Texting For REALTORS: The Benefits and Vocabulary

Texting For REALTORS: The Benefits and Vocabulary

Texting Realtor

Every Tuesday, here at the American Trust Escrow blog, we post Technology Tips designed to help you, the REALTOR®, grow your business, keep up to date on the latest technologies, and move you forward into the new era of real estate.

Are you texting yet?  If not, it’s time to get on board!

Why Text Message?

Text messaging provides a great, and increasingly common way for you to communicate with your clients and for them to communicate with you.  Maybe you want to confirm a showing with them, send them a quick message about a listing, or they want to let you know they are running late.

Texting can be very beneficial.  Here are a few reasons why:

  • Time saver:  Texting tends to get right to the point (who wants to type out a bunch of pleasantries and small talk?).  A simple “be there soon” gets the message across quickly and succinctly alleviating the need to call and explain the situation.  Text messaging can also eliminate the need to carry on a long-winded conversation with someone.
  • It’s Easier:  It is easier to simply read a message on their phone rather than have to call into a voice mail system to retrieve messages.
  • Less Intrusive:  Texting can be a discreet form of communication especially when you or your client are in a situation where phone calls are inappropriate.  Texting provides a more subtle, less intrusive option than talking on the phone or in person.
  • Not a Harsh Interruption:  Texting is far more subtle than a phone ringing (which would you rather have happen in a movie theater, for example).  The phone can be set to silent and the person can still read a new text message that comes in without the need to have the phone ring, or call into voice mail to hear what you are trying to communicate.


  • Texting isn’t free.  Check with your cell phone provider for how much texting you have on your plan.  Do you have a limited number of text messages per month?  What is the charge if you go over your limit?  Generally it is about .10 – .15 cents per text which may not seem like a lot, but can add up quickly.  It may be more cost effective to switch to an unlimited texting plan with your cell phone provider.  Either way, it is something to watch out for.
  • It is against the law to text while driving in California.  Don’t do it.
  • Understanding texting will help you to understand Twitter.  Twitter is basically broadcast texting (you send one message, and multiple people can see it).  If you are comfortable with texting, you will be more likely to understand and be comfortable with Twitter.  And Twitter is starting to make a splash in the real estate world (more information on this coming in future posts).

Texting Vocabulary

You aren’t the only one who wonders what all those abbreviated words mean.  Texting has, in essence, a language of its own.  Brevity reigns in the texting world and in order to be able to decipher messages and send quick replies, you should know the common shorthand.  Here is a guide to some of the most common you will find in the texting and Twitter world:

2gtbt – too good to be true
2nite – tonight
b4n – bye for now
btw –  by the way
cu –  see you (as in cu l8r)
eod – end of day
f2f  –  face to face
ftr –  for the record
ftw – for the win
fwiw –  for what its worth
fyi – for your information
gtg – got to go
imo/imho – in my opinion/in my humble opinion
irl – in real life (often used in Twitter to reference meeting someone irl)
jk – just kidding
l8r – later
lmao/lmfao – laugh my a** off/laugh my f*** a** off (not the most charming of text abbreviations but very commonly used in conversational social media)
lol – laughing out loud
nbd – no big deal
oh – overheard
omg – oh my god
pls  – please
rotfl – rolling on the floor laughing
re – regarding.  Can also mean “real estate” depending on context.
thx – thanks
ttyl – talk to you later
ty – thank you
wOOt – hooray/congratulations
ur – your
yw – your welcome

((hug)) –  a hug
{{{{hug}}}}  – really big hug
<g> – grin
<3   – heart on its side to show love.  Ex: I <3 re = I love real estate

ALL CAPS = Yelling

Also remember that Google is your friend.  If you run across a text shorthand that you don’t know, just put it into Google and you are certain to get an answer.  You can also check out this Lingo 2 Word Translator.

Now that you have the benefits and terminology to successfully text, it’s time to give it a try. TTYL! 🙂

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