Thanks to the excesses of days gone by, telemarketing and cold-calling are heavily regulated. But they remain two of the most reliable ways to build and maintain your contact list. There’s no fine line or gray area: There are laws you must not break. But you still have a lot of flexibility on the right side of the law. NAR continually observes the telemarketing regulatory environment and compiles resources that will help you maintain and grow your prospect list using the personal touch of a conversation — whether with new prospects or longtime A-list contacts.


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Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) Basics

TCPA Quick Reference

Telemarketing and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) (Electronic Privacy Information Center, Jul. 9, 2020)

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (National Association of REALTORS®)

Understanding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (The National Law Review, Apr. 9, 2020)

Window to the Law: TCPA and Texting (National Association of REALTORS®, Apr. 4, 2018)

The TCPA: Protection Against Robo Calls and Prerecorded Calls (NOLO, 2020)

Telemarketing vs. Informational Calls and Text Messages

INSIGHT: FCC Robocall Ruling Aims to Thwart Coronavirus Telemarketing (Bloomberg Law, Apr. 6, 2020)

Laws Protecting Consumers from Robocalls and Spoofing (NOLO, 2020) — See the Federal Communication Commission Rule

Sales and Texting? Know the Rules! (ProBuilder, Oct. 23, 2019)

Context and Content Show Text Messages Are Not Advertising or Telemarketing Under TCPA (Consumer Financial Services Law Monitor, Feb. 28, 2019)

Obtaining Consent

TCPA Compliance Checklist & Guide for Business Messaging (snapdesk, Aug. 2, 2020)

Smartphone User Gave Consent by Web Site Registration to Receive Texts (Journal of Internet Law, Jun. 2020) E

Understanding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (GreenbergTraurig, Apr. 9, 2020)

Consent and Revocation under the TCPA (The National Law Review, Mar. 27, 2019)

Hot Topics in Risk Management (National Association of REALTORS®, Feb. 4, 2019)

Established Business Relationship Exception (National Association of REALTORS®)

Complying With the Do Not Call Registry

Window to the Law: Comply With The Do Not Call Registry (National Association of REALTORS®, Jul. 1, 2019)

National Do Not Call Registry (Consumers)

National Do Not Call Registry (Sellers and Telemarketers)

FAQ: Do-Not-Call Registry (National Association of REALTORS®)

Safe Harbor Provision (National Association of REALTORS®)

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