Google Voice for real estate professionals

Google Voice is a powerful tool that can help real estate agents be more productive, more efficient, and communicate more effectively with their clients. Below is a video that explains the benefits of using Google Voice for real estate agents such as message transcription, custom greetings, and call blocking. Best of all, you can do all of this for free without changing your email address. Once you have decided to set up Google Voice, scroll further down the page for a step-by-step guide.

Getting started with Google Voice

Step 1. Create a free Google account

If you already have a Google account (this is the login you use for all Google services, such as Gmail or Google Docs) continue to the next step. If not, click here to go to the Google accounts sign-up page.

A Google account is free, and grants you access to a ton of useful free online tools, including Voice and Gmail. The only personal information you'll need to supply is a birthdate.

Note: This tutorial focuses on using Gmail to manage messages, but you can forward messages to any email account you choose. Forwarding is explained later in this tutorial.

Step 2. Give Google your digits

Once you've either created a new Google account or signed in to your existing account, click here to go to the Google Voice website. A dialog box will open, giving you the option to either use a new number or use your current mobile phone number. This guide focuses on the "I want to use my mobile number" version, so click the appropriate button.

Note: If you want to have more features you can choose “I want a new number." Choosing this option does mean that your are effectively changing your telephone number.

You'll then be prompted to enter your mobile phone number and check for eligibility. Enter your number, and then click the "Check for available options" button.

Once you've entered your number you will have two options. This guide is for Google Voice Lite, so click the lower option.

Step 3. Take Google's call

Next, you'll see the message below with a verification code.

After you click "Call Me Now," you'll receive an automated call from Google, at which point you'll enter the verification code. You'll also be prompted to set up your primary greeting that all future callers will hear.

Step 4: Choose a PIN

In addition to receiving a call from Google, your web browser will have moved on to another dialogue box, where you can choose a four-digit PIN that will allow you to access your voicemail.

Step 5: Activate Google Voice

After choosing a PIN, the final step is to activate your account. You'll be presented with a unique number to call from your mobile phone to finish the account setup.

Congratulations! Your basic set up is complete.

You can now import contacts and start creating custom greetings, and you will now have all of your voicemails transcribed and sent to your Gmail inbox.

If you do not plan to use this Gmail account to read and compose email, and you want to receive your Google Voice transcriptions in another email account, continue to the next page for instructions on forwarding your Gmail.

Continue to Part 2: Forwarding your Google Voice mail to another email service