William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.  (WHISPERING PINES REALTY)

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Trevor Barzee
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I'd say go ahead and spring for the Ferrari you've always wanted and then just have your clients pick you up when you need it - that way you'll keep the mileage on your new car down and effectively get some better fuel economy. Although now that I think about it "Whispering Pines Realty" may look a bit better running down the side of a nice Rolls-Royce (which coincidentally has room for four).

Feb 22, 2015 08:54 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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I usually request the buyers to drive in their own cars.

Feb 22, 2015 08:36 PM
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Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
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I don't take clients into consideration.  Most want to ride in their own vehicles because of car seats for kids, etc.  And, I don't want the extra liability.

Feb 22, 2015 08:13 AM
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Susan Jacobsen
The Alliance Group Realty - Hilton Head Island, SC
20 Years Providing WOW Real Estate Service

William - on the surface it seems to be a straightforward question - but to be honest, I don't give it primary thought. I saved for 4 years and finally got a Volvo C70 convertible - and also have a 4 door S80 - of course the day I drove the convertible a couple came into town and wanted me to drive - so top went down, wife in front, husband (with long legs) in back and they LOVED feeling like islanders looking at ocean oriented places 'the way we want to live now' and ended up buying that day - so...............who knows!

Feb 23, 2015 01:25 AM
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Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

Most of the time I do not drive my clients around.  Since I cover such a large area, I usually meet them at the first property and then they follow me to the next one.  I buy the vehicle I like with decent gas mileage, usually a mid-size SUV.

Feb 22, 2015 09:06 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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I don't drive clients anymore. Very rarely they join me as a driver. But I can, if they ask me to. I drive Prius( and very happy, I wish I dumped Lexus long time ago).

Feb 22, 2015 03:49 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
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We have 2 vehicles that look alike, but one can only have the driver and a passenger.  The other has a back seat for passengers.  Both are made for cargo. We have never had to haul anyone.  They always meet us or follow us there.

Feb 22, 2015 01:21 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

So I can't! I have a two seater, a Chevy HHR.

Feb 22, 2015 10:00 AM
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Dipti Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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I don't have clients with me in my car.

Jul 01, 2018 10:32 PM
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Doyle Lee Austin Davison Iv
Surf City Realty 714-968-6767 - Huntington Beach, CA
28+ years serving Investors Banks Buyers-sellers

I use the Ferrari for high dollar listings and car freaks and a 4 door truck if clients wants to hitch a ride with me. 

Feb 23, 2015 02:25 AM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I buy my car for my comfort and enjoyment. I rarely take a client in my car.  They follow me on our showing tours.  On a very rare occasion I will take a woman in my car with me (to save on mileage) but that's it. In 21 years we have made it a policy ... I never drive with a man passenger and my husband does not drive a female ... better to not take any chances to have a problem down the road. It works for us.  But our car ... we choose for us not our clients.

Feb 23, 2015 01:48 AM
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Adele Langdon
Los Angeles, CA
Exclusive Realty Inc.

I always have a great comfortable car for my clients to be in.  I actually make my car choices based on that.  The funny thing is hardly ever do they drive with me.  They always want to meet me at the home.  At least I am driving in comfort.

Feb 23, 2015 01:40 AM
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Karen Foster
Rookstool-Moden Realty - Klamath Falls, OR
Specializing in Residential Real Estate

If clients are from out of the area, and unfamiliar with our small town, I will often give them a general driving tour of the area.  This introduces them to the different neighborhoods, which vary from subdivisions in town, to lakefront and forest properties, so I like to be prepared with a comfortable SUV.

Feb 23, 2015 01:30 AM
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Ron Aguilar
Continental Mortgage - Saint George, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

be prepared to do both

Feb 23, 2015 01:07 AM
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Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

Chevy Traverse.  Great real estate SUV.  How do you build rapport with clients when they are following you?  I've seen some great decision making happen while we are riding around. 

Feb 23, 2015 01:06 AM
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Sylvia Jonathan
Coldwell Banker Platinum Properties - Irvine, CA
Broker Associate, SFR

I prefer driving clients if they have no kids. Gives me a chance to observe when we drive up to homes or through neighborhoods.

But my top criterium is the trunk space!

