Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties)

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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

If the schedule is tight and since I did the scheduling, I would know how vulnerable the agenda would be to a distraction, I will choose the restaurant and pre-order so we can be out fast. When you have a collaborative relationship with business owners you can actually do this. And then you get to introduce these 'New' residents to a local business owner.

I also keep a cooler in the back with fig bars assorted beverages, veggies and whatever energy bar was on sale last week and a roll of paper towels. In most cases, if the schedule ends at two or three pm, the cooler and visiting one of the areas best kept secrets works sensationally.

In particular, I like doing the cooler thing overlooking the Pinellas Trail on the Dunedin Causeway. Healthy eating. lots of people jogging, strolling, blading, big water views, inspires them to pursue the new way of living they are seeking.

Feb 14, 2015 11:46 PM
Christine OShea
Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker - Naples, FL

It depends.  Usually we just plow on through until we have exhaused all showings!

Feb 16, 2015 01:38 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

It is a play by ear....they may wish to discuss what they have seen with each other....if it is a single person...l.unch on us !

Feb 14, 2015 10:47 PM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I have taken them to lunch and at times I have had them take me to lunch.  Yes I let people take me to lunch.  Often I let them go to lunch and I go back to the office to check on things and pull up info for them.

Feb 16, 2015 05:40 AM
Richard L. McKinney P.A.
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast!

My area has a lot of waterfront dining and I know most of the local owners and staff. If I am showing property to a customer and the time permits, I will  take them to lunch at one of those restaurants and I always pick up the tab. Sharing a meal is a great way to get to know the client and gain their trust.

Feb 16, 2015 04:01 AM
Bob Marshall
Home Smart Ion Real Estate - Lynnwood, WA

Good question. Like a lot of people here, it depends. If it a marathon viewing day, and everyone is hungry, sure I'll take them out for lunch (or dinner). But maybe they do not want to go out. If so, then let them go on their own. It's too easy to make a pest of ourselves by wanting to be there all the time. They may want time to themselves to discuss what they saw, or just to talk about something else.

Feb 16, 2015 02:34 AM
Doyle Lee Austin Davison Iv
Surf City Realty 714-968-6767 - Huntington Beach, CA
28+ years serving Investors Banks Buyers-sellers

That rarely comes up these days.. My clients are in and out... send me the electronic contract for an offer to purchase RPA-CA and call it a day.

Feb 16, 2015 01:45 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Typically not - but there have been exceptions...

Jun 16, 2017 05:06 AM
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

Most of the time I would say no as we have a small market and can show quite a few homes in 2 hours. 

Feb 23, 2015 03:02 AM
Chris Mamone
Keller Mortgage - Tacoma, WA
Senior Loan Officer

Taking your clients to lunch is a great way to build rapport and establish trust and a relationship. It allows you to relax and have a free flowing non business approach to conversation. I feel that you get to know someone especially a client really well over a beer or lunch. I'll often meet clients at starbucks or someone local with good food. I'll usually ask them lots of questions unrelated to the transaction that end up allowing me to get to know them better, which means I can better help them!

Feb 18, 2015 02:46 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Isn't it nice when they take us to lunch? Buyers can be so nice and fun to work with at times.

Feb 18, 2015 10:28 AM
Pat Braithwaite
Braithwaite Realty - Marietta, GA

I am getting a cooler tomorrow, ready for the summer. And the idea about making reservations in advance, awesome. We are usually going so fast, as I show them a lot of homes, that we don't stop but I am placing it in my thoughts.

Feb 18, 2015 09:11 AM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I can see that a client may not want to go to lunch and want time to regroup and talk. A relocation client may get insulted if not at least asked. Packing snacks is a good option if you want to keep going.

Feb 17, 2015 11:53 PM
Marilyn O'Donoghue
Long & Foster Avalon - Avalon, NJ

My service area included beach towns and very few restaurants remain open.  During the summer, I offer to treat them to lunch!

Feb 17, 2015 10:06 AM
Marilyn O'Donoghue
Long & Foster Avalon - Avalon, NJ

My area is a beach town where restaurants are not open off season.  During the summer, if my clients have time, I offer to treat them to lunch!

Feb 17, 2015 10:03 AM
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
29 Years of Real Estate Experience!

On a long day, I will ask clients if they would rather pack their own lunch and snacks to bring with them or if they would like whatever I am planning on bringing that day. I also always keep plenty of nutrition bars and bottled water on hand. No need for a cooler as it is usually cool enough here in Vermont all but three months out of the year.  :)

I am more likely to have dinner with buyers than lunch as I arrange a tight showing schedule. When dining out, 90% of the time they offer to treat and I accept and pay the tip.

Feb 17, 2015 09:53 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA


Many of my showing appointments are for one or two houses and we are done. There have been occasions where clients and I have spent much of the day together and showing started early and went through lunch. I have hosted the occasional lunch. Mostly, clients want to get the showings done.

