Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR, Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations (WestUSA Realty)

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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I'm amazed at all you guys and gals that do not!?!

That is prime time-"connection time". You are missing out on sales time too. I hear all the conversations, I learn more about them, they ask questions. This is deepen the relationship time.

I have always put my clients in my car and the only times I don't: when they prefer there's for the car seats/kids and meeting on-site for one property.

Upfront contract: No food allowed and if you spill it, we divert immediately to the car wash... on you.

Feb 01, 2017 07:20 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Any time you have the opportunity for a captive audience whether by land, sea or air I'm all in.

Feb 01, 2017 10:43 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Rarely these days as I work mostly with sellers.  I would not allow a client to eat anything in my car ... let alone a stinky smelly taco bell.  Bottle water is on the house in my car. If we are hungry we stop for a meal. 

Feb 01, 2017 08:21 AM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I have NEVER allowed clients in my vehicles and never will.  I can't tell you how many of my clients express their thanks for this telling me the last time they worked with a Realtor, they insisted upon traveling together and wouldn't shut up!!  Gave them zero privacy and no opportunity to return VM or text messages, etc.  They don't want to become best buds with us at this stage, they simply want to buy a home.  Proving our professionalism and competence is what will impress them, not chatter over a cheeseburger!

Feb 01, 2017 08:18 AM
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Mike & Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS got it right!

Putting buyers in your car helps you wrap the home search up quicker. 

It does form a connection that you cannot get from e-mail or a text or them driving in a car behind you. You need to hear their thoughts and be there to keep them grounded.

Eve

Feb 01, 2017 07:32 AM
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Part of my typical agreement with a client is that they drive. I am willing to meet them at the first house or their home etc. but from there they drive. Liability, wear and tear on the car and actually it seems to end up with the buyers being more versed on the properties they are seeing.

Feb 01, 2018 06:49 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I'm with Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS on this one.  If you're showing multiple properties, it is best if everyone is in the same vehicle.  Great bonding and it allows you to help them narrow down to the right house. 

 

Now, I won't do this if I'm just showing one or two homes close by or if car seats are involved.

Feb 02, 2017 12:55 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

They like my Lincoln and I can connect with them.

Feb 01, 2017 03:43 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I prefer they to ride with me.

Absolutely the best use of windshield time.

Feb 01, 2017 02:28 PM
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Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

I don't typically and that is fine with me.  I have never had an issue with buyers following me.  

Feb 01, 2017 09:56 AM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Yes. It is a great time to get to know their needs and thoughts about the homes we are seeing. We work a lot with relocation clients so can spend a day or two with them while they are in town. It would be silling and a waste of gas for them to follow in their own car. But for local clients often with only 1 or 2 houses they drive themselves.

Feb 01, 2017 09:46 AM
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Very rarely unless they just fly in for the day.

Feb 01, 2017 09:08 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Richard Bazinet /MBA Not anymore.

Feb 01, 2017 09:01 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Of course but no smoking or eating.

Feb 01, 2017 08:24 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Very rare now

Feb 01, 2017 08:15 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I alway have.  Never know what info you will pick up between showings.

Feb 01, 2017 07:56 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I do but rarely it seems these days. Almost always only those in from out of town and never with kids but then that is a great time to talk

Feb 01, 2017 07:24 AM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I loved taking clients in my car because it gave us lots of talk, rapport building, time before and after showings.   I did not take families, however.  

Feb 01, 2017 07:21 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It depends.  Really it does.

In my market, with limited inventory, the first time showing properties to buyers may include just a handful of properties at most. That initial time may include clients in the car. Subsequent visits may only be one or two properties and it may be easier to meet at number 1 and then travel separately to the next.

For relocating clients, I like to show them different neighborhoods and points of interest.

Then you also have the child factor or the number of people who will be "looking".   This is something that is typically addressed upfront but I've been surprised on occasion  by a "committee".   

So once again...it depends...like most of life and real estate too.  

 

Feb 01, 2017 07:12 AM
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

When necessary, yes if I know them well and have worked with them for a while...Usually I meet them at the property..

Feb 01, 2017 07:09 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

no one on my team has clients in their car.... 

Feb 01, 2017 07:08 AM
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John Duke
Staging By John - Burlington, NC
We stage your home to show it at its best!

This isn't something that happens to me as a home stager so no I don't

Feb 13, 2018 05:09 PM
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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 love having the buyers in my car.  I get to know them, them to know me, and we can chat about homes, neighborhoods and all things important.  It truly is a bonding time.   Yes, they can eat Taco Bell in there too.  I have WeatherTech mats and leather, it is all washable.

