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My Competitor Cut Me Off!

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Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty

Everyone knows that real estate is a competitive industry especially these days, but usually it is competitive in a business sense, not on the freeway!  I was recently driving on the highway and one of my local competitors cut me off!  As you can imagine, I wasn't pleased.  No directional light or anything and cut right in front of me to get to an oncoming off ramp.

How did I know it was my competitor driving you ask?  Well the vehicle was marked with their business name and logo.  Many agents do this for free mobile marketing and for tax purposes.

This got me thinking about the little white signs on the back of 18 wheelers that say "How's My Driving" Call 1-800-BAD-DRVR to report," yup you guessed it, bad driving.  Alas, real estate agents don't usually have these bumper stickers so I figured I would vent on Active Rain instead. Of course I don't expect too many people to sympathize, but venting still somehow makes you feel good, doesn't it?

How's My Driving?

Well you will be glad to know that I'm over it now! This incident did made me think about how all of our actions as real estate professionals, whether during or after business hours, online or in the real world can impact our real estate business either positively or negatively.

Think about it. If I was a potential future client of that agent I might have made it a point not to ever use that agent because of what happened on the road.  Lesson learned, if you are going to advertise your business on your vehicle don't drive carelessly and anger other drivers!  What if it wasn't that agent driving the vehicle at the time?  It doesn't matter who was driving.  Their actions could reflect negatively on the company or agent advertised on the vehicle.

This lessons can be applied to any other actions in life that may be viewed as negative by consumers.

Everything we do in life can impact our professional reputation and you never know who might be watching!

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Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Nice topic.  We are having our back windows professionaly done this week and we joked about things we can't do anymore.  No more flipping people off!  (joke.  kinda)

Jan 30, 2011 01:20 AM
Dan and Amy Schuman
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Solon, OH
Luxury Home Specialists

I'm not a big fan of advertising on your car, but if you do, you better be careful how you drive.

Jan 30, 2011 01:22 AM
Monica Foster
Monica Foster Team of eXp Realty - League City, TX
Broker, CRS, ABR, SRS, CHMS, CNE, CNHS

Chris,

One of my best friends is a Realtor, too, and she and I both have our names on the back of our vehicle.  I got a text message one day from a client that said "[Insert Realtor Name Here] almost ran me over just now!!"  This particular agent is known for bad driving, usually because she is texting while doing so.  Thanks for posting!!

Jan 30, 2011 01:23 AM
Dennis Duvernay Broker/Owner
Hillview Realty - Northbridge, MA

LOL...I had a magnetic sign on the back of my pick-up (tail-gate) a few years back....I got a call on my cell...it was the guy behind me telling me that at the last stop sign I made a rolling stop instead of coming to a complete stop.....if you are going to advertise on your vehicle you better be at your best for sure...

Jan 30, 2011 01:26 AM
Lindsey Hasford
Edina Realty - Elk River, MN
Bringing you home...

That is one of the biggest reasons that I won't advertise on my car. I don't want to accidentally do something on the road and have it advertised everywhere.

Jan 30, 2011 01:29 AM
Lisa Coates
Level Ten Construction Consultants - Halifax, NS
Residential Home Sales Specialist

Well if they piss off too many clients with their driving they sound like the next profession they'll be perfect as is a Taxi Driver

Jan 30, 2011 01:40 AM
Chris Lefebvre
eXp Realty - Methuen, MA
Methuen MA Real Estate Pro

Thanks for all of the great comments!

Monica, texting while driving is soooo risky.  That is another topic altogether.  It was recently banned here in MA.  Read some of these statistics:

http://www.distraction.gov/stats-and-facts/

My guess is that busy real estate agents are probably among one of the demographics that text while driving the most.  Maybe not as much as the 16 to 20 year olds, but I bet it is up there.

Jan 30, 2011 01:48 AM
Joyce Herr
Prudential Lancaster Real Estate - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County & Beyond

Good post - your actions speak louder than words.

Jan 30, 2011 02:32 AM
Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

Wow, actions do speak louder than words and not the time to have your advertisement saying who you are!

Jan 30, 2011 02:54 AM