What Does a Car Say About Your Real Estate Agent?

Reblogger Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
Real Estate Agent with Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty DRE# 00901962 Lic.1985

It used to be mandatory for a real estate agent to "drive a nice (e.g. luxury) car." As in a Cadillac, Lincoln, Mercedez or BMW, preferably a sedan to comfortably seat at least 4 people.

With the down economy, many are forgoing that leased luxury vehicle and choosing to drive an older, reliable car. It helps that research shows most "millionaires next door" actually drive older vehicles, perhaps exchanging them for a newer model every 10-20 years.

That said, Christine, I want to know where can I buy that beautiful "Purple People Eater" car? (How appropriate that it's a hearse.)

Original content by Christine Donovan 01267479

What Does a Car Say About Your Real Estate Agent?



I'm curious what the public thinks about a real estate agent's car.  Is it important what a Realtor's car looks like?  Is it acceptable if it's clean but older? 


Realtor Car


Do you think it's smart that a Realtor would keep a paid off older car that is in good condition?  Or, do you think this means that they aren't successful?


What about the flip side?  What if your agent is driving a very expensive car?  If you're a seller do you consider it a great asset to you that they are so successful, or are you concerned that they might overcharge you?


Has your opinion changed now that the market and the economy has changed?  Did you once expect a Realtor to have a big fancy car, but now consider it a smart economic choice to have a more gas efficient or paid off car?


I'd love to hear what you think!


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Lloyd Binen
Certified Realty Services - Saratoga, CA
Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411

Everyone's car says something about the owner.  For real estate it probably depends on your clientele. Hybrid or electric cars say you're socially conscience and that's valued in our Silicon Valley markets.  For most buyers/sellers in our area a late model very clean car with a well-organized trunk and glove compartment gives a professional impression.  An agent who drives a very high-end cars may be perceived as too image conscious and perhaps superficial.  The guy who sells the most Saratoga property drives an older Lexus.  Yeah, old fashiioned real estate investors always have modest cars even if they're wealthy.   I don't want payments so I don't finance my car, although I have before. 

Jan 12, 2013 05:05 PM #1
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

Sorry * I have driven grey SUVs for over 20 years....first a Chevy Blazer and when they changed their body style, I went to the Lexus RX....the auto lift gate is important for loading and unloading signs.  I'm OLD SCHOOL and keep it clean!

Jan 12, 2013 07:22 PM #2
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I like to drive a dependable car . I have driven Honda, Toyota,Kia,Chrysler,Ford,  so far. Right now it is a Toyota.

Jan 12, 2013 07:40 PM #3
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Michelle, Great re-blog.  I had missed this one. I probably have a vastly different opinion about this. I'm sensing many real estate agents go for the status symbol even when they can't afford it. 

Jan 13, 2013 12:40 AM #4
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Michelle - The Purple People Eater hangs out in one of our neighborhoods nearby.

Jan 13, 2013 02:27 AM #5
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Once in a real estate class the instructor said that it wasn't smart to drive a luxury car, because your clients would get the impression that you "make too much money." One of the students spoke up and said that if she didn't drive a Cadillac, her clients would think she wasn't "one of them."

About that same time I went on a house viewing tour with an agent in a neighboring town. His old car was a wreck - and it definitely wasn't clean. But - he was a successful agent.

My own opinion - drive a car that's clean, comfortable, and reliable. Never mind trying to impress.

Jan 13, 2013 04:19 AM #6
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Wallace sounds like you have a clear idea of what works for you.

Gita, I agree, dependability is key in a vehicle.

Kathleen-that has been true for years-some agents think an expensive car=big business.

Christinek, thanks for letting me know.

Marte, I've heard each of these arguments, and clean, comfortable, and reliable sounds good.

Jan 13, 2013 01:57 PM #7
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Several years ago I called key clients asking if I should "buy down" into a more affordable car, and what they would think of me.   My affluent clients said they would think something happened to my upper end client base.   I bought another Lexus.

Jan 14, 2013 11:50 AM #8
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