I was fueling up the other day at my local Mobil where the hi-test unleaded runs in the $3.50+/per gallon range. The pumps aren't so fast and it was cold so I spent the time in my car reading the front page of our local paper The Greenwich Time. When iI heard the gas pump click I looked at the pump and it had stopped when it got to $75.00. Someone later told me credit card gas purchases will max out at that amount. Whatever the reason, it got me thinking (again) about the car I drive and why I don't make other, more fuel efficient choices when it comes to automobiles. As agents, we spend a lot of time in the car.....especially in Greenwich which is about 50 square miles!
Selling real estate successfully in Greenwich, Connecticut seems to require a mix of skills and talents. Among them: local knowledge, full-time status, hard work, connections and a nice car. When I got into this business, I went out and leased (at great expense) a BMW 7-series. Not only did it look great, but it drove incredibly on dry warm days and it was very comfortable for me and clients. It gets horrible MPG so I feel like I'm refueling all the time.
So my question that I ponder is: would clients be more psyched to see their agent pull up in a Toyota Prius that gets 46 MPG or my BMW which gets 15 MPG? Would they be proud to know their representative is a forward-thinking eco-broker when it comes to cars? Or would they see it a different way? My client base buying and selling homes here are mostly involved in the financial sector where big money is changing hands on a daily basis and, for some, the car they drive is an extension of their persona.
Is there more to the decision than just economics? I realize it's a mostly superficial question but, hey, that's what blogs are for,right?