Need a texting number for your real estate business? I’ll share the difference between three popular number services.
Below, I’ll walk you through three popular number options and when to pick each one:
💡 If you already have a business landline number that you want to use for texting, we can text-enable it for you.
Local number texting, also known as 10-digit long codes (10DLC), allows real estate agents and brokers to send a high volume of texts from a local area code.
📌 Why do some agents prefer to text from local numbers?
If you already have a local number that you prefer to use, SimpleTexting can easily enable it for texting. Calls will function as usual, and texts will be directed to our SMS marketing platform.
Wireless carriers require local numbers to be registered, and we can walk you through the process. Our support team is available seven days a week to give you a hand.
Toll-free numbers (those with prefixes like 800, 888, 877, 866, 855, 844, or 833) are also approved for mass messaging and two-way communication.
📌 What makes toll-free numbers appealing to real estate businesses?
If you already own a toll-free number, we can enable texting services for it within 48 hours, in most cases.
With a toll-free number, you can start texting as soon as you upgrade to a paid SimpleTexting account, although there may be some sending limitations until your number is verified by wireless carriers.
Our customer support team will guide you through the verification process, which usually takes 4–6 weeks.
Dedicated short codes (DSC) are unique 5- or 6-digit numbers that are exclusively assigned to your business.
📌 Key information about dedicated short codes:
Due to their cost and setup time, few small and medium-sized companies choose to use DSC. Leasing a dedicated short code can range from $1,000 to $1,500 per month, with an additional setup fee, such as SimpleTexting’s $2,500 fee.
However, if you plan on sending a high volume of text messages, the investment may be worthwhile.
At SimpleTexting, we have extensive experience in provisioning short codes and will assist you throughout the entire process, from completing the service approval form to testing your short code.
Now that you have an understanding of the different types of business texting numbers, you can choose the one that best suits your real estate SMS marketing strategy.
💡 Want more texting tips and inspiration for your real estate business? Check out our guide on how to get started with real estate SMS.
Ultimately, your choice will come down to your budget and whether you plan on using mass texting, one-on-one messaging, or both.
Here’s an overview of your business text number options:
|Local Numbers||Toll-free||Dedicated short code|
|Format||10 digits||10 digits||5 to 6 digits|
|Primary Use||1-on-1 comms, mass texting||1-on-1 comms, mass texting||Mass texting|
|Setup Time||1 day||Days (with limited throughput until the number is verified)||Weeks|
Whether you’re new to texting or have been in the game for a while, SimpleTexting is here to assist you. You can reach out to our support team seven days a week by clicking the blue chat bubble in the bottom corner of your screen.
Want to test drive SimpleTexting’s real estate text marketing service? Sign up for a free 14-day trial today to send your first message.
📌 For more answers to common questions about real estate text marketing, check out our How to Start guide.