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Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

I think it's more important to have a clean, well-maintained car than anything.

I certainly wouldn't think you'd get much respect in an old beaten-up car, for sure. 

Jun 06, 2019 09:01 PM
Dan & Laurie Pittsenbarger Team
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Lakeside & Coastal Single Family Homes

If you're worried about how others will judge you by the car you have, you're going to need a lot of cars.  It does matter to some clients but there's no one car pleases all solution. If you have a very nice luxury vehicle - it can "help" with some clients while others will think you're making too much money - you're not going to make money off them for a lifestyle like that......  etc.. Then you need a pickup for those properties on acreage and those folks that wouldn't be caught dead in a sedan. And a Prius for those with attention on reducing their carbon footprint. Anyway - people do judge us by our material things. The point is if you worry about it you'll get into trouble.  Like others have said a clean, damage free, reliable vehicle is your best all around bet. The only real person that you have to really worry about having an opinion about your car is yourself. If you think it works against you - it certainly will. Get something you enjoy and fits you.

Jun 06, 2019 02:35 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Since you're choosing to ask anonymously I'd rather not respond as I'm not sure who you are and why you're asking. Beyond that... define nice.

Jun 06, 2019 02:20 PM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

I hate that people judge but you know a fine vehicle says your doing fine. 

Jun 06, 2019 02:29 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Success attracts success.

However I admire those who drive something that does not flash their wealth, or debt, like Sam Walton and Warren Buffet who always drove old yet reliable vehicles.

Jun 06, 2019 02:19 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

most people JUDGE... but you can only buy what you can afford....make sure it's very clean inside and outside.... shiny rims.... a layer of amor tire shine....

when I first started I had an american towncar...  had three of them before I graduated to a baby benz and worked my way up to 500S

Jun 06, 2019 03:43 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

I think it's important to have a clean, well maintained vehicle. 

Jun 06, 2019 02:22 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Just ensure what you drive is clean and maintained. Then don't worry about it

Jun 07, 2019 09:41 AM
Anthony Acosta -
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Depends on your local market.  

When dealing with Luxury Real Estate, you most look the part.

Jun 06, 2019 04:31 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

It is important to have a clean car but a luxury vehicle is not necessary.

A Honda Accord sedan will meet the needs of most agents.

Jun 06, 2019 02:33 PM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Yes, if "nice" means a clean reliable car. If your definition of  "nice" means a luxury vehicle, it may help in certain cases such as representing luxury real estate.

Jun 06, 2019 02:25 PM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL


What is the nice car? All of our agents have a nice car - lease.

Jun 07, 2019 04:55 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Many good responses.

Jun 06, 2019 02:57 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

What matters more is that people are transparent. 

Jun 07, 2019 09:53 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

If it is kept clean - inside and out - it should not matter but Don't get caught riding dirty!

Jun 07, 2019 07:17 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

There are multiple schools of thought on this.

I've been told by consumers that an inordinately nice/pricey car is a potential turnoff; "Am I gonna be pressured to help make that payment?"
It is a status symbol to have a great ride. But does it fit the market area?

Where I live and work, everyone has trucks. We need them for moving things and driving in dirt. I love my truck and it rides like a luxury car.

So the answer is 'a clean, well running vehicle is best'.

It shocks me sometimes how messy agent vehicles are!

Jun 07, 2019 06:24 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Clean with no smoking is best.

Jun 06, 2019 06:54 PM
Byron K . Jones
Coatesville, PA
List Today - Sold Tomorrow!

They are Hiring me.. not my vehicle, My personal choice of Transporation is just choice

Jun 06, 2019 03:25 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

It matter to us what we drove.  We did not care what others thought of us ever, ever, ever.  A

Jun 06, 2019 02:59 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Clean and well maintained and you have no worries. If someone does not like your car, well then, let's take yours! Want me to drive?

Jun 06, 2019 02:45 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I drive a truck. As long as it is clean, inside & out, I have never had a complaint even with multi-million $$ buyers.

Jun 07, 2019 08:15 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Whatever you can afford. 

Jun 07, 2019 04:41 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

If a definition of a nice car means an expensive one, I vote for no.

If the definition means well maintained and clean, I vote for yes. 


Jun 07, 2019 03:03 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

You should have a clean car.

Jun 07, 2019 01:42 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

Everyone should have a nice car. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just clean and well maintained.

Jun 06, 2019 03:22 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

If an agent is driving a 'beater' it suggests the ride is not insured and if seized by the local loss incurred.

The agent may be driving the '67 classic is fully restored condition. Of course it has few safety features, none of the usb charging ports or cup holders and forget about GPS. An old car in good condition is not a problem.

So, that leaves that agent with the 2019 ride from the Bavarian Motor Works that smell like a nicotine chamber.  Hopefully the consumer decodes this to they are enabling this agent, via excessive compensation, to live a reckless and opulent lifestyle.

Jun 06, 2019 03:07 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

define nice? It should be rust free & clean. There are agents in my area that drive trucks. Couldn't catch me dead in one ...

Jun 07, 2019 10:14 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

You car is an extension of you. A luxury car no, but one that is clean, neat and good looking does help. If you pull up in a clunker, you may not be getting that listing. 

Jun 07, 2019 05:43 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Depends who you work with. I'm not sure it is a good idea to arrive in a ''not-nice car'' for a high end listing presentation, at least, I would not.  

Otherwise, in other situations, no one cares what you drive as long as you know what you are doing. 

Jun 08, 2019 12:30 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

No.  It needs to be clean and functional.

Jun 07, 2019 08:13 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

First impression is no myth however it must adapt to the situation and flow. High priced products require dress, cars and gadgets plus pomp & circumstance. Lower priced product relies on connection and credibility. Several things however stand out. Cleanliness, promptness & courtesy

Jun 07, 2019 07:08 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

15 years ago, I drove an older Toyota Corrola. I was hosting $1+ mil estates and had no trouble leveling with clients. Fast forward, I found out Civic is smaller and able to get around better than other vehicles. Clients even want to try out on my new Civics are equally impressed how much technology has improved. My broker drives a Fiat electric he rarely sells anything under 2M. M  Zukerburg near our neck of the woods often drives his Golf or Acura. Other competing broker does not drive he takes clients inside an airplane and drive home in a Tasla.

Never judge a person by what he wears or drives. In this area we have over 80 billionaires and quarter of a million millionaires they are only ordinary folks to most of us. 

Jun 07, 2019 07:02 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

It's an extension of your office, so it should be clean...nice is in the ete of the driver. These days people are in your car less so it probably matters less, but it does reflect on you with some clients. Depends on what your area considers "nice" too.

Jun 07, 2019 06:55 AM
Abby Stiller
SW Florida (239) 284-8637

It has to be clean and in good condition for sure.

Jun 08, 2019 07:25 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

The only thing that matters to me is what car this real estate professional drives.

Jun 07, 2019 05:33 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Clean and dependable helps with car and agent.

Jun 07, 2019 01:36 PM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

Depends.  introduce yourself blue head

Jun 07, 2019 11:37 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I think it does - a nice car denotes success, which might encourage potential  customers to want to work with you.

Jun 07, 2019 10:43 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Everyone has their own opinion on this, but it definitely has to be clean.

Jun 21, 2019 02:22 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Your car is your office so nice for sure.


Jun 08, 2019 05:31 PM