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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Never, since people in Los Angeles dress very casually. Some of visitors of open houses are on the way to/from friends, gym, etc. No one dresses up here for checking houses. 

Dec 16, 2015 03:56 PM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

I don't judge anyones buying power but I may judge their "style" in my own mind.

Dec 16, 2015 07:02 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

appearances can be very deceiving, many rich people do not look it, and many well dressed people have less in their bank than in their wardrobe.

Dec 16, 2015 04:31 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Not always, i use a series of questions to determine how real a buyer is. You can get a good oicture of a buyer by talking to them. 

Dec 16, 2015 09:27 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

From the grocery days some of the worst dressed had the fullest carts.

My first sale in the auto industry was a Park Ave and a Special Edition Riviera totaling $36,000; he drove in a LeSaber belching black smoke and wearing tattered blue jeans, sneakers and a ripped tshirt. Then the salesperson with the most experience had first option and I was number five and last to get a chance. After that the only way to say no was they had no credit or cash for the purchase.

Dec 16, 2015 09:18 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I try not to.... but to some degree I think deep down we all do make however a small assumption about people based on how they present themselves. I believe it's only human nature.

Dec 16, 2015 08:23 PM
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

Not clothes, but cars. I do judge the agents by their dress though....

Dec 16, 2015 06:42 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 We shouldn't, but sometimes it is hard not to do.

Dec 16, 2015 05:10 PM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

I remember opening up my first office in the 90's and desperately waiting for someone to walk in.

A young kid walks in with a tank top, shorts and a dog paw tatooed on his leg.  He liked like a surfer.   But  his Grandpa was a billionaire who just gave him a million dollars cash to spend on a house.

I don't judge people by they way they dress, but I sure do judge them on the way they answer my questions.


Dec 16, 2015 10:25 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

One cannot help but notice the finer details of a deal waiting to happen

Dec 16, 2015 10:24 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The problem with the question is the word JUDGE.
Most of the definition include a qualification possessed by the subject. If one is qualifed to determine height, they are qualified to judge height. lists the #10 definition as:
to infer, think, or hold as an opinion; conclude about or assess

My response would have to be YES I DO.

Quite often the opinion or judgement would be "that garment did not have the sufficient amount of fabric to cover that for which it was intended.

It is amazing. So much science exits regarding the first few seconds of a meet and the whole 'first impression' dynamic.


Dec 16, 2015 09:58 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Coldwell Banker Realty

No - I "judge" them by their prequalification and/or proof of funds letter.

Dec 16, 2015 09:37 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

No.  If they have the green they will be seen.

Dec 16, 2015 09:23 PM
Jeff Pearl
Samson Properties / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

No. I've worked with some Jed Clampett types who I knew owned 100+ acre farms, and carry $20-30,000.00 " walking around money" in their pocket in case they run across a good deal on a truck or tractor. Also, on one listing I had in Leesburg, a couple showed up in an old dirty dented up Honda civic. The owners were about to leave and saw them pulling up. The owner commented something like " They look like they couldn't even afford to buy the shed out back". Turned out, they were both doctors and had just sold a property in NY on Park Ave I think it was. They bought the house which was listed at $600,000.00 +, and paid full price. They are still living there today.

Dec 16, 2015 09:15 PM
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

Whether or not people admit it, I believe most do.

Dec 16, 2015 08:44 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Nope, big mistake to do so!

Dec 16, 2015 08:32 PM
Debra Peters
Referral Realty - Manorville, NY
NY Real Estate Salesperson

Never judge people by their looks, period!!!
It's not what's on the outside that matters.

Dec 16, 2015 08:00 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I do not judge people by the way they dress.

Dec 16, 2015 07:55 PM
Fred Hafdelin
Weichert Realtors - Mountain Lakes, NJ

No. I try not to judge at all.  A qualified offer tells me almost everything I need to know.

Dec 16, 2015 07:51 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

No. We have some trust-fund millionaires that look like homeless street people. 

Dec 16, 2015 05:02 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Paul. Heck no, none of us are smart enough to judge a book by it's cover.

Dec 16, 2015 04:45 PM
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Dec 16, 2015 03:48 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I guess I use to 10 years ago but not any more.

Dec 22, 2015 02:19 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Paul - I learned a very long time ago never to judge a book by its cover. I have found many of the richest people I have ever met don't show it by what they wear outside of work.

Dec 19, 2015 02:11 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Broker, Tacoma Washington I judge by how they talk to me - and not by how they dress.

Dec 17, 2015 02:14 PM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

 I really try not to judge prospects by their clothes or vehicles. 

Dec 17, 2015 01:26 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

No never. I have seen millionaires drive clunkers and wear old t-shirts and rundown shoes. If someone is really showy I sometimes wonder if they are deep in debt.

Dec 17, 2015 12:29 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Sometimes I do.  But it's not always an accurate indicator of anything.

Dec 17, 2015 12:23 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

No, clothing style is a personal choice and in no way represents a bank account or credit worthiness.

Dec 17, 2015 11:29 AM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Some of our highest sales have been with buyers that dressed in shorts and a t shirt.  We treat everyone the same, as long as they have proof of funds.  

Dec 17, 2015 10:14 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Broker, Tacoma Washington This is an interesting good question.

Dec 17, 2015 08:13 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

No because it doesn’t mean anything. Everyone is fairly causal these days.

Dec 17, 2015 07:33 AM
Renee Paray
Coldwell Banker Realty - Blue Bell, PA

No, I have meet many people who just didnt care about clothing styles. My last buyer didnt dress very well, but he made his purchase in cash, and told me he would buy another property from be in Q2 of 2016. 

Dec 17, 2015 07:29 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

How can you? We recently sold a condo to a couple who, according to their modest car and their very casual Walmart clothes,  you would never know that were million dollar buyers...Never judge!

Dec 17, 2015 06:30 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I used to think this mattered, that the "rich and powerful" always dressed to the "nines" (whatever that means).  Of course, I was still a minor at that time.  Since then, especially in the tech industry, I've seen the "rich and powerful" dress rather slovenly and their attendants are in suits and ties.  Out where I live, I've run in to MANY celebrities from Sophia Loren and Tom Selleck to Shannon Doherty, Brittany Spears and Heather Locklear while out shopping.  Depending on where they were, some were dressed up (antique shopping) and others were very casual (grocery store/target).


My area's median income is over the six figure mark (some parts are WELL over that mark), so you never know.


I do sometimes try to guess what they do for a living though.  I had a guy come in to an open house who I SWEAR was special forces by the way he dressed and carried himself.  My guess was Navy SEAL just because that would have been the coolest open house visitor EVER!!

Dec 17, 2015 04:01 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate


Dec 17, 2015 03:41 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I quit that in my very early 20's when I was in retail

Dec 17, 2015 12:54 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Who I am to judge?

Dec 17, 2015 12:15 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Broker, Tacoma Washington No, it seems people don't dress anymore/.

Dec 16, 2015 11:13 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Never!   I recently had a buyer that paid cash for their home wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt! 

Dec 16, 2015 11:11 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I don't judge anyone by the way they look or what they drive.... 

Dec 16, 2015 11:04 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

No; often the best qualified don't show it.

Dec 16, 2015 10:40 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

It's tempting but very dangerous to judge by clothing.  I can usually read a person by their words and actions better than clothes.  

Dec 16, 2015 10:38 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

No. A real estate professional can deal with any client, regardless of their attire.

Dec 16, 2015 10:27 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

No. After 16 years of owning real electronic stores before I got into real estate I learned that "you can judge a book by looking at the cover".

Dec 16, 2015 09:16 PM