Feb 04, 2017 01:18 PM
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Melissa Jackson
Citiwide Alliance Realty - Weatherford, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Only once. No, I don't have clients ride with me. I'll meet them at the property or office. 

Feb 02, 2017 11:26 PM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
WestUSA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Wow!! Thank you for the replies as of Feb 02/17. How interesting.

The score: 50% yes, 50% no/rarely.

Feb 02, 2017 03:50 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Richard,

What Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS and Kevin J. May said.

Feb 02, 2017 03:40 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I don't mind doing this, but I don't have to as much these days. Recently I worked with a couple that preferred to drive their own vehicle because they had their dog in the car. That was fine by me. It seems more and more people want to meet at the house and drive on their own. 

Feb 02, 2017 11:26 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Only under "duress" e.g. car in shop and that's rare; prefer not to. There are benefits - can chat, get better acquainted and get feedback after showings.

Feb 02, 2017 10:15 AM
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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

I let them get in by themselves.  

I still take folks out in my car.

Feb 02, 2017 08:40 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Sure do and it beats Mister Toad's Wild Ride at Disney. Causes my clients to buy the first home they see to cut the ride short

Feb 02, 2017 08:37 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No.

Feb 02, 2017 07:17 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I have always preferred to have prospects in my car unless they have children with them.

Feb 02, 2017 05:41 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I've not put clients in my car in years  - no need to anymore and I do not want the liability or insurance premiums increase

Feb 02, 2017 04:52 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

I'm with you...never to rarely

Feb 02, 2017 04:42 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Yes, I do. Why not? I like having them in my car... gives me a chance to develop some real relationships.

Feb 02, 2017 04:18 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Same here: never to rarely. If it is a short drive, very difficult parking ( typical for some L.A. streets), or elder clients. 

Feb 01, 2017 10:51 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I do.  I've never let fear of liability prohibit my business.  I'm a great driver.

Feb 01, 2017 09:35 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Richard Bazinet /MBA - Nop!

Feb 01, 2017 09:33 PM
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Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

Rarely.  My buyers prefer to follow or meet me at the property and that works for me, especially if I have another appointment later.

Feb 01, 2017 08:30 PM
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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
FrankRubiRealEstate.com

I have not in a few years offer to ride or ride with a client. 

Feb 01, 2017 08:12 PM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I very rarely do this any more. I just tell them what vehicle I am driving and ask them to follow me.

Feb 01, 2017 07:36 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Sometimes...it is easier to have them in my car than for them to try and follow

Feb 01, 2017 06:28 PM
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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  Not for several years now. 

Feb 01, 2017 06:27 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

It has been a while  I have.

Feb 01, 2017 06:21 PM
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Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I do put them in the car

Feb 01, 2017 06:15 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I do love it when they ride with me but, most of them prefer to take their own car.  What I have found is that they prefer to talk among themselves and answer business calls and emails without feeling like they have to be 'on' when riding along (with me or any other agent).  

Very often, my clients are already local and we 'spot' hit homes (seeing 1 or 2 at a time) so, they prefer to meet me there, rather than me picking them up.  

Feb 01, 2017 05:48 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

A whole lot less than 5 years ago but every so often it works best for both me and the client.

Feb 01, 2017 05:18 PM
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Vern Eaton
Askov, MN
Realtor 651-674-7449

I do many times but we never eat  in the car.

Feb 01, 2017 04:03 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Very rarely, most often they meet me. The only time seems to be relocations

Feb 01, 2017 02:44 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Only if they've been very bad lol

Feb 01, 2017 11:49 AM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Most don't, but there are times it is appropriate. For instance, your car is winter safe and the client's rental car is not.

Feb 01, 2017 10:46 AM
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Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, Realtor | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

Nope. Clients need time to chat alone and then there's the security aspect.

Feb 01, 2017 10:25 AM
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Alexander- Slocum
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate

For an established customer that asks - sure.  For a new customer, for safety reasons, I better think I can handle myself in a fisticuffs, knife, gun scuffle; then if I'm even worried about a scuffle - probably no showings at all.

Feb 01, 2017 10:21 AM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Not as often as I once did

Feb 01, 2017 10:14 AM
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Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322
PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties - Sarasota, FL
When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com

I'm happy to drive with them in my car, but so many buyers want to drive themselves. Whatever they are comfortable with, I'm happy to accommodate.   :)

Feb 01, 2017 08:38 AM
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

I dopped the insurance rider long ago and no they do not ride in my vehicle.

Occasionally I will rent a vehicle for out of towners.

Feb 01, 2017 07:38 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

When it comes up sure I will....

Feb 01, 2017 07:35 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

You drive your car I drive mine we meet at one common point.

 

Feb 01, 2017 07:33 AM