Feb 16, 2015 11:23 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

I take my clients to lunch, if we are together for the whole day.  Lunch conversation is an opportunity to exchange valuable information.

Feb 16, 2015 11:34 AM
Jenna Dixon
DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate - Marietta, GA
Empowers You With a Better Real Estate Experience

My honest answer is that I try to avoid it.  My introvert nature generally resists over socialization.  First, I try to schedule showings so as not to interfere with the traditional meal times.  Second, I do keep snacks & water in the car to stave off any cravings, mine & theirs.  Third, if they want a lunch break, I try to beg off to use that time for returning calls and emails.

Feb 16, 2015 08:44 AM
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

Like many others I will say "it depends"  if they are out of town people and sure to buy plus we are on a marathon of showings I buy them lunch and plan it in the schedule. If I don't know them,  and first meeting I pass all together. 

Feb 16, 2015 07:12 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

It depends on the situation.  I try to finish up showings by lunch so I can get a break and get caught up!  But sometimes if you have a limited amount of time and a lot of homes, you have to take  a break for lunch...with the clients.

Feb 16, 2015 06:33 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Push forward as fast as possible but sometimes 'I'm' the one that needs to stop for lunch. Like Alan said, if they have a toddler - no dice.

Feb 16, 2015 06:16 AM
Sharon Kowitz
CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN Fonville Morisey Cary, NC - Cary, NC
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

This question sparred a lot of conversation here and in my office when it comes up.

I personally set expectations upfront. I generally will run until 1 or 2 pm. Tell the clients I am taking a break in order to return calls and emails. If needed we circle back in about an hour or two.

Feb 16, 2015 05:39 AM
Susan Jacobsen
The Alliance Group Realty - Hilton Head Island, SC
20 Years Providing WOW Real Estate Service

Debbie - to be honest, it really depends. If I feel as though I've overloaded them and they are tired of my company (AMAZING I know) and just need time alone, I beg off. Otherwise, I use the time to develop more FORD or to close the deal. It's interesting, I had a former broker who said if THEY buy the lunch it means they have no intention of purchasing a property - if they let ME buy, they're serious and figure I'm making money on them - to be frank, I've never experienced that generalization to be true. 

Feb 16, 2015 04:58 AM
Susan McCall, Independent Listing and Buyer Agent
Compass Realty Solutions - Portland, OR
Bringing buyers and sellers together!

It does depend on the client and the day's schedule.  Sometimes if I don't know someone I will ask for separate tabs up front.  I have purchased so many meals for people that I've never seen again.   Like let's find a realtor to give us a tour of the city type thing.

Feb 16, 2015 04:37 AM
Bill Reddington
Re/max Southern Realty - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Just really depends on the situation. Kind of play it by ear. Done it both ways in the past.

Feb 16, 2015 04:15 AM
Vicki Temple
O'Fallon, IL

If they offer to buy you lunch or dinner - run- they are going to dump you! Not often but happens.

Feb 16, 2015 03:54 AM
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Depends on the client and my time schedule. Most all of my investor clients take me to lunch or dinner after showings. BTW, I eat a lot.

Feb 16, 2015 03:40 AM
Barrett Henry, SRS, MRP, ePRO
RE/MAX Bay to Bay - Tampa, FL
The NOW Team is your RE/MAX team for Tampa FL

Great question and I've often wondered what others did in this situation... Great answer Annette Lawrence sounds like a great plan!

Feb 16, 2015 03:22 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I either start first thing in the morning and show homes until early afternoon or show homes after lunch .

Feb 16, 2015 03:20 AM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

Lunch or no lunch depends on the clients.  Have had one to teat me.  Offers to treat me,  but I declined because of schedule.  I will  and have treated,  but if there is a whole family, probably not.  Guess depends on how serious these buyers are and what price range.  Have showed homes all week to families.  Others make a decision the first time out.

Feb 16, 2015 02:32 AM
Norma Skeete
Samson Properties - Arlington, VA

Not usually an issue for me; however on the couple of occasions when it came up, my clients insisted on treating me!

Feb 16, 2015 02:08 AM
Chris Lima
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

Personally, I would rather just keep working but if my customers want to break for lunch either on their own or with yours truly, I am fairly flexible.  I do love the cooler idea.  I tend to skip too many meals and I think having snacks on hand is a great idea.  Great post and thanks for the cooler idea.

Feb 16, 2015 02:06 AM
Carolyn Shipp
Source 1 Real Estate - Mineral Wells, TX
Mineral Wells Texas Real Estate

It definitely depends on the situation.  I have some clients that when we are out all day want to take me to lunch.  I have others that want us to go our separate ways so that they can discuss what they have seen and meet up again later. Whatever is convenient for them is easy for me.

