someone needs to find me, they can.

Posted by Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker (Intero Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

That is one of my biggest frustrations. .agents that have no email signatures. .

Your phone number should be everywhere. . even here on your Blog Header!

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) almost 6 years ago

Kwee!  Happy New Year to you!   Please see my blog about my Buick, there are a couple of nice "Venice" pictures that I took in 2010.


Bill - True!


Ginger - thanks for the Reblog!


Mike - Groan!  I cringe when I make a mistake like that.


Erica - Agreed!  "Contact Me" including phone number should be easy to find on a Website.  It should not be hidden and hard to find.


Cara - Documentation is everything.  Happy New Year to you!


Hi, Carla  I am preaching to the Choir, LOL! 


Praful - "Secret Agent" was a great TV Show from the Sixties.  It is NOT the way to practice Real Estate!


Paddy - my sentiments exactly! 


Gene - IMHO such behavior is unprofessional, perhaps even a character flaw.


Michelle  Old Fashioned indeed - 1876 to be precise!   Salute to Alexander Graham Bell.


Debbie - thank Goodness for Voice Mail!   It gives us a second chance to take that call.


Gary - Business 101!  Regrettably, a lot of people flunked this class.


Michael    It is so fundamental - why don't some people get this?


Bryan - you are on it!


Fernando - Agreed! 


Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

In all walks of life, communication is vital and essential. Without it, things will never get right. It should be exercised correctly especially in business. Otherwise, you would end up regretting for missing the chance to communicate a potential client. 

Posted by Ridhi Raheja, FHA, 203k, VA, Jumbo, PreApproval, Jumbo Home Loan (Movement Mortgage (Illinois)) almost 6 years ago

Hello Fred,

Cute (true) post!  From the title, I first thought you were going to be discussing Washington politics!


Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) almost 6 years ago

Fred  Thanks for updating your blog.  I have to check everything again!  Enjoy your day

Posted by John G. Johnston, An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO (John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC) almost 5 years ago