Pros and cons of buying a luxury car in real estate

Buying an automobile as a real estate agent is no small affair. It’s a big part of your job. You travel in it to and from the office, as well as to meet clients. If you’re in the market for a new ride, you owe it to yourself to think about how your car can help you in business. Pro: It’s a sign of success People want to do business with a successful real estate agent. Showing up in a nice car will often be interpreted as evidence that you are good at selling homes. Con: ...

Six budget friendly cars for real estate agents

Not every real estate agent wants to spend an outrageous amount of money on a car. Real estate agents who serve families with limited incomes or retirees settling into a modest bungalow may want to be more conservative (and frugal) about their ride. We listed six budget-friendly cars that all have a reputation for good quality. All cost less than $25,000 for the base model and offer gas mileage of 25/30 or better (city/highway). The mentioned prices are MSRP’s (manufacturer suggested retail price) so in many instances it will be possible to snag a better deal. Ford Focus ...

Best winter tools for REALTORS® to keep in their cars

Real estate agents, next to truck drivers, may know the wrath Mother Nature can unleash on the roads better than any other business professional. When winter arrives, frigid arctic storms can shut down roads and strand motorists from Dallas to Dubuque and Portland to Providence. For agents to remain safe and ready to go the distance for their clients, it pays to be prepared for the worst. Here are some tools we found that will come in handy should you find yourself facing a blizzard or ice storm in the coming winter months: Ice scraper A must-have for ...

Four ways to protect your car against winter weather

There are many reasons that car maintenance should be a top priority for real estate agents, and the winter weather is definitely an important one. With the colder temperatures come more risks: stalled cars, accidents on the road, and poorly inflated tires. The best way to prevent any of these incidents from happening is to make sure your car is protected beforehand. Here are four ways to keep your car winter ready so you can stay safe on the road: Battery life The battery is the life force behind your running car ...

Do you want a car with that?

In a rational world, homes might only be negotiated based on dollars and cents. But there are instances when a real estate agent can throw in a little present to seal the deal for the buyer. Of course every real estate agent will have to help his client make a decision on what should be spent on the incentive (you will not give away a $14,000 car to make an extra $5,000 on the sale). And working with too many different vendors for your gifts will not pay off either because it will keep you from being in ...

New car hacking: how to make that old car look new

For many agents, having a brand new car every other year or so is simply not in the cards. But just because a car isn’t new doesn’t mean it can’t look like a million bucks with you behind the wheel. Before you pull up to your next listing, here are some practical (and affordable) tips to make the best first impression possible: Deep cleaning Just like you would clean a house before potential buyers walk through, doing the same for your car works wonders for its appearance. A good deep cleaning can be achieved by getting both ...

10 ways to save money on your car

Outside of a few big cities, driving is key to the life and work of a real estate agent. Unlike other professionals, it’s not so much about the commute as the work itself. You are constantly driving around town to scope out properties with clients. That means you need a car that is reliable and presentable. Unfortunately, a car that provides you both of those things can eat up a big chunk of your income. That’s why you need to always be on the lookout for ways to save money on your vehicle. Here are a few tips. Consider ...

6 things real estate agents should always keep in their cars

6 things real estate agents should always keep in their cars Your car is your rolling office, so treat it like one! Stock it with everything you could possibly need for a normal day at work plus those times when things don’t quite go as planned. You don’t want to be running to the nearest convenience store 20 minutes before a showing to take care of that minor spill or mishap. Agents take note! You should always keep these things in your car to keep your day running smoothly… Umbrella We all know the weatherman isn’t always ...

What your car says about you as a real estate agent

How many times have you heard the phrase ‘don’t judge a book by its cover?’ We can pretend we don’t, but it’s almost impossible not to have a first impression of someone based on their appearance, clothes and car. As a real estate agent it is important to focus on your outward appearance because you want your client to have the best impression of you from the get-go. Starting with what you drive up in. . .   Cars speak volumes about the person in the driver’s seat. Think about it. Have you ever seen ...

10 luxury cars that impress for less

Real estate agents are in an image-conscious profession. There’s a generally held belief that if you dress well and drive a nice car, your clients and prospects will perceive you as successful and trustworthy. Well, not all real estate agents, especially ones early in their career, can afford to buy a $95,000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class or roll around a top-of-the-line Cadillac Escalade Platinum edition. It’s still possible, however, for a real estate agent to check the luxury box without breaking the bank along the way. Here are 10 luxury cars for 2016 that are guaranteed to impress for less: Buick Verano: starts at $21,065 ...