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Call Before You Fax... Yes I Said Fax

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Call Before You Fax... Yes I Said Fax

Today I canceled my dedicated Fax line. While it's tempting to put the old fax machine in the back room along with other electronic dinosaurs we really should be keeping them around a bit longer.

The thing about Fax's are they can NOT be hacked. They are still a secure way to send information and for some legal documents they are the only recognized "copy" we can use.

Using a Fax you do not need to use complicated encryption programs that give the receiver at the other end a big head ache.

So I didn't retire my Fax but being I only receive about one Fax a month that I really want to receive I've decided to do away with my dedicated Fax line.

If you need to send me a Fax call me in advance and I'll plug old Faxie into my regular phone line until I've received your Fax.

I held off on this decision because I thought the extra line in the office was good in case line one was busy but with all my helpers using their own cell phones most of the time I was wondering if I really needed a dedicated line just to receive loan offers and other crap that just waisted my paper. Now I'm saving $40.00 a month and the planet too. (by the way only Jesus can save this planet)

Bob Timm and Dean Rylander




201 Main Street South, Suite 116

 Minot North Dakota 58701

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Comment balloon 15 commentsBob "RealMan" Timm • October 16 2015 10:54AM


I kept my fax number and faxes go right into my Outlook. But I must admit, it's a good thing my fax number doesn't cost me more than about $80/year as I don't get more than 3 or 4 faxes a year.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) about 5 years ago

When I first started faxing offers was all the rage, now it is all digital and it makes life so much easier. If someone wants to fax something I have a line, but it just arrives as a PDF in my inbox. No paper wasted.

Posted by Stefan Winter, Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech (Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger) about 5 years ago

I have a myFax for the rare ocassion that someone wants to fax me. No fax machine, no worries. And it sends me an email so I know when someone uses it. I don't even have to check it. LOVE! :)

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) about 5 years ago

You are helping save the planet ... :-)

I use a fax service for less than $8 a month. It's clean and easy and I don't need to deal with a dinosaur in my office.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 5 years ago


Still have a fax . . . . no decanted line . . . . I think I've used it 2 time this year.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 5 years ago

I think you have me beat by 1 Lou Ludwig except for the faxses I've sent to be removed from fax lists. (and that is the main reason I dumped the fax line)

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) about 5 years ago

Good morning Bob,

I cannot remember the last time I used one of those things!

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 5 years ago

I haven't had a fax in over 5 years.  Haven't had anyone even ask if I have one!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) about 5 years ago

Bob - hmm, food for thought.  I still have a dedicated line although I don't get many faxes.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 5 years ago

The clincher for me Grant Schneider was that 99% of the fax's I received were advertisements I didn't want.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) about 5 years ago

Bob, I eliminated my home land line last month. It was my "dedicated fax line". I've been using (cost $10 month) for 99% of my incoming faxes. Even so, it was a little tough to let the line go. Haven't missed it so far. 

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

My dedicated fax line became another business line for we too still have the ability to receive a fax, but haven't had one come through in over a year 

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) almost 5 years ago

Bob-We have a fax solution that can convert incoming fax to a pdf that goes to e-mail. Works great for incoming. But to send I have to go office because I do not have a land line at home office. 

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) almost 5 years ago

Wayne Johnson I can send from home even through I do not have a land line via my old Magic Jack". Magic Jack allows faxes and the thing is so incredibly cheap I can hardly believe it.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) almost 5 years ago

Just today, my client wanted to send me his financial docs via fax...I have one in my work office, but I rarely ever use it. He did email me all, but explained that he felt very uncomfortable about it( security issues).

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) over 4 years ago