If you are new to real estate investing, one of the first things you will need is a telephone number for homeowners to call you. You don’t need a website or a corporate entity. I think too many get stuck trying to figure out how to setup a website or trying to figure out what corporate entity to form. Start making money and worry about those stuff later!
So why do you need a telephone number, so that sellers can start calling you from your marketing (i.e. bandit signs, direct marketing, business cards, etc.).
I am going to show you a very affordable way to get a number for your real estate business. It’s Google Voice and it’s FREE. There are so many benefits of using a Google Voice number. The one major con is that if you are doing different marketing campaigns, you will probably need to get different numbers which means two different gmail accounts.
Here are some benefits of using a GoogleVoice:
– You can get a number to the area that you are investing in
– Ring Schedule (You can specify when calls go to voicemail)
– Good way to store and manage calls and voice messages
– Voice messages can come to you in text transcription (while not accurate but helpful)
– Ability to forward calls to multiple numbers
– Can send text message
Here is complete step by step process on getting and setting up a Google Voice number.
A googlevoice number is associated with a gmail account. I would setup a gmail account for a specific campaign that you plan to use to associate with a specific Google Voice number. I recommend that you setup a new gmail account rather than using your personal gmail account. Now let’s get started.
Go to www.gmail.com and “Create account”. Once you have created your account and are logged into your gmail account, open another tab on your browser (see image below) to open a blank browser and type www.google.com/voice.
Once you have been verified, you can pick a number by area, zip code or city. I would use an area code of your investing area.
Once you pick out a number, you will land on your dashboard. Now you must make some adjustments to your settings to make it work for your real estate business. To change your settings, click on the icon show below and click on settings.
If you call your new number, you will get a prompt / call screening “hello please state your name after the tone and Google Voice will try to connect you”. It’s best to remove this call screening, you can do that by going to settings
and then click on “Calls” and under “Call Screening”, Turn it “Off”.
A great way to know that you are receiving a call from a marketing lead, change Call ID (incoming) to “Display my Google Voice number” so that when you get a call the Google Voice number will appear on your phone. Save your Google Voice number as a contact so that you can distinguish the call as a marketing lead.
If you happen to miss a call, an email will be sent to you immediately. Check off “Send missed calls to my email”.
Voicemail & Text
Make sure to record a new voicemail greeting so that you remove any mention of Google Voice in your greeting. Go to “Voicemail & Text” and Click “Record New Greeting”.
Make sure the Voicemail Notification and Text Forwarding are enabled.
This is optional but I strongly recommend it for your sanity unless you don’t mind getting calls in the middle of the night.
- Under Phones, click “Edit”.
- Click “Show advanced settings”.
- Under “Ring Schedule” Click “Use custom schedule” and set your preference for your phone “not to ring”.
Click “Save” once done.
Now you are ready to use your new Google Voice number in your real estate business.