I need some help?

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Real Estate Sales Representative with Island Sotheby's International Realty R(S)54927

I need some help?

 

Okay I think I am going green. My wife and daughter are recycling. I am starting up my vegetable garden and I am in the process of planting 18 papaya trees. So I am adjusting to the market as I see it.  Do you get the feeling our lifestyle is changing as we have known it and it will never be the same. Will we end up driving these little bubble cars that go 30 miles an hour but they get 100 miles per gallon.  Air lines tickets are going through the roof not a good sign.  Good news is that Opec and other sources of oil production are pumping out more oil and prices might drop.

I was talking to a friend that just came back from China.  She said everyone there is driving big Lexus and BMW'S.  Gas is not an issues for them with there new wealth.  Well it looks like our wealth is being suck out of the American people with high gas prices and food prices rising. So I am in the process of adjusting my life style as many Americans are doing right now.

So here is my question that I need help with. I am looking for that perfect real estate car that gets 30 to 35 miles per gallon and looks good to haul my clients around town. I would really like to hear from the rain community on great suggestions to help me find that good looking, fuel efficient automobile.

Mahalo,

Steve

 

 

 

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Steven C. Nickens R(S), GRI,ABR

Island Sotheby's International Realty

The Shops at Wailea

161 Wailea Ike Dr.

Wailea, Maui, Hi 96753

www.nickensmaui.com

Cell: 808-280-2208

Email:nickens@maui.net

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Rainmaker
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Donna Yates Real Estate - serving
ReMax Town and Country - Blue Ridge, GA
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Interesting question.  I'm parked here to see what all the suggestions are.  What you are looking for is a real estate agent's dream in the current climate with fuel prices what they are and probably going up even higher.  $4.00 here and that went up overnight.  Crazy, how it jumps in one night.

May 25, 2008 06:54 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Katharine Carey
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA

Steven, Its hard not to want to do your part and get a fuel efficient car with the state of mind being green. I spent almost a year hemming and hawing over what choice I was going to make for my realtormobile. Now, I'm not a big gal 4'10 to be exact and I need a car that would fit me as well as others I was driving around.

The mileage on my car (suv) is average at best 14-19 mpg but my clients are comfortable. After many test drives and looking at the options I ended up with an Audi Q-7 and very happy. I wish you the best in your decision. Do you really drive all around the island or do you stay in Wailea mostly?

Christian had a point with the numbers, not saying I wouldn't love to have one of those cute little smart cars. It boiled down to the comfort factor for my customers for me.

May 25, 2008 03:52 PM #22
Rainmaker
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Georgie Hunter
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

stretch golf cart

 

Here you go Steve.... it's parked outside your office waiting for you... haha

May 25, 2008 05:10 PM #23
Rainmaker
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Steven Nickens
Island Sotheby's International Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Georgie with some surf racks I like it.

Steve

May 25, 2008 05:24 PM #24
Rainmaker
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Steven Nickens
Island Sotheby's International Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Katharine,

I agree that it's important that our client's are comfortable. We are currently at $4.41 gal.  Over $5 gallon I am betting on is the new price up there with the Europeans. I am looking down the road so there has to be that magic car.

May 25, 2008 05:39 PM #25
Rainmaker
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Chuck Willman
Gentry Realty - Mesa, AZ
Realtor - Arizona - 480.292.0600

I was asking myself the same question... I'll be definitely be keepin up with this thread.

May 25, 2008 05:42 PM #26
Rainmaker
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Steven Nickens
Island Sotheby's International Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Thanks Joan,

I am working on the math.  I am really enjoying all of the feed back, a lot of food for thought. After I digest all of my fellow Rain Bloggers comments I am feeling pretty informed.

Steve

May 25, 2008 05:43 PM #27
Rainmaker
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Steven Nickens
Island Sotheby's International Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Denise,

 I heard the new Camary is pretty sharp.

David Sak,

Okay now this really interest me.  Are you using the vortex, I know things like that exist.

