Are agents economizing their mode of transportation?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Best Homes Hawaii RB-13537

Are agents economizing their mode of transportation?  Is it happening in your neck of the woods?  Are agents changing their mode of transportation? I had not paid much attention, until my buying couple brought  up the subject when we were looking at homes in Haiku Plantation, Oahu, an area of million dollar homes.  As we drove around viewing open houses, my clients noticed a 'high profile' agent  driving a 2 seater mini cooper and then viewed other previewing agents in Toyota Tercels, 2 seater mini sports cars and other sub compacts.  The client commented, "how do these agents drive their clients around?".  It IS being economical.  It IS saving, however, how much do you pay to make impressions.  AND what is "making an impression" vs "branding or promotion" in this case of cars. When I later asked one of the agents about driving a small economical sports car, the comment was "when my client sees me in this...(small car), they feel sorry for me, so, they offer to drive ME around instead!"
COMMENT: a  frame that surrounded the license plate of a compact automobile said "My Other Car is a Mercedes."

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Debbie Holmes
Gold Key Real Estate - Boise, ID
Gets the job done!

I do not think we need SUV's to sell houses but a mini-cooper is a bit ridiculous.  I drive gas guzzling older, paid for, cars... If my clients look at me funny I just inform them that I am paying tuition for 3 children and that is where my earning go!

Nov 28, 2011 05:37 PM #1
Jenifer Lower
Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net - Bozeman, MT
Your Dream. Our Passion.

I chose something in between.  I drive a Subaru Tribeca, it is great in the winter here, I rarely have an issue seeing any property, 4 people fit, and it is still fairly economical.  I do not buy new, I buy gently used, and drive them for lots of miles before looking for a new one.  I think you can be economical and practical for business!

Nov 28, 2011 05:42 PM #2
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
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That's saying it Debbie!  May you be blessed with a dozen + additional sales in 2012.  To the next generation.  That's AMERICA's future.

Nov 28, 2011 05:47 PM #3
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
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Yes, Jennifer, I can surely say you NEED a high mileage automobile.  We have been through Bozeman when we stayed at CHICO Hot Springs.  Ate at the Costco there when we went to buy some items for the cabin we stayed in.  I'm sure your listings are sometimes FAR FAR inbetween.  The furtherest listing we can get away from our office here on Oahu is less than 40 miles!

Nov 28, 2011 05:51 PM #4
Brett Reichel
Pacific Residential Mtg., LLC - NMLS 1477 / WA CL-1477 - Clackamas, OR
MLO 210215

It's funny - I remember showing houses out of my old 68 mustang.....clients didn't complain...too much...

Nov 28, 2011 05:55 PM #5
Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

I think that we still need cars that will transport our clients and their children if necessary.

Nov 28, 2011 05:56 PM #6
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
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Well Brett, I was not as fancy as you but I drove people around in a Datsun B-210 hatchback.  My customer, who drove a rusted out, sun faded 1959 Ford Pickup bought a 70 acre Papaya Plantation when I represented him as a buyer and he paid CASH!  Sometimes you can never tell how well heeled your customer is by the automobile they drive.

Nov 28, 2011 06:07 PM #7
Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Bruce...I feel that a combination of comfort, economics and safety are in order...Like your post and thanks for sharing..

Nov 28, 2011 06:10 PM #8
Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Interesting trend to spot, thanks for sharing it.


Nov 28, 2011 06:12 PM #9
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

I have a 4-seater Mini that I bought to drive my dogs.  I also have a Lexus SUV that is difficult for my 80lb male English Springer Spaniel to get into....they like the Mini and I drive it alot - I can get a sign in it and it is great on gas!

Nov 28, 2011 06:48 PM #10
Carlotta Remong
Berkshire Hathaway HS N.E. Prime Properties - Newport, RI

Bruce, I have not noticed that trend in Rhode Island but it seems like it would be bad for business.

Nov 28, 2011 06:51 PM #11
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

I could care less what you drive if you know what you are doing we are fine if you dont you can drive a Lamborghini and we are not good... Make knowledge your priority and you will be fine

Nov 28, 2011 07:58 PM #12
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Bruce,

We are in different times.

The old idea that a realtors success is measured byt eh car that he is driving (and can't afford) is going away. I still drive my 3 ton Lincoln Navigator, with it 13.9 miles to a gallon.

But more and more, I look longingly at the Priuses at the pump, which come and go long before I have filled up.

I am even looking at all electric cars as my next car.


Nov 28, 2011 10:31 PM #13
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


I'm probably not thinking a Mini works for me, well unless it's a convertible mini!  I drive an 10 year old Mercedes - yes guzzles gas, but feels safe and very nice to be paid for.  

Now, as I begin looking for my next car, will I take better gas mileage into consideration?  You bet!  

All the best, Michelle

Nov 29, 2011 12:25 AM #14
Michele Cadogan-Cell 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2926 Ave J Brooklyn NY 11210 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -


I met an agent who rides his vespa to  appointments, he  does  own a car but doesn't drive buyers around because it will cost him more on his car insurance. 

Nov 29, 2011 01:49 AM #15
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