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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.
John McCormack, CRS
Susan Laxson CRS
I don't believe so. I choose to drive quirky instead
Susan Laxson CRS
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.
Yes, those buyer types seems to notice those things & make them important. There wouldn't be 6+ car garages if that wasn't true.
Miramar Beach, FL
Sounds like the dreams of someone having a mid life crisis. The car DOESN'T sell the property, the person does !
DEANNA C. SMITH ...
Smith Mountain Lake, VA
I'm not sure I know what fancy real estate is let alone a fancy car.
Fancy car? No.
But the car should be clean and presentable.
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.
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.
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. 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.
I am sure it helps for some.
I too have one car for business and one for running around for personal needs.
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.
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".
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.
Sandy thinks so. Me? No.
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 ; )
not in my neck of the woods
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.
If egos are involved...
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....
My Caddy takes me almost everywhere with one exception. During a snowstorm I prefer to take Dave's truck with 4-wheel drive.
An “appropriate” car is better. Driving up in something over the top can make the car the issue not the business at hand.
Not at all.
The shell of the service provider counts, but the inside of it is what scores...
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.
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.
I don't believe that is the case anymore. I never bought into it.
No. I think knowing the market, how to price a listing and how to negotiate are important.
Unfortunately, people do judge so to some it may be important...