Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

No too much liability these days.  Most use their own vehicle and it is not an issue

Sep 16, 2023 09:17 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I have a different take than most, I'm certain.

I am primarily a listing broker, mostly commercial and land. If buyers are involved they are most likely meeting me at one of my listings . . .

People prefer their own vehicles, I've learned over time. (YMMV of course and different areas have different mindsets)

Back in the day it was important to get them in the car with us so we can talk . . . but I've learned that giving them the space to talk without me helps actually . . . 

Liability is greatly reduced when they are not in my vehicle and I don't prefer my agents drive clients. And they don't either. 

Sep 16, 2023 06:02 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I always prefer that they ride with me so I can build rapport between homes and also discuss them.  I have had clients that would prefer to just follow but those are the clients that I always felt disconnected with.

Sep 16, 2023 05:00 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Not in a long time.   Maybe a single buyer can ride with me, but a married couple, or especially a family with children (car seats), you all drive in your car, I will drive in mine.  Here is our next address; let's try to follow, but if we get separated in traffic, we will meet there.

As for "Rapport".   We can build that while we tour the houses. 


Sep 16, 2023 06:15 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

None of our clients are that brave.

Sep 15, 2023 11:24 PM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Hot enough for ya?

With the advent of Covid, all of that changed.  While I used to carry my clients around in my car about 50% of the time, since Covid I haven't had any clients in my car at all.

Sep 16, 2023 03:43 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Used to except if they had kids. Then the car seats are important & they usually stay in their car OR I ride with them.

I can't remember the last time I had a client in my car. Times have just changed. It's a shame as that's when you can discuss each showing while you drive to the next.

Sep 16, 2023 05:50 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Alan May summed it up well. When I first entered the business 100% of the time ad it declined until I retired. COVID locked the doors.

Sep 16, 2023 04:42 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Even before the pandemic changed the way we did business, my clients rarely rode in my car. Everyone has navigation on their car or smart phone. It became easier to meet at a property then to meet elsewhere and then go to a property. The pandemic cemented the process.

Sep 16, 2023 09:21 AM
Karen Climer
Demetree School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Teaching people to pass the real estate exam

Most clients want to drive their own cars.  In Central Florida we are very car dependent.  It's too hot to walk and we don't have much public transportation.  So people are very used to being in their own cars.  When given the opportunity to ride with someone else or drive their own car, most people here want their own car.

Sep 16, 2023 03:49 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

That hasn't happened in many years Paul.  Clients prefer to drive their own cars.

Sep 16, 2023 10:19 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Nowadays, buyers want to see a specific house and they meet me there. They have done all their homework already.  In the "old" days, we put together a list of homes to see all in one day, hoping one would catch their fancy.  And then they would most often ride with me.  But that hasn't happened in years.  

Sep 16, 2023 07:58 AM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Broker
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

I ride with them if possible,  especially early in our relationship  It gives me more time with them  

Sep 16, 2023 07:12 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Since the pandemic, rarely.  Before the pandemic it was mostly relocation clients who would ride with me and it's the same now. I actually miss it as I really got to "know" my clients by riding around in the car with them.

Sep 16, 2023 05:31 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

It depends. Like Brian England mentioned, it is a good time to build rapport. We have a lot of people moving here from out of state. They don't know their way around so I'll usually pick them up from their hotel. My local clients usually meet me at homes. I do like it when they just meet me because that allows me to take a call. However, you do miss out on building rapport.

Sep 16, 2023 10:54 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Back in the day when I worked with buyers, absolutely yes, they were in my car. A rare exception would be if we were only seeing one home and they met me there on their lunch break or prior to heading off somewhere else for the day. 

Most of my work these days is listing. There is no need for a client to be in my car. 

If I were working with buyers again, I am not sure how I would choose to proceed. 

Sep 16, 2023 09:46 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

i have done all of the above.  Depending on the scenario -- I have been the driver, sometimes the passenger, but most of the time clients drive their own vehicles and we meet at each property during our house tours.  Above all, I practice safety and never put myself in a position of harms way.  I agree that since the pandemic -- life in general has changed.  Great question Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS -- enjoy the weekend!

Sep 16, 2023 09:31 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

It can go either way. If I want & need to be with them, "car capture" is a prime time to do so. The opposite is true too. Then, there is their considerations. Those things work out rather well in the moment

Sep 16, 2023 05:33 AM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Generally, not anymore.  They used to, but it is now a seemingly outdate practice.  I have thought about this and I think it is because most people have a GPS on their phones, plus the hassle of buckling up child car seats.  What's lost is the candor between spouses as to what they liked/disliked about a property you just showed.

Sep 16, 2023 10:07 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

     Sure do to gain insight on the person, to develop the relationship and learn how you can help them. For feedback on their reaction to the property that gets shared with property owner.

     You learn a lot on the ride to and from a property. But round the clock, show and tell videos help bust open the showing homes one at a time paradigm.

     Your real estate videos should make your buyer feel like they are riding to the property with you as you one by one differentiate each new house listing.  "You and I are on US RT 1 heading to Amity Maine, population 100... a log home, 400 acres... buckle up, you're riding shotgun"...

     Instead of bang, you are at property for tour, take them with you, talk to them like they are in the jeep, whatever you drive Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS !

Sep 16, 2023 09:04 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

It all depends, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS. If they are relocating and don't have a car with car seat(s) for kiddos rented at the airport, I absolutely do take them on tours. If they are local, in recent years, I have missed running by their home or office and picking them up to go on tours.

Now, with locals, I'm often only showing 1 or 2 properties and they meet me at the first one. 

I think it's a product of several factors -  the pandemic, the lack of inventory and everyone seems to lead lives that don't permit a leisurely home tour as we enjoyed in the past. 

Sep 16, 2023 06:47 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
The best agent in Southern Utah!

Not always. Many times, we meet at the first property and go from there. One couple, adorned with masks sat in the back seat, demanded that I wear one as well. I suggested that we take separate cars for their safety and well being.

Sep 16, 2023 12:58 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Early in my career they always did but not so much the last decade Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS . I liked it when they did so I really knew what they were thinking. It also created a stronger bond between us when we traveled together.

Sep 16, 2023 06:02 PM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

No. Clients want to have control of their arrival and departure times, even if we meet back at the office.

Sep 16, 2023 05:50 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

They have not done so in many, many years and everyone seems to prefer it that way.

Sep 16, 2023 03:46 PM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

Generally they follow

Sep 16, 2023 01:27 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Depends.  Sometimes they do and sometimes they follow.

Sep 16, 2023 01:21 PM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

That hasn't happened in a VERY long time!  That time between showings is "me" time & they often like to use it as a time to have a candid discussion also before our next stop.  

Sep 18, 2023 03:43 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Good question. In my early years, they rode with me. Even before COVID I found they liked that time alone to discuss the house (or me 😉). But I always allow time somewhere in that day's journey to discuss what they liked or didn't about a property. 

Sep 17, 2023 08:43 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
ZOOM Realty Group - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Pre-Covid, yes, but not since then.


Sep 16, 2023 07:42 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

I pray that the client wants to ride in their own car.  This allows me to listen to what I want on the radio and means time is saved not having to meet and drop off before and after the appointment.  I also like to give the clients to talk to each other in privacy.  More is learned about how to be successful when we talk about their wants and need.

Sep 21, 2023 09:08 AM