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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I personally don't. I think a solid, clean, comfortable car is enough. I've sold lots of high end real estate without a "designer" car. And I've found that some of my wealthiest clients are the most understated in terms of their cars and clothing.

Mar 29, 2016 09:44 PM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I don't believe so.  I choose to drive quirky instead

Mar 29, 2016 11:11 PM
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Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

Depends upon where you are working.  I did some research on the subject last year prior to buying a new vehicle.  Your vehicle should be clean regardless of the brand. That is the most important issue. 

I chose to buy an Acura MDX and it is serving me well both to upper end clients and to the bargain shopper.  Plus it is incredibly comfortable to ride in and drive.  

Mar 29, 2016 09:48 PM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Yes, those buyer types seems to notice those things & make them important. There wouldn't be 6+ car garages if that wasn't true.

Mar 29, 2016 09:42 PM
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DEANNA C. SMITH CERTIFIED MOBILE NOTARY
Certified Mobile Notary Signing Agent - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Highest Ranked Certified Mobile Notary in Virginia

Sounds like the dreams of someone having a mid life crisis.   The car DOESN'T sell the property, the person does ! 

Mar 30, 2016 09:14 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I'm not sure I know what fancy real estate is let alone a fancy car.     

 

Mar 30, 2016 12:39 AM
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
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Fancy car?   No.

But the car should be clean and presentable.

Mar 30, 2016 12:18 AM
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Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
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No, but in some areas it might be considered success. Here in Naples there is a very high-producing agent that drives a Maserati. I always wonder if that turns off clients that don't have or display her wealth.

Mar 29, 2016 11:59 PM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Peter Mohylsky Since all the cars look alike today, I don't think it makes much difference. I do have a high end vehicle for commercial real estate.

Mar 29, 2016 11:52 PM
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

If there was unlimited funds to have numerous vehicles I would give it a test; in the meantime the old red truck will and does work.

NO!

Mar 29, 2016 10:50 PM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

No. It just has to be clean, dependable, comfortable, and up to date on maintenance and inspections. A Honda Accord would work just as well as a Mercedes or BMW.

Mar 29, 2016 09:45 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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I am sure it helps for some.

Jun 25, 2019 12:02 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 too have one car for business and one for running around for personal needs.

Apr 01, 2016 12:09 AM
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I don't think so.  I think a reliable car driven by a great agent is all you need.  Oh, add clean to the car requirement too.

Mar 30, 2016 09:14 AM
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Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

Absolutely not.

I know a real estate colleague who bought a Jaguar to impress clients and it backfired. She sold the Jag when a client commented, "looks like you don't need my business".

Mar 30, 2016 06:30 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I doubt it, but some people may be pretentious like that.  In those cases, I don't want to work with them because they'll be a nightmare.

Mar 30, 2016 05:39 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Sandy thinks so. Me? No.

Mar 30, 2016 05:35 AM
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John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
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No, absolutely not.  Many of the wealthiest people I know drive Toyotas and Hondas.  

If you want your clientele to be financially incompetent, "keeping up with the Joneses" types, then absolutely lease the Lambo.  If you want to attract wealthy, financially cognizant clients, be good at your job & network accordingly.  They won't look at your car, unless it's dirty ; )

Mar 30, 2016 04:59 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

not in my neck of the woods

Mar 30, 2016 04:26 AM
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Sandra Steele
Wise Choice Properties, Sedona/Verde Valley Branch - Cottonwood, AZ
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A clean car is a necessity and for being classy, the buyer is interested in looking at property in a comfortable envirement.  It does not have to be classy but must be organized and clean.

Mar 30, 2016 03:41 AM
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Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
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If egos are involved...

Mar 30, 2016 03:30 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I think it's expected by those who own the "fancy real estate".... for me, I like it because it's what I want to own....always have.... Mercedes or BMW.... 

Mar 30, 2016 01:50 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

My Caddy takes me almost everywhere with one exception.  During a snowstorm I prefer to take Dave's truck with 4-wheel drive.

Mar 30, 2016 01:33 AM
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David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

An “appropriate” car is better. Driving up in something over the top can make the car the issue not the business at hand.

Mar 30, 2016 01:10 AM
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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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Not at all.

 

Mar 30, 2016 12:17 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The shell of the service provider counts, but the inside of it is what scores...

Mar 29, 2016 11:54 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

No

Mar 29, 2016 11:40 PM
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Vera Gonzalez
RE/MAX Suburban, Inc. - Sterling Heights, MI
Gonzo For Real Estate

Nope. 

Mar 29, 2016 11:08 PM
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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
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It depends on the client and the market.  I have often found that in neighborhoods of old money, the cars tended to be classic and older, while the  new money neighborhoods were where one found the higher end flashier new cars.  So, my answer?  Strictly, no, it isn't important to everyone but it will be critical to some...I say go with what you want and let the chips fall where they may.  You cannot win 'em all and you can't get every client.

Mar 29, 2016 10:43 PM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

No.

Mar 29, 2016 10:32 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No.

Mar 29, 2016 10:26 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I dont think Fancy, but should be neat and clean. I prefer one that has the features i need. I purchased a new Grand Jeep Cherokee, I love the room of a SUV, the storage in the back for signs and tools, the ability for all wheel and 4 wheel for tough weather, being up higher for a better view, comfortable seats, loaded with technology and drives nice. 

Mar 29, 2016 10:18 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I don't believe that is the case anymore. I never bought into it.

Mar 29, 2016 10:16 PM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

IMHO No

Mar 29, 2016 10:04 PM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

No.  I think knowing the market, how to price a listing and how to negotiate are important.

Mar 29, 2016 09:59 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

No.

Mar 29, 2016 09:56 PM
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Christopher Pagli
William Raveis Legends Realty Group - Tarrytown, NY
"I Stay Open Until You Close"

Unfortunately, people do judge so to some it may be important...

Mar 29, 2016 09:50 PM