Paul S.  Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

That scenario sounds like you were dealing with a parttime agent with a weekday job. 

May 07, 2019 04:50 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Unless someone has let me know in advance that an offer is coming, my phone is turned off at 7:00pm. I don't do business after 7:00 pm unless I'm negotiating or unless someone has made an appointment in advance to speak with me. By the same token, I don't believe any one has ever kept me going much past 9pm on a negotiation.

May 07, 2019 03:58 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

The last call for me is 8 pm unless it is one of the kids or grandkids asking for money!

May 07, 2019 04:18 AM
Jay McHugh
SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert - Acton, MA
YOUR SendOutCard Mentor

8:00 pm...I tell my 500+ agents only mistakes and buyer/seller withdrawals happen after well as wine/beer may play a role to at least one party which is never a good thing...lastly Banks are not open to deposit escrow so let's stop this foolishness of working after 8:00 pm....and bring our industry back as Professionals and not Amateurs...and desperadoes.. 

May 07, 2019 03:59 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

When we allow others to 'jerk our chain' the outcome if rarely beneficial.

The 'justification' (they are catching a flight in 45 minutes) is all BS.

If it's worth doing is worth scheduling. Chain jerks are never scheduled.

May 07, 2019 05:13 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Typically my phone doesn't get answered after 9pm. I'm sound asleep at 10 unless something major is going on. 


May 07, 2019 02:47 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

My friends know the answer to this. If my phone isn't shut off at 7, just pretend it is cuz I'm not going to answer. Three exceptions.💖

As far as agents are concerned, I'm a commercial real estate office and my office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific time. For clients without boundary issues, I will take a call at 6:30 or 7 am. They know this. They also know that I will not take a call at 6:30 or 7 pm.

If an agent wants to call or text me late, they can but my phone will be silent.

And I will be happy to text them back at 5 a.m. so that when they wake up they will have the answer information that they seek. Hopefully they have their phone muted as well. 😈😇

May 07, 2019 07:28 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

On a Sunday it's around 6pm or so. M-F it's 7pm. It's the old, old days where agents want to 'hammer it out' into the wee hours of the evening. They can do it without me. 

May 07, 2019 05:39 AM
Doug Dawes
KW Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

9 p.m. unless I'm doing paperwork or there is an emergency

May 07, 2019 08:54 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

8pm ... nothing is so urgent that it needs to run into the middle of the night. There may be rare exceptions. 

May 07, 2019 08:31 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

7:00pm at night unless I am expecting a late call, otherwise it can wait until the next day. I give my all during set working hours and have a life outside of real estate. 

May 07, 2019 07:20 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

when I was actively working in real estate, I would shut it all down after 10:00pm.... and I would let the other agent know UP FRONT THAT if he/she wants a deal, make it happen before 10:00pm!!!

May 07, 2019 06:45 AM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®


7pm in the summer and 6pm in the winter, unless I am negotiating a contract, but no past 9pm.

May 07, 2019 05:35 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

When I was active I turned my phone off at 10:00 PM Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS .

May 07, 2019 05:28 AM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

I see an agent working a deal that late as a 'tell' of weakness on part of either the agent or their client and the best strategy is to let them sweat.

May 07, 2019 05:10 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Depends on what type business we're talking about... if I am negotiating  a deal I take/respond to pretty late calls & texts, 10, 10:30 no problem. If a client needs me & I'm awake they'll get a response. Most others requests can wait til the next morning. 

May 07, 2019 04:57 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

All business is not created equal.  There are elements of urgency involved and other things that can be left to a more suitable time.  Once again, it really depends.  

May 07, 2019 04:33 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

9 p.m. unless there are special circumstances.

May 07, 2019 04:28 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

I think up until 9:00 pm is reasonable but pushing it a bit... 

11:30???  HECK NO. 

May 07, 2019 04:27 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

I will not initiate a call after 9 pm unless someone asks in an urgent situation

May 07, 2019 03:26 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

9 pm is late enough for me, but it's rare for that to happen.

May 07, 2019 03:15 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

7PM and sometimes I'll extend it out to 8, but don't ask me to call you when I get up.  2-3AM most people are sleeping.

May 07, 2019 03:00 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

My phones is on sleeping time 10 pm to 9 am. I do have clients who can reach out late, but I asked everyone to text me first. I see texts on ipad/mac.

May 06, 2019 11:55 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

It depends on the situation, the people involved, the property and the time zone. 

May 06, 2019 10:44 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

If I'm negotiating, I'll go all night - there really are no time constraints. 

Lights-out for the phone is typically 9PM otherwise.

May 07, 2019 09:53 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

For contracts that do not specifically limit the time to 5:00PM as the end of the business day, unfortunately midnight is midnight. I limit responses to 5:00PM unless there are special circumstances.

May 07, 2019 04:57 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

All I know is if you're in the thick of it never, ever let 'em sleep on it. Agents included!

May 07, 2019 02:45 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Boom boom out go the lights for me is bt 10pm and up at 5am. But the business never has "lights out" because the blogs, videos for open house and community information never stop. We may doze but we never close Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS . Sorry you had to go through the late night wrestling. 

May 07, 2019 02:14 AM
Derrick Guevremont
Counselor Realty of Rochester - Rochester, MN
Rochester MN Homes for Sale

I’ll work all night if we need to get it done.

May 07, 2019 01:17 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It depends (as Michael Jacobs would say). I have been up as late as 1 am negotiating, and up at 5 am for oversees buyers. Lights out varies!

May 06, 2019 10:26 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Phones are on until the time my head hits the pillow

May 07, 2019 08:11 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

When in the business/deal mode, it is not over until it is and constant communications are vital. Agents are hired to get results therefore, holidays, sickness, excuses and delays are not allowed to the serious business person. I wonder how many clients/principals would love to hire "that" type of agent

May 07, 2019 07:16 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Most nights it is 9pm. However like last night, we negotiated to almost 11pm and were so close i did not want to stop. i wanted it to work. AND some patience and good communication worked and got it under contract. 

May 07, 2019 06:43 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

9:00 pm no work calls 10:00 pm the phone goes into airport mode. OFF!

May 07, 2019 08:14 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Did the deal work out?  or is it in limbo now?

May 07, 2019 12:53 PM
Eric Faber
Gem State Home Group - Coeur d'Alene, ID


May 07, 2019 06:33 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It usually ends aroung 6PM.  There are projects that may keep us up longer, but that is very rare.  A

May 07, 2019 11:32 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

depends on what client schedule is like.  I've had buyers/sellers that work nights and I of course will deal with them late into the evening. There are other clients I won't call until morning if it's after 2 pm  My hours are flexible, I put the clients schedule ahead of my own.  

May 07, 2019 11:10 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

My clients would have said "enough" by 8p at the latest.  As would have I.  I usually stop around 7/730.

May 07, 2019 10:04 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Never pick up phone after dinner/

May 07, 2019 07:04 AM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I think we all learn by trial and error what will work for us but we need to recognize what is infringing on personal and family time. If it feels uncomfortable, then it is too late.

Jun 05, 2019 02:20 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

9:30 PM for me.


May 08, 2019 02:37 PM
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

There would be nothing on Sunday night that could not wait until Monday morning. That makes no sense. To me, it would depend, but family obligations would normally dictate ending at 6:00 p.m.

May 08, 2019 12:26 PM
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

9 pm I do not answer my phone or text message if it is past 9 pm.  I am usually in bed by 9:30 every night as I am up with the chickens!

May 07, 2019 06:16 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Flexible. Not extreme. Mostly reasonable. 

May 07, 2019 04:11 PM