Feb 23, 2015 01:01 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

We have read, and I have found to be true, buyers select the community before they select the home. In Florida, many of the buyers are "not from these parts" and have little knowledge of the community and the associated amenities, attractions and 'God given graces' that influence the quality of life.

I find having them in the same conveyance allows me to point out those features that are important to them but to also keep them oriented regarding where they are geographically.

Whether I doing the 25 cent chamber tour, or looking at houses, there exists a benefit in having the buyer in the vehicle.

But here's the problem. Agents take care of business during this windshield time and having the client present is not beneficial, respectful or productive in the assessment of the agent. That makes a POLICY of 'bring your own car' convenient and necessary at the same time......until the buyers gets lost.

Feb 22, 2015 09:43 PM
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Jenna Dixon
DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate - Marietta, GA
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I bought what I wanted.  It does have 4 doors so I could drive clients if needed.  The vast majority drive their own cars and follow me.

Feb 22, 2015 08:55 PM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

If I had my druthers, I'd have a little sports car! But since I do need to drive more than one person around comfortably, I stick with my Honda Accord Sedan. Comfortable ride and lots of leg space in back seat.

Feb 22, 2015 08:16 PM
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Four doors are a must....too many relocation clients and our own ease of putting and getting things from the back seaat not to have a car that has that feature.

Feb 22, 2015 07:41 PM
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Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
CRS

About 50/50

Feb 22, 2015 07:22 PM
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Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID
Owner,Broker

My real estate vehicle is a Dodge Durango that I bought used for the immediate $20k  depreciation for my taxes.  Time to do that again or maybe buy a pick up truck for that deduction this time.

Feb 22, 2015 03:57 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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I do make sure the backseat is comfortable for those times that I do have clients ride with me. I don't go for showy though. I drive what I like to drive and that is usually an SUV.

Feb 22, 2015 12:38 PM
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Alan Grizzle
Chestatee Real Estate - Dahlonega, GA
Full Time Realtor, Lifelong Resident of Dahlonega

I buy something a family of 4 can ride with me comfortably. I like my buyers to ride with me. It gives me more time to get to know them, tell them about Dahlonega and time to talk about the homes we just got through looking at. The more I learn about what they like and don't like the better I can help guide them to a home that they will love. I just closed one a couple of weeks ago and have another one set to close in a couple of weeks that I suggested the client see. The homes were not on their list to see but having seen the homes myself and learning what the client wanted I knew the homes were a fit for them. 

Feb 22, 2015 11:09 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
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I like the smaller SUVs. I love my Subaru. It's my third one, and I will probably get another one. They last forever and go anywhere. I sort of keep my business in mind when buying a car, but the type of car I get works well for my business, too. 

Feb 22, 2015 10:00 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I bought an SUV so I never (hopefully) get stuck wherever I go.   I do buy a big enough one to put 3 clients in my car if needed. 

Feb 22, 2015 08:19 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

So I can...

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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

So I can.

Feb 13, 2018 05:53 AM
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

I'm in process of making a change.  I inherited Liz's 1999 Miata (only 130k in miles) when we bought the SUV in 2013.  I handle all the buyer work, so as you can guess, they follow me.  The problem, Miata and snow is NOT a good combo, so I either wind up borrowing the SUV when I can, or renting a car when I can't.  And the Miata doesn't transport yard signs either.  I'm about to buy another car in the next few months, and my initial inclination is a Scion Xb or a Kia Soul.  I want smaller, but able to handle a sign and some cargo as needed.  Obviously, still not planning to have the buyers ride with me.  Bill

Feb 24, 2015 09:38 AM
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Brad Lauritzen
Santiago Financial, Inc. - Riverside, CA
Manufactured & Mobile Home Lending

I bought a Mustang Covertible a couple of years ago because I go up and down a mountain during the week. I don't drive clients because I don't want the extra liability and everyone I've dealt with understands. 

Feb 24, 2015 09:32 AM
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Pat & Wayne Harriman
Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499 - Wallingford, CT
Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate

Neither, actually.

Feb 24, 2015 05:55 AM
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John DL Arendsen
CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor

Heck, who even needs a car. I'm in the middle of doing a totally paperless deal online and have never seen the listing broker or the seller. I think the only thing I'll have to do is meet with the escrow company to sign any docs that may need a wet sig.

