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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

If you're going to be driving for Uber or Lyft, you're not going to be doing the things you need to in order to be successful in real estate.  You need to choose.  Maybe if Uber or Lyft supplies fast cash, you should just do that and keep the cash flowing. 

Personally, I'm not getting in a car with strangers... as a driver or a passenger.

Jan 27, 2019 06:18 PM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Nope. I suggest you concentrate on RE if you want to be a success.

Jan 27, 2019 06:13 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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I "Uber" my relocation clients for Charlotte tours!

Seriously, no - time does not permit a second job for me!

Jan 27, 2019 05:33 PM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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I wouldn't get in a car with most of my realtor friends LOL

Jan 27, 2019 04:44 PM
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Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
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Never! Low pay and a bit of danger.

Jan 27, 2019 10:37 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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No.

Jan 28, 2019 06:20 AM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

Me personally, no... but if you need extra money then you have to do what you have to do. 

Jan 28, 2019 05:13 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Why not try dog walking or newspaper deliver?

Hey. a lot of agents for MLM structured franchises, RECRUIT newbies right off the cash registier at Dollar General.

I don't Uber or Lift. However, I would be interested in placing my singage in your ride.

Jan 28, 2019 04:53 AM
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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
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Many good responses.

Jan 27, 2019 07:31 PM
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Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Coast & Luxury

No plans for that in my future. 

Jan 27, 2019 06:03 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
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I barely have time to drive for Bob.

Jan 27, 2019 05:51 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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What is an Uber or a Lift? 

Jan 27, 2019 04:49 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
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I do not. 

Jan 28, 2019 06:56 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I ride with Uber for convenience.

Jan 28, 2019 04:36 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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I don't remember anyone mentioning that they did.

Jan 28, 2019 04:26 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
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I'm a REALTOR, it often feels like I'm a driver for my buyers.

 

Jan 27, 2019 08:48 PM
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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
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Do you plan to charge people for driving them around to show houses?

Jan 27, 2019 08:45 PM
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Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
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No.  Real Estate keeps me busy.

Jan 27, 2019 06:11 PM
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Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
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No

Jan 27, 2019 05:29 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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I met a Lift driver who was an agent in Raleigh, NC. 

Jan 27, 2019 04:44 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Mcdonald

Jan 28, 2019 12:16 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

OMG.... imagine picking up one of your potential buyers!!!  

Jan 28, 2019 08:11 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

No.  No client will respect you if they see you can't afford to make a living at real estate and also drive for those companies.

Jan 28, 2019 07:38 AM
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Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
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No, but there’s an App for that!

Jan 27, 2019 09:22 PM
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Anthony Kirlew
Group 46:10 Network @ eXp Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Helping You Make Fiscally Sound Choices

Just a heads up. While you can earn some "fast cash", just know that there are many downsides.

1. They say drivers earn about $15 per hour (with Lyft drivers earning more). https://rideshareapps.com/how-much-do-lyft-drivers-make/. BUT... that is before (self employed) taxes, gas, and other car expenses.

2. The best money is earned on holidays and peak times. Peak times are 10pm to 3am - the drinking crowd - which is also often the "vomiting in your car" crowd.

3. You need additional insurance to be fully protected. If you get in an accident, you will be covered by the insurance of Uber of Lyft, however they carry $1,000 and $2,500 deductibles respectively. If you don't disclose to your insurance company that you are a commercial driver (because that is what you become), they could drop you or fail to pay any claim resulting from an accident while driving professionally.


Yes, this is first hand experience. Back in 2016, Lyft was new to Phoenix and was paying $25-$40 per hour guaranteed. Being a night owl and perpetual side hustler, I drove those late nights and made about $300 per weekend for about 10 hours worth of work (this included tips). I actually enjoyed the interaction with most of the people. It was often an interesting social experiment - and sometimes a sad glimpse into empty and hurting souls.

Sadly, there is also a rise in crime against drivers. Ironically, a local real estate agent who was driving for Lyft part time ended up in a crossfire situation and got shot (wrong place and wrong time) and is still in rehab over a year later. Just last week a pregnant Lyft driver was murdered here in Phoenix.

I was a speaker at a Side Gig Summit last year and spoke about rideshare driving. Here is a Rideshare Drivers Guide I put together for that audience.

My two cents is that Lyft is a better company than Uber and they have a better company culture. While I don't drive anymore, I am a customer and always choose Lyft over Uber.

I have heard of lots of agents doing this, and while I understanding needing to keep the cashflow going, many of them see it as a marketing opportunity which I don't. I cannot imagine someone seeing their Uber or Lyft driver as a solid real estate professional... otherwise they would not be driving. When I drove, I never talked about what I did professionally, nor did it come up much. 

Feb 02, 2019 07:03 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
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Not us; we are full-time professional real estate brokers

Jan 28, 2019 08:10 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Nope.

Jan 28, 2019 07:44 AM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
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I do not.

Jan 28, 2019 07:28 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I don't like to drive. On the plus side for you it would allow you to see your area.

Jan 28, 2019 07:19 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

Not me.

Jan 28, 2019 06:41 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

No but I bet after you investigate it you will findit's not such a great deal.

Jan 28, 2019 05:19 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No.

Jan 28, 2019 04:24 AM
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
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No

Jun 23, 2019 08:37 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

No time for that.

 

Feb 03, 2019 08:54 AM
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Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Funny you should mention this as I am now receiving unsolicited emails from both of them for employment opportunities.  

Feb 02, 2019 04:57 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

NOPE!

Jan 31, 2019 07:45 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Nope

Jan 30, 2019 01:54 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

No, but I use them as needed. All the drivers say they like it for good or extra cash. Lyft seems to be preferred by both drivers and riders.

Jan 29, 2019 09:05 AM