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Caravans? Does Your Agency Do These??

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Real Estate Agent with 1st Choice Realty Group

Does your agency go on caravans?  At our bi-weekly sales meeting this week, plans were made for and upcoming caravan.  As discussed, the caravan will only cover a particular area, probably within a five mile radius.  The area discussed for us to tour has several listings from our office. 

Being with this company for just over six months, I've never been on a caravan.  As I understand it, our office had stopped doing caravans since evidently they took so much time out of the day.  The agents were all very busy and the need or desire to go on caravans wasn't there.  Now that things are a bit slower, a few agents who had enjoyed doing caravans and miss them asked if we could do one.  Our Broker said sure, pointing out that all our agents should try and attend as it's a great way for each of us to support our fellow agent and we might just have some fun too!

I'm looking forward to it.  I'm a bit nervous, I guess, as I still do not know many of the agents in our office.  I understand it may be a great way to familiarize myself with the listings we tour and I love listening to the other agents discussions about our business.

So, my original question, do any of you still do caravans?  Why or why not ? (other than the obvious gas expense) If so, do you feel they are beneficial?  Do you have any pointers?

Thanks for your input.  Maybe, I'll let you know how it goes...

 

Posted by

Cindy Eanes, Realtor®, E-Pro, SFR, ASP

Licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia

First Time Home Buyers & Relocation Specialist -

"Let's Get You Moving!"

First Choice Realty Group, LLC.

cindyeanes@comcast.net

Comments (9)

Melissa Schnieders
Melissa Schnieders Photography - Wichita, KS

We don't do caravans, in the traditional sense.  In our market, agents hold "Brokers Opens" and advertise them via "Hot Sheets".  Sadly, the Hot Sheets owner doesn't deliver to every agency in town, so my office is in the dark as to what is being held open.  There has GOT to be a better way to advertise these to fellow agents without using an outside source who doesn't deliver to everyone.  Anyway, when I've gone, they seem to be poorly attended. Lots of left over lunch fixings and not many agents get out. Is it gas prices? Busy agents? I don't know.  I offer Buyer's Caravans and have had a lot of fun doing those. I advertise just like a Sunday open house, except we'll see up to 10 homes at once. Everybody drives their own vehicle and they can join us for one home or all of them. We hand out packets and there is a lender available to answer questions. They are fun! 

Jun 28, 2008 09:59 AM
Dana Couch-Davis
Kendall Haney Realty Group - Memphis, TN
CRS, GRI, ABR, SRES

Cindy it is a great way to get to know listings in the office. I used to be the Caravan Coordinator for my old office.  It was a great way of building comraderie with the other agents and have fun.  We didn't limit the listings to just those in our office but the general area.  It was so much fun.  My current office doesn't do it, but  I go out weekly with my favorite Settlement Attorney and we do it.

Jun 28, 2008 10:01 AM
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Cindy~ Our office does these and we include visits to the other offices that are open for tour.  It is a great way to get to know each other and to preview homes. 

Jun 28, 2008 10:09 AM
Cindy Eanes
1st Choice Realty Group - Chesterfield, VA
Realtor - e-PRO, SFR, ASP

Melissa, Thanks for the response.  I like the idea of the Buyer's Caravan and having a lender available.  That does sound fun.

Dana, Caravan Coordinator--I like that title. I hope the one I'll be going on turns out to be fun and at least "friendly", I still have a few doubts about that part.

Vickie, Nice to know other offices still do these.  Thanks for the response.

Jun 29, 2008 02:29 AM
Vicki Bishop GRI - Alabama Real Estate
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® - Bay Minette, AL

We caravan our listings and the listing agents gives us a survey to fill out. The survey is to get our opinion on the property ( price , if updates are needed, etc).

Jul 03, 2008 05:10 AM
Cindy Eanes
1st Choice Realty Group - Chesterfield, VA
Realtor - e-PRO, SFR, ASP

Vicki,  Getting opinions from other agents sounds like a good idea.  Thanks for commenting.

Jul 04, 2008 04:24 PM
Lisa Ryan
Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty - Montgomery, NJ
Selling Princeton,West Windsor and Montgomery Town

We still do caravans in my office.  It's a great way to support fellow agents as well as see what the current office listings look like.  It's usually combined witht the brokers open so we get fed too.  Is there a downside I'm missing?

Jul 06, 2008 07:12 AM
Carol Clay
Looking Glass Realty - Brevard, NC
Broker/REALTOR, Brevard NC Real Estate Specialist

We still have caravans and I think they're a good idea. Knowing your inventory is fundamental...which is why I'd like our office to expand the carvan to listings outside our office. Right now, the only homes we visit are inhouse listings. Of course, we car pool to save gas, and everyone takes their turn at driving. We are out for about 2 hrs. tops, then we go out to lunch somewhere.

Jul 06, 2008 07:23 AM
Cindy Eanes
1st Choice Realty Group - Chesterfield, VA
Realtor - e-PRO, SFR, ASP

Lisa, I don't think there is a downside.  You're right about supporting the other agents.  It's also a great way to see what your office has to offer and gives you a personal view to keep in mind when helping buyers.  Have fun and thanks for commenting.

Carol, We only view our own agents listings too.  Thanks for commenting on how your group does caravans.  Lunch sounds fun too!

Jul 09, 2008 12:06 PM