Feb 16, 2015 01:49 AM
Dale Dresel
HomeSmart Success, Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear AZ - Maricopa, AZ
Professional Realtor Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear

Many of my clients come into town from the NORTH, So lunch on a Sunny Patio in the middle of winter helps them appreciate the lifestyle that we have here.. I sometime buy lunch the first day and they will buy mine on day two. I have found the lunch break is a good way to get to know each other better and maybe think and talk about what we have seen in the morning and maybe we need to adjust what we are going to see in the afternoon.  

Always depends on the schedule, the buyers, the weather and the mood. 

Feb 16, 2015 01:48 AM
Patricia Baker
Keller Williams Realty - Newton, MA
$125,000,000 + in sales serving Greater Boston.

If i'm showing many homes (especially to re-lo's) with no lunch break I always bring a cooler with sandwiches and/or fruit, power bars and water just in case.

Feb 16, 2015 01:43 AM
Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Winter Haven, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

Depends on the people I am working with. And often times they offer to buy, especially if they are out of town and excited about the "local" place I am taking them to.

Feb 16, 2015 01:31 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

All of the above, Debbie. It depends on the situation. And often my clients take me to lunch!

Feb 15, 2015 08:18 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

It all depends on the clients. Some I will take out to lunch and have fun with. I've even had clients take me to lunch to thank me for my hard work and time. 

Feb 15, 2015 02:12 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Varied opinions. I like Annette Lawrence strategy about ordering ahead. Working through to finish also is a good idea. Of course relo clients need a little different approach.

Feb 15, 2015 12:03 PM
Bill Dandridge
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU - Durham, NC
GREEN, ABR, GRI, EcoBroker

Depending on the client, and family situation, I usually do ask them out to share a meal. They usually pay for it though...

Feb 15, 2015 11:51 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

We basically fit lunch in whenever we can.  Most of our showings are after 3 pm when many clients get off work.

Feb 15, 2015 10:57 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

If I'm showing for long periods, I'll ask if they want to stop for a bite.  More often than not, they will offer to pick up the tab.

Feb 15, 2015 07:33 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

It depends on the client, but usually I have plenty of healthy snacks and keep going when we run through the lunch hour.

Feb 15, 2015 06:08 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Like most I play it by ear. I prefer to push through the schedule but I accommodate client preferences.

Feb 15, 2015 05:38 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Debbie --- Generally, I give them some suggestions for lunch and let them know I will use the time for follow-up/refining the rest of the day based on the morning's events.   

Feb 15, 2015 01:53 AM
Raoul Loustaunau

Hello Debbie , most of the time they take me out for lunch, have a great week comming up

Feb 15, 2015 12:51 AM
Ranee Bray
TCP Real Estate - Cedar Park, TX
North of Austin Homes

We don't have much inventory to show here... so a marathon of tours isn't really happening.  If I had a relo client and we were going to be out all day, then absolutely stop for lunch.  Gives us a chance to regroup and discuss what they like/didn't like so far.  

I always ask them first and see what their schedule is. Some people are exhausted after 3 houses... others are fast and can keep on going.

Feb 15, 2015 12:23 AM
MaryKay Shumway
The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948) - Sister Bay, WI
Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert

So many factors....what if I have an Offer that has come in and we are taking an ambiguous "lunch break"?  In this area, in the summer, it can take 1/2 an hour to get a table for lunch!  If I have time, I will take them to one of our better, "quaint" restaurants that show them what Door County is all about. Al Johnson's is my favorite, with Grasse's being a close second, along with The White Gull and Wild Tomato.  It depends where we are looking, too.

Feb 15, 2015 12:02 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Debbie, it is a good idea to take a serious client to lunch.

Feb 14, 2015 11:49 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

It depends on the situation. I have done it all ways mentioned. I personally am not a lunch eater and would rather knock it out but different circumstances  call for innovative thinking. I have had clients tell me they wanted to take a break and invite me to lunch. I usually get the chat time in if we are driving in one car. Good question Debbie.

Feb 14, 2015 11:21 PM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
PREA Realty - Laguna Niguel, CA

I don't do special planning, workarounds or anything like that.  I offer to take the client(s) to lunch, for coffee or a snack so they're not in the position of having to ask.

Feb 14, 2015 11:04 PM
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

If it's a long day, and I'm enjoying the clients, I will offer to stop for lunch... I usually build in some flux time around lunch, just in case.

But if they're not as enjoyable as I might like (a couple of crazed toddler can have that effect), I try to push through, and offer them some of the protein bars that I keep in the car, just for that purpose.

Feb 14, 2015 10:49 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Thanks. That makes sense. you wouldn't want to loose your momentum L and S.

Feb 14, 2015 10:39 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

If it's a Relo client and we're showing many homes, we usually stop for lunch. If it's a local, we usually work around meals...

Feb 14, 2015 10:32 PM