What's in your car when you are showing property?

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach

What's in your car when you are showing property?

Well, I guess this subject depends on where you live and the climate.

If you live in a cold region...I'd have a thermus jug with some hot water and some hot chocolate!

However, here in south east Florida, the weather is hot in the summer.  I always have a cooler with Gatorade, water, soda, snacks, and some treats for the little ones.

In  my area, I am always aware that many people that desire to retire in Florida may have a variety of health issues, I guess it's my 25 years of working in the health field that makes me worry and to be prepared.

The most serious customers that one may encounter on a showing is a diabetic.  Their sugar levels may fluctuate... after many hours of looking at property.  I always have candy, a Pepsi/Coke or two - not diet (no sugar) in my cooler in my trunk. 

I also keep some pretzels, some energy bars, some peanuts/dried fruits...Everyone is different and sometimes we are looking longer than we might expect.

What do you have in your trunk?  AND, I know...a screw driver, a hammer, RE signs, riders with your own name, pool, etc.

So, do you feel you need to be aware of the situations that you might incur while showing multiple properties.  Should you expect this?  Should you as an agent be prepared?  Do you know CPR and should you?

What do you  all think?  Public and agents here, this is important to me as an agent.

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Karen Monsour, REALTOR®

Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach
4757 N. Ocean Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
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Angela Penkin
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Great post, lots of good ideas. I think we're all working on what to do to make our business better and our clients happier and more comfortbale - just had an open Sunday at a new lisitng that is vacant - brought over, air fresheners, soap, TP, paper towels and bottled water. Fridge is off, so bottles are on the counter.

However, unless you are very organized (not me) - if we carry all this stuff there won't be room for clients. LOL. All kidding aside. I rarely have clients in my car. I'm curious, are most of the comments here from agents that are working with relocating buyers?

August 10, 2009 07:33 PM
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Mary Douglas
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
United Country Ponderosa Realty

Hi Karen, in winter I always have a shovel, extra hats and gloves plus several items mentioned - Summer, a lot of the items that have already been mentioned, and sunscreen and insect reppellant , and a 300 foot tape measure

Lot of great ideas here, I may have to add more to my already stuffed car!

August 10, 2009 09:10 PM
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Karen Monsour
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach

Well, thank you for all your wonderful comments!  I would love to answer all your comments, but at this point in time, I think I'm going to give KUDO's to Rachel.  She seems to have compiled a great list for me.

However, at this rate, I think I'll need to trade in my Nissan Altima for a large SUV of some sort or a motor home,

AFTER ALL, WE PROBABLY NEED A "PORT-A-POTTY" AS WELL AND THE KITCHEN SINK!

Fantastic ideas from everyone!  Thank you all for making this a very informative post!

Keep the suggestions coming.

HOW ABOUT A ROOF CARRIER? You know, just in case we need an extra baby car seat, a small cook stove and sleeping bags if heaven forbid we are stranded!!!

Seriously though, the responsibilities of a REALTOR(r) are numerous.

In south east Florida, it's very important to have cold water.  It doesn't take long for the water to be boiling in this heat.  Then again, we could offer hot tea and instant coffee with this.  Not really something requested often, then again, sometimes we are asked to stop at Starbucks when the customers fly in from the north and just arrived and are tired.

Then again, having a motor home with my logo on the side, might be a great marketing tool??? Then again, the cost of the gas to get around and me trying to drive it is a whole new story!

Please keep adding any pertinent information to the list!

IF WE COULD MAKE THIS SHORTER - WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE THE TOP 10 ITEMS?

August 11, 2009 06:57 PM
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Mark Velasco
Friendly Hills Homes for Sale - Whittier, Ca. Real Estate - Listings
Realty Source, Inc (Luxury Homes Division)

Wow Karen. I have not thought of the CPR thing. I guess that we need to keep the Client around to buy. lol

August 19, 2009 01:30 AM
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Karen Monsour
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach

Mark,

You just never know when a serious or life threatening situation will arise! You can never be to careful!

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