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

I read your comment Paul. Tacky. Not only do we order something, we tip and we tip well. I never like to see people work for nothing. I know how it feels.

Apr 12, 2019 02:49 PM
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

No... I meet them at my office or at a house. Sometimes I meet them in the lobby of their hotel. Every so often a client actually insists on buying me lunch!

Apr 12, 2019 03:18 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Paul,

Yes we do, and like Candice A. Donofrio we tip well---but then we always do.  A

Apr 12, 2019 03:16 PM
Rainmaker
5,762,545
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Nope. I prefer to meet at the office or the property.

Apr 12, 2019 02:58 PM
Rainmaker
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

It depends. If it's a really yummy place then I'll get something. 

Apr 12, 2019 02:53 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I was at a busy restaurant having lunch when a man was seated next to us waiting for a client. The waitress came and asked if he was waiting for someone or would he like to order he said he'd wait. 

A man joined him and the talked business for about a half hour and the client left. As soon as the client has walked away this man took some change out of his pocket and left.

I would never do this...

Apr 12, 2019 02:39 PM
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Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

I have met clients at coffee shops and I will buy a coffee and what they would like to drink.

Apr 12, 2019 05:39 PM
Rainmaker
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I often meet clients at Coffee Shops and I always get a cup of coffee. I treat others as I would want to be treated.

Apr 12, 2019 08:50 PM
Rainmaker
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

If they insist I will but I don't ever remember it happening over my career in Real Estate. If I did I would only order coffee Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS .

Apr 12, 2019 06:02 PM
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I would offer chow or drinks no problem to my clients if warranted

Apr 12, 2019 03:02 PM
Rainmaker
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I meet them at my office. 

Apr 13, 2019 05:33 AM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

I often meet clients or prospective clients at a coffee shop. I always buy a latte for myself and offer to buy whatever my guest wants.

Apr 12, 2019 09:20 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I like to meet at one of our offices, too many distractions in public places, and we dont have effective presentation equipment in place there like we have at the office.

 

Apr 12, 2019 05:29 PM
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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

I have on occasion. It's a nice relaxed atmosphere to get to know people. 

Apr 12, 2019 03:42 PM
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Harjeet Bhatti
FITH THIRD BANK - Chicago, IL
Home Mortgage Consultant 25 States

Yes I do ask them.

Apr 12, 2019 02:36 PM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Sometimes... but you can't go to such an establishment and not buy anything! They are businesses like you are. 

99% of the time, I meet clients at my office.

Apr 13, 2019 07:29 AM
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Susie Kay
Ultima Real Estate - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Mostly in the office.  Sometimes at a coffee shop or at the property.

Apr 13, 2019 07:16 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

old school here!!  clients always came to my office.... or I went to their homes...

Apr 13, 2019 06:21 AM
Rainmaker
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Occasionally.  And, of course. We also buy for our clients.

Apr 13, 2019 06:05 AM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

I prefer to meet at the office, rarely at coffee places or restaurants. 

Apr 13, 2019 05:47 AM
Rainmaker
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

On occasion, and yes I do offer a drink or a meal.

Apr 13, 2019 05:22 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Piggybacking off of someone else's dime is not good business. If we're going there we're buying something.

Apr 13, 2019 04:56 AM
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Hopefully, it is my choice and yes always order and tip!

Apr 13, 2019 04:48 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Yes and Yes.

I feel an obligation to 'rent' the chair/table via a purchase. Otherwise one becomes a self-fish taker.

I wonder.....if such takers are vocal about those who wast their resources by not showing up or prying them for information and never doing business.

Apr 13, 2019 04:48 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Yes and yes! I enjoy a cup of coffee with my conversation.

Apr 13, 2019 04:26 AM
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Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Majority of the time we meet at the property or office.

Apr 13, 2019 04:02 AM
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

On occasion I'll meet at a coffee shop and get coffee

Apr 14, 2019 11:32 AM
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

Yes, on occasion, and yes, I always order something for both of us.  I would never sit in a coffee shop or restaurant and use their space wihtout buying something.  

Apr 14, 2019 07:01 AM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

When we meet at a restaurant or coffee shop I purchase something. When I am out to dinner with clients I spare no expense. 

Apr 13, 2019 10:44 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Yes.  While I typically don't meet at restaurants, I do meet people at coffee shops... or more accurately go there to write contracts when showing homes.  I find it disrespectful to take up space without purchasing something.  Plus, it's a "business expense" at that point!

Apr 13, 2019 09:52 AM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Usually a coffee shop.  Yes - tea or coffee works great.

Apr 13, 2019 08:10 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I do when it makes sense to do so.  I do order. I pay the entire bill. 

Apr 13, 2019 07:47 AM
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J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I’ll meet wherever I need to or clients want, but I’ll always get something. If a tip is warranted or the norm then that is left too. 

Apr 13, 2019 05:14 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Yes and I insist on paying for theirs also. 

Apr 14, 2019 03:54 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I start with a coffee shop and I buy.

 

Apr 14, 2019 11:32 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

With out of state investors it is typically from the plane or at hotels.

Apr 13, 2019 07:16 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Yes, yes( at least, I always offer it).

Apr 14, 2019 11:46 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Yes, I do use this knd of space, and I alway purchase something. I feel that if I am taking up their space I need to be a consumer, whether required or not. And there is something positive about meeting with others over food or drink! I pay, unless they offer first, and I always tip.

Apr 14, 2019 08:16 PM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

Office. I meet our customers in our office. 

Apr 19, 2019 12:04 PM
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sandy straley
Rindlesbach Homes - Salt Lake City, UT
Selling Homes for over 40 Years

I do both and yes I purchase just a drink or a meal depending on the time of day. . . . always a nice atmosphere as long as it is quiet and you can talk.

Apr 17, 2019 02:12 PM
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Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

I rarely do, but if I do, I certainly would order something.  You can't use a business space and not buy something from them.  You are preventing them from using that space for buying customers.  Meet in a park or mall if you don't want to spend any money.

Apr 15, 2019 12:31 PM
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Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Winter Haven, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

Sometimes, and yes most of the time. 

Apr 15, 2019 12:27 PM