Steve

May 25, 2008 05:48 PM #28
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Jill McGovern
Wailea Makena Real Estate Inc - Wailea, HI

Hi Fellow Wailea Realtor,

I am a Broker Associate with Wailea Makena Real Estate Inc. and am very happy that you are also going green. I bought a Toyota Camery Hybird a couple months ago and boy was I glad I drove a suburban prior and was in a CCIM class discussing the rising cost of oil and really thought you know I should get out of this thing, so glad I did. I think that we all should be looking into other choices and anything that saves the water and enviroment I am all for. Builders in Hawaii are looking into some great alternatives on building there green contact me for some of the great ideas being explored. Jill McGovern

May 25, 2008 08:11 PM #29
Rainer
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Jennifer Kladny
Premier Servicing Company, LLC - Kittanning, PA

Maybe a Honda Civic?  My school teacher friend has one and claims she gets 36 MPG. 

I driven them all - foreign cars seem the best to me.  JENNIFER

May 25, 2008 08:19 PM #30
Rainmaker
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Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

Im assuming you wont be happy with a horse and carriage???  :-)  My idea of going green is getting a bike.  Cant haul anything with it, but I get great gas milage!  LOL

May 25, 2008 08:23 PM #31
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Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

I'm with those that suggested the Toyota Prius...that is going to be my next car...saying goodbye to BMW!

May 26, 2008 08:00 AM #32
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Thom Abbott
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Great posts everyone! I'm currently in a lease on a Sonata, and I thought I would get better mileage. It gets about 22 avg in the city....guess that's not all bad, but when it costs $53 to fill it up, ouch!

Thanks for the info on the Camry Hybrid. My lease is up next summer, and it will really be about the price on the lease and the price on the gas.....and I sooooooo glad I did not get the SUV!!!

May 26, 2008 09:59 AM #33
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Robert L. Brown
www.mrbrownsellsgr.com - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Michigan

Toyota Prius. My sister in law has one. She's getting a phenomenal 45 mpg. Not too bad.

May 26, 2008 10:32 AM #34
Rainmaker
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Steven Nickens
Island Sotheby's International Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Clint,

 I just got rid of the horse. feed was to high,actually it was my daughters. As far as green my compost pile is happy. I do have a mountain bike that I put to use.

Thom,

I am going to check out the Camry.

Jill,

Good job on the Camry. I am dring a VW Tourag and I love it. The gas isn't great so I am on the hunt.

May 26, 2008 12:16 PM #35
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Jan Huchteman
Associate Broker, Duffy Realty - Decatur, GA

Hi Steve:

I am looking for a new car, too, while thinking about gas mileage and comfort for my clients, but at the same time, sporty looking.   I have been renting cars for a couple of days at a time to make sure I really like what I buy.  You might try that.   I am leaning toward the Nissan Altima.  Check out the reports on edmunds.com.  It has impressed the experts who are now rating it higher than the Accord and Camry.  Good Luck!   

May 26, 2008 05:32 PM #36
Rainmaker
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Steven Nickens
Island Sotheby's International Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Hi Jan,

The Altima is looking so far like my first choice other than the horse and buggie.

Steve

May 26, 2008 08:56 PM #37
Rainer
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Es r
CSR - Huntington, TX

I heard something pretty interesting the olther day. If you track the dot.com bbom, there was a bubble and when it busted prices dropped by almost 75%. There was a housing bubble and when it is all said and done, prices may drop by as much as 75%. There is also an oil bubble. Look for prices to drop, significantly? I don't know. I think I heard this on the radio, but I can't remember. Maybe it is just wishful thinking? Thanks

May 27, 2008 11:23 AM #38
Rainmaker
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Carol Lee
Dilbeck Real Estate - Oak Park, CA
Realtor - Agoura, Oak Park, Westlake CA Homes

Interesting reading in this post.  I have a honda CRV that gets 23-25 MPG, has almost 100K miles on it, is paid for, and runs like a dream.  I also have 2 teenaged male drivers.  Insurance sucks.  Though I would love a hybrid ( I have always thought the Prius was cute, even before it was cool), I just can't justify the cost of a new car when this one runs so well.  As someone above said, need to look at the total picture, and see how the numbers pencil out.

We all need to think about how we can go greener, and hybrids are one way.  Here ingreater Los Angeles, as in most cities I imagine, it is rare for anyone to drive less than 70MPH on the freeway.  If we went back to 55 PMH on  the highways as we did in the 70's it would improve the gas situation, as well as safety.

While many disagree, I think if we all do our little bit, it adds up.

May 28, 2008 12:09 AM #39
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Steven Nickens
Island Sotheby's International Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Carol,

I agree the total picture will be different for each of us. With oil in demand in the world it is not going to get any better. So I am looking at adjusting.

May 28, 2008 04:16 PM #40
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