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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We have had the long tours and we have always chosen a nice place to lunch and we always pick up the check.  Lunch is a good time to connect with your clients and create bonds.  

One of our best clients (a big recording studio) would not sign an exclusive due to legal mumbo jumbo, even though our agreement was a mere paragraph.  We showed him everything on the market, took him to lunch at a place he suggested.  As we bought more companies, we found them the office space, and he never called anyone else.  

It is just how we do business now, and did business then.  It is our style. A

Apr 13, 2015 08:04 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

If it is going to be that long I coordinate the showings and ask the client what they would be interested in.  I invite them and offer to pay or I give them the option to go somewhere alone to discuss the showing we already seen.  I leave the option open.  Most clients now do not want to ride with the agent but wants to follow them to each property...

Apr 13, 2015 07:14 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I usually sit down at a decent, but modestly priced restaurant and pick up the check. The time we sit down together is very useful for rapport building, reviewing properties, and so on.

Apr 13, 2015 08:45 AM
Lynn Afton
Greenridge Realty Oakmont - Big Rapids, MI
REALTOR® Near Big Rapids, MI, Mecosta County

When asking customers about their schedule, many times they prefer to start after lunch to avoid using the showing time to eat a meal.  If eating falls within the showing time frame, I am happy to treat them at a restaurant, and it gives a nice opportunity to know them better and talk about what they have seen so far.

If they have a lot of kids, it might be McDonalds! 

Apr 13, 2015 08:04 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

If it's a long home tour with lots of houses to see, I plan accordingly. I will pack a picnic lunch for everyone. Not one prepared in my kitchen but one purchased from a local caterer prepackaged and ready to serve.

We'll stop at one of the area attractions and give them not only an opportunity for nourishment but a tutorial on the responsibility of living where you must share space with the flora, fauna and sea life that makes Florida a celebration. It is highly likely they will see a manatee or dolphin, an osprey or eagle, an armadillo or Rosetta, a terrapin or curlew.

And I, not the waitstaff sets and executes the schedule.

If they have rejected my offer to share the ride, they are left to their own best solutions, and I take my lunch home for dinner.

Apr 13, 2015 07:45 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Depends, I've done some of each.  

Sep 25, 2018 06:36 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Typically we limit tours to 3-4 hours - but - for the rare time they run longer we opt for a sit down restaturant and offer to pay for the group - sometimes the Buyers insist on paying!

Sep 14, 2017 04:34 AM
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

If we stop to eat, I ask the clients if they would like to and where.  If not, we power on (I keep power bars and etc in the truck).   I don't eat fast food but can usually find something where they want to stop, I am a BIG FAN of Subway as you can eat semi "healthy".  I never allow the client to pay, or even allow it to be a question, "my treat".  I put it on the business PLLC credit card and it is a tax expense.  Everyone wins. 

Apr 14, 2015 12:16 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Paul... I think it depends on the situation and time available. I've found that when I'm out with more than one or two people (an entire family) and we sto9p to eat, they always pay for my meal as a way of thanking me.

Apr 13, 2015 09:05 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I will consult with my clients to see if they are feeling the hunger and make a decision then whether or not to stop.  If we stop I will buy.  I would do sit down in a mid price, no fast food unless they have kids and prefer somewhere with a playground to work off the energy.

Apr 13, 2015 01:57 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Unfortuntely, I don't take the time to eat when I am with a client. I may get something quick between clients though at a drive-thru.

Apr 13, 2015 01:51 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Sit down and I always pay.

Apr 13, 2015 11:50 AM
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

Panera or something similar and I pick up the check.

Apr 13, 2015 11:22 AM
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~

I pay for the group.  Sit down of course.  Just an average restaurant

Apr 13, 2015 11:14 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I agree 110% with Ron and Alexandra Seigel I don't eat in my car or at any fast food joints. It is a write off and a time to chill out and connect with the client.

Apr 13, 2015 10:42 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Depending on the client and price point.  I will pick up the check

Apr 13, 2015 10:36 AM