Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services)

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Bob,

Kathy Streib recently wrote a post about her very positive experience with Ring.  You may want to give her a call.  We know nothing about it, except that Amazon bought it, and we have had great service with Amazon.  A

Jan 27, 2020 12:56 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I have had my RING in service for nearly 6 months. The install was so easy I don't recall anything about it.
It has operated FLAWLESSLY. My only complaint is it is WAY TOO CHATTY.

Not only does RING generate a message when there is activity in front of the device it assumes I want to be notified of police and emergency events.

But that is not the bad part. The RING NETWORK of nearby users reveals how incredibly lame neighbors are. "Watch-out everybody, my RING recorded a coyote last night!" Give me a break.  The message should say, "Is your cat on the menu for these neighbors?"

Then there is the traumatized neighbor Yelling on RINGnetwork, "DO YOU KNOW WHO THESE PEOPLE ARE ON MY DRIVEWAY?"  They are wearing the blue/green uniforms of utility workers complete with hard hat, a left Brest monogram reading DUKE Energy and a great big ID Tag stating MY Name IS HENRY.

Oh God how the go on about calling 911 when those 80 year old JWs come by.

The tool is good, but the people have perverted the intent.

Sasquatch, when dirty and grimy in the garage believes RING to be the best way to inform me of his parched condition.

 

Jan 27, 2020 01:11 PM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Only from the outside.

Jan 27, 2020 12:30 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

I don't have one.... I don't usually lock my doors.... 

Jan 27, 2020 02:34 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I have one and a guy came out to hook it up from the company I got it from,  Love it.

 

Jan 27, 2020 01:17 PM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Nope... I stick with the good old-fashioned doorbell.

Jan 27, 2020 12:29 PM
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

No sir, and I am wary about using them. I was told they can be hacked

Jan 28, 2020 05:02 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Bob! I have one and love it! I had my contractor install it and he did have to come back with another part to install it properly but, got it done. 

We love it and absolutely do not pay any additional fees to use it. 

I guess the only complaint we have is that when it's used a lot, the battery runs down pretty quickly!

Jan 27, 2020 09:26 PM
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Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

We received one as a Christmas gift a few years ago and had trouble setting it up. I called ring and they sent us out a new one. You don't have to pay the additional monthly fee if you don't want to save the video past a certain point. 

Jan 27, 2020 06:31 PM
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Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & OC Laguna Nigel

Yes, I show up to a house with a Ring Doorbell and look into the camera and smile.

Jan 27, 2020 05:53 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

This is the best use of the Internet when one person cries out to another for help, guidance, feedback and input so they may fair-better & do well

Jan 27, 2020 05:47 PM
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Dario Ferreira
Attleboro, MA
Internet Marketing

I have two.
Had no issues setting them up.
The fee was expected - not bad for $30/year
I have the battery models, and they last quite a long time before charges.

The only issue I had was with the one facing the street, it was triggering at everything.
Moved it so it faces the driveway and not street directly, adjusted the motion zones to low, and it's okay now.

Jan 27, 2020 04:16 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Sorry to hear of all the issues, thanks for the warning.

Jan 27, 2020 04:04 PM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I would expect that it would have a monthly 'recording' service & need to be hooked up to the internet. I do not have one. My dog used to tell me when someone was around.

Jan 27, 2020 03:26 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Nope.

Jan 27, 2020 03:13 PM
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Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA

no, but zmodo and there is no additional fee.  There is if I want stuff to go to the cloud, but I don't need that.  It sends alert to phone and I can save it to my phone if needed for no monthly fee.

Jan 27, 2020 02:17 PM
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Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

I know what you are talking about.  I was told that you can't jump ahead and take everything apart.  You add one by one and have to record the number, etc.  If you go out of line you get a major headache.  I had my nephew do it because I was ready to throw it off the roof!  Not really impressed overall.  More upkeep and worry about outlet placement close to monitor, etc...  I like the view it gives me, but more of a bother than I thought it would be.  

 

Jan 27, 2020 01:27 PM
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Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 702-574-8102

Shout out to Kathy Streib's post

Here's the link to the post that Ron and Alexandra mentioned.

Jan 27, 2020 01:21 PM
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

I've never owned, nor installed one.  I have "rung" one... does that count?

Jan 27, 2020 01:04 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

We have the "nest", which is similar to Ring and love it. We can see our front door, driveway/garage and backyard (the latter two are just cameras, no doorbells) from anywhere, right on our iPhones and even converse with whomever is there, if we want.

Jan 27, 2020 01:03 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Nope and my wife will never let me have one!

Jan 28, 2020 04:36 AM
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Jackie Hebdon
Smithfield, UT
Taking an online Real Estate class.

no

Jan 30, 2020 11:19 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I do have one.  It works well enough and was easy to setup.  I did the hardwired install and it tied in with my existing doorbell speaker perfectly.

 

I'm seeing some issues about their app being less than privacy friendly, so that's a concern for me now.  But it does have it's benefits.  Came in handy for my landscapers to reach me while I was out at the store the other day.

Jan 30, 2020 08:54 AM
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Robert Torino
Torino Eagles Real Estate - Pleasanton, CA
I help people find their perfect home.

Yes excellent for security in my opinion. If you get a call to your door you can communicate through your smartphone, no matter where you are in as long as you have a wifi connection.

Jan 29, 2020 01:22 AM
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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

I chose to install Blink cameras. They can be mounted out of reach (bad guys will steal your Ring doorbell). Battery powered. Two way audio and no charge for cloud storage. I have been very happy with Blink.

Jan 28, 2020 09:12 AM
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Anna Banana Kruchten Broker, CRB, CRS
HomeSmart International - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Yes we have one and it was easy to install and works great. We used to have a flag in site of the doorbell but it kept setting it off so we moved the flag.  Issue solved.

Jan 28, 2020 08:35 AM
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

We have a security system that includes video at our front door. It allows us to see who approaches and probably has saved the UPS guy's life a few times...just sayin'!

Jan 28, 2020 07:57 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I do not have one.  I don't even have a doorbell or door knocker.  That should be telling to those door knocking real estate agents, Bob "RealMan" Timm (LOL)

I am sorry the installation was such a headache for you. 

Jan 28, 2020 07:14 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Call Geek Squad

Jan 28, 2020 06:51 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I am only familiar from the outside. I was talking to someone in their doorway once; the person I was talking to said something about her husband drinking too much. The doorbell said "I don't drink!" He was listening from work. 

I turned around theatrically and said "Yes, you do indeed!" We all laughed but it was weird knowing everything we just said was heard. Last time I talked in front of one.

Jan 28, 2020 05:40 AM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

 I am evaluating. I plan to install a security/surveillance system but I have not made a decision on which one. I appreciate everyone's input on this string.

There was a very recent story on the news about folks filing a lawsuit against Ring due to very troublesome hacking issues and intrusion on their personal privacy.

Jan 31, 2020 07:14 AM