Do You Have To Have A Fancy Car To Be A REALTOR?

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Do You Have To Have A Fancy Car To Be A REALTOR?



Today as I waited on a new set of tires for my car a young man asked me Do You Have To Have A Fancy Car To Be A REALTOR? 

My response was, in actuality, no you should not have to. This car was just so shiny and got caught in my eye which is why I bought it. To be a Realtor you must have a nice clean car or truck in good working order. 


I have noticed that some people refused to get into my 1999 SUV Truck when I drove it. Of course I personally feel like it goes a long way to promote a successful image. You dress in a suit to impress or something that would empress.... so why not a car or truck?


Most Realtors I know have a nice car. That car or truck may not be the fanciest but it nice and clean and not too old of a model.

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Comments (22)

Kull Realty Group
Wellington, FL
Your local experts

It should be kept clean for sure, but it does depend on the area where you work.

Jun 24, 2015 09:51 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Clean and dependable SUV is standard for agents in my area.  Cars aren't always suitable for lake life or showing property around the lake.

Jun 24, 2015 01:37 PM
Ted Glover
Alderman Classic Realty, LLC - Moultrie, GA
ABR in Moultrie, Georgia 229-854-5422

Hi Sussie Sutton car, truck or SUV clean and neat for sure. I think the rest may be on the market in which you work. It has been a truck or SUV for me.

Jun 24, 2015 01:42 PM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

William Feela I have only purchased a new car once in my life... about 32 years ago. I do the Dave Ramsey thing (as much as possible) and purchase used cars.

Sophia Lin I agree with you too. It should be neat, clean, and dependable.

Kull Realty Group I agree with you too! Sometimes the area you work dictates if you can sell high end or not.

Jun 24, 2015 01:52 PM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

I hear you Tammy Lankford when I need to show large pieces of land I still take the ole SUV!

Yup! Ted Glover I too think it depends on the area you market.

Jun 24, 2015 01:54 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good morning Sussie. There are those who believe that a nice car is a symbol of success.

Jun 24, 2015 07:45 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Sussie. Clean and reliable matter but most Realtors speed a lot of time in their car and opt for luxury.

Jun 24, 2015 09:19 PM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR

Oh oh she said no old cars. I guess when I have single people I better quit driving the 1960 corvette in my Icon. Lets not mention people who ride in it always buy something from me.

Jun 24, 2015 11:27 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

When you have to spend a lot of time in your car you want to have a comfortable experience for yourself and your clients. A luxury car is not required.  Agents can do quite well while driving a Honda Accord.

Jun 25, 2015 12:16 AM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Yes Michael Thornton that is true... some of our clients consider our image to measure our success.

Sheila Anderson I must admit that I love the plus' my car has since I do spend a lot of time in there! Heck I drove the tread off the wheels in one year!



Jun 25, 2015 02:00 AM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Rob D. Shepherd yes... you said it "1960 Corvette"... is not an OLD CAR. It is an AWESOME CAR. Your car doesn't fit the normal picture when the term "old car" comes to mind.  LOL!  Heck I would have purchased that car if I could have.

Jun 25, 2015 02:02 AM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Yes Roy Kelley you are so right. Any car with the amenities you need to do your job should be good enough. I just liked this car. I like a lot of bling.

Jun 25, 2015 02:03 AM
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Sussie Sutton ~ just like anything else, first impression make big statements. The car we drive is a reflection of us. So I say keep it looking nice and make sure it is clean, and I am sure you'll like the results

Jun 25, 2015 03:18 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sussie, I asked one of my higher end clients one time --- if I suddenly showed up in a Toyota or Acura, what would you think.   He said --- your business has slowed, and you are not making the money anymore.    I bought another Lexus.....

Jun 26, 2015 02:48 AM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 I kind of agree with Joan Cox that is where I was going with this it also depends on who your client is if you are working then high end client then I think that is what they expect!

Jun 26, 2015 09:44 AM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Sussie, I am always disappointed that we measure success by yardsticks such as cars we drive. I just sold my BMW, it was costing me a fortune in the shop all the time. As much fun as it was to drive, it was tempermental and very, very costly to repair. 

I resent the fact that someone who may or may not end up making me money should dictate what I drive. And I refuse, refuse to have car payments. Over the past few years I watched many I know sweat, agonize and cry over making car payments. Not me. Haven't had one in years and years. 

I now drive my old standby, a Pontiac G6, a couch on wheels. I may not like it, I will be getting something else in a few months perhaps. I will only pay cash for it, it will be used and it will be practical. And if my butt isn't comfortable in the seat, I won't be buying it. 

I also don't put anyone in my car anymore. If you can't follow me in my Pontiac, then go follow someone else! 

PS, we have a old Ford Escort with close to 250,000 miles on it. The car looks like hell, sounds rather loud, the interior is perfect, the engine won't quit, with 4 snow tires on it handles better in the snow than most all wheel drives around. One time when all the cars were in the shop (it was a few years back and there was no rust on it) I drove it to work, put a client in it actually. She and her husband have tons of money, etc. She was LIVID that my little car was more reliable, more comfortable, better gas milage than her very expensive little car. 

Success is not measured by what toys we have. Not in my book. 

PSS, I didn't make more money when I drove the BMW either. I might have looked cooler though. 

Jun 26, 2015 10:49 AM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Jon Kolsky yes I do agree with you but in this case I really thought the car was pretty.

Joan Cox    well if I want to break into the higher end sales I have to look the part otherwise in this part of the country you are not going anywhere if you don't.

You are right Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert it is expected  from the high end clients.

Jun 26, 2015 12:27 PM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Andrea Swiedler this if my first car payment in ten years. I am looking forward to trading in my car or selling it down the road and getting another cash.

Jun 26, 2015 12:31 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I drive a Subaru. It's starting to get old, but it runs well and is clean and nice. It goes anywhere. I'm going to trade it in soon. I once had a customer ask me why I wasn't driving a big Lexus SUV. My response back to him was...Why would I do that? 

Jun 26, 2015 12:58 PM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 At the same time if you clients all drive trucks then a high end car would probably be out of place again it is all about that target market!

Jun 27, 2015 03:44 AM