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Old 05-31-2018, 06:46 PM
 
Location: A place that's too cold
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Hub & I have purchased several homes in various states. We're currently living in Utah, but hope to move to TN when hub retires in another year or two. So whenever I'm visiting my son in TN, I usually look at houses while I'm there. I'm just using the same realtor my son used when he bought a house there a couple years ago.

This realtor is the first I've encountered that has us drive separately, following her from house to house. The last time, I did actually tell her I would prefer to ride with her, so that she could tell me about the areas we were driving through. She said ok, but I thought it was odd that I had to ask.

What's typical in your area?
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Old 05-31-2018, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ area
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I've never ridden with an agent even when we were using my wife's aunt. I'd rather be able to go off to whatever else I was doing that day right after then wait for them to take me back to my car/home. An agent depending on a commission to put food on the table is the last person I'd be asking to get info on an area. I'd bet it is a generational thing more than an area thing though; I'm 33 and have never been interested in the practice but my dad who is now 60 had his agent drive him around about 10 years back when he bought his last home.
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Old 05-31-2018, 07:26 PM
 
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I don't know what's typical, but I had to follow mine, he was busy and conducting business and handling calls from place to place I"m sure. I didn't know the area so following him around was tricky when I missed a light.
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Old 05-31-2018, 07:40 PM
 
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I’ve never driven with my agent, we always just followed in our own car.
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Old 05-31-2018, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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If it is a single client we will often offer to have them ride with us… If it's a couple I will sometimes ask but often assume they will want to follow so they can talk in between showings. :-)
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Old 05-31-2018, 07:46 PM
 
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We had to drive ourselves and follow the Realtor during the two separate weekend trips to Pittsburgh when I accompanied our son on his house hunt. I hated it! Urban traffic, unfamiliar roads, lots of traffic lights, etc. We had to keep a GPS running in our car with the address of the next home to ensure we would wind up in the right location each time.

Travel distance from my home to downtown Pittsburgh is 280 miles. So two round trips should have totaled 1,120 miles. I drove both trips and added 1,440 miles to my odometer, so the local driving from house to house to house totaled over 300 miles.


The follower is so intent on not losing sight of the lead vehicle that there is no opportunity to see local sights and landmarks.
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Old 06-01-2018, 05:21 PM
 
Location: A place that's too cold
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Ok, thanks for the replies. Interesting that I've had numerous realtors in 6 different states who seemed to expect we'd ride with them. They always had us meet at their office, then we'd head to their car. So that became very much my norm. I still prefer it, but now I know not to think poorly of our most recent realtor about it.
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Old 06-01-2018, 05:44 PM
 
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Years ago, before GPS, I rode with my Realtor and that was standard practice. Between houses, she appeared ill and pulled over. I asked what was wrong and she said she had had TEN cups of coffee that day and asked if I could drive. I did. :-)
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Old 06-01-2018, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Ok, thanks for the replies. Interesting that I've had numerous realtors in 6 different states who seemed to expect we'd ride with them. They always had us meet at their office, then we'd head to their car. So that became very much my norm. I still prefer it, but now I know not to think poorly of our most recent realtor about it.
I'm glad to have clients in my car.
I'm glad to have them follow.
I'm glad to have clients.


We can be more productive when they are in my car with conversation, comparing houses. And! We can all get lost together and only have one vehicle needing to do U-Turns!

When they follow, and fall back, and don't make the green lights, I sure hope they have GPS. Most do.
If they are going to follow, I just hope they don't have some superstition that they have to be 300 feet behind me....
And, more and more, we can just agree to meet at a house a few miles away with GPS.
But, this weekend, chasing new construction, we had several addresses on new streets which neither GPS could locate.
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Old 06-01-2018, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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It depends.

If they are from out of area and we are seeing a bunch of homes, they go with me unless they smoke, get carsick, or have kids. If we are seeing one or two, they follow me as I will book showings back to back and will take off from the last showing for another one.
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