Plus, with all my surfboards, wetsuits, towels, etc. there's very little room for anyone except me and I drive a Flex! LOL!

Feb 24, 2015 12:47 AM
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Rebecca Riopelle
BLINK Realty Group - Arlington, MA
Broker Associate & REALTOR®

I don't drive my clients around, but I do most of my own staging, so I bought a car I could haul stuff in, but also looks nice enough that my clients don't see me in a crummy car.

Feb 23, 2015 08:07 PM
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Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

I take into consideration that an occasional buyer will ride with me in my vehicle.  The back seat must be comfortable.  As many have said, most buyers follow us in their own vehicles.

Feb 23, 2015 12:02 PM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

My new car was purchased with some thought to driving clients to showings. It's a great choice even if I wasn't considering that but on Kauai we have lots of people shopping who may have difficulty finding places or prefer not to bother with driving.

Feb 23, 2015 11:06 AM
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Marcella Chrisman
Keller Williams - Glendale, AZ
Real Estate Agent Glendale Arizona Sold By chella

It depends on the clients. Are they here from out of town or local. Are we looking at 1 house or many. I drive a mini van so I have options.

Feb 23, 2015 10:23 AM
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Always for clients, but I've been thankful in the past when they followed me!

Feb 23, 2015 09:15 AM
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Aaron Jay
City of Trees Realty - Chico, CA
-Keepin' it Real...Estate!-

I always offer to drive, but more and more clients want to drive themselves.  Driving is the best way to engage and build rapport with clients.  I always own a vehicle that can accommodate clients if needed.  It may not be my primary driver, but it's part of my toolbox.

Feb 23, 2015 06:48 AM
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Karen T Brown
HomeBased Realty - Lancaster, CA

I don't normally drive folks around, not even the ones I really know.  It's more of convenience in that case than security for the latter.  To answer your question, I'd buy the vehicle for the area, I sell in rural horse country therefore a 4x4 is needed.  I do have a 4-door in the event I do need, or want, to take my client(s) with me and it's easier to get in and out of the vehicle for some.

Feb 23, 2015 03:02 AM
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Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

I generally use my Odyssey van to transport clients because I value my time and can navigate the traffic and know exactly where I'm going. I also get to ask more questions and get more time to promote myself and my business.

Feb 23, 2015 02:57 AM
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Marie Story
Coldwell Banker - Pinecrest (Miami) - Pinecrest, FL
Broker Associate, Pinecrest (Miami) Specialist

I buy a new car so that I am happy! 

Feb 23, 2015 02:42 AM
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Marilyn O'Donoghue
Long & Foster Avalon - Avalon, NJ

I am prepared to drive clients if need be.

Feb 23, 2015 02:35 AM
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Sharlene Hensrud
RE/MAX Results - HomesMSP.com - Saint Louis Park, MN
Realtor. Listener. Knowledgable. Patient.

We always have vehicles that can carry clients.

Feb 23, 2015 02:09 AM
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Thomas McCombs
Century 21 HomeStar - Akron, OH

Since a two seater has no attraction for me, I buy a car big enough to carry passengers -- not because i want to carry passengers but because that is the car that works for me personally.

Feb 23, 2015 02:02 AM
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Lucille A. Noble
Weichert Realtors Dunhill Group - Osterville, MA

I agree with Diana Dahlberg........

Feb 23, 2015 02:02 AM
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Lucille A. Noble
Weichert Realtors Dunhill Group - Osterville, MA

I  always have my clients follow me or meet me at the property....I drive a jag.  I like to have them follow so that they can discuss their thoughts about the property even though we have talked together.  By the time we reach the next showing they have much more to say to me personally.  I very seldom, if ever, get into their cars or have them join me in mine.  This is a safety precausion.

Feb 23, 2015 01:58 AM
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Keith Whited
RE/MAX Gateway - Alexandria, VA

Prepared for all possibilities. Crew Cab Chevy Silverado with Sun roof. I like it for myself. It's roomy and comfortable so I can carry clients on the rare occassion that happens any more ands I can just as easily haul appliances or materials for my rental of mulch for home.

Feb 23, 2015 01:49 AM