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sleeping.JPGStacey Moncrieff, Editor in Chief of Realtor magazine, has an article about using the car less.  Does she realize who her audience is?  As a realtor, how do you plan to use your car less?  How could you?  Let’s all make a pact to walk to our next inspection.  I don’t have one scheduled until Monday, but I’d better start now. 

Walking to do my errands?  I don’t think so.  With the little free time I have, the last thing I want to do is walk to pick up and carry back a grocery cart full of errands.   

“At first, it wasn’t easy.”  Hello? 

Read on.  Oh, she’s talking about public transportation.  That makes sense.  Oh, in that case, let me check the bus schedule for Monday’s inspection.

Read on.  Oh, forget it.  I’m bored.

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As a lifelong resident and local Realtor, Vicki has established herself as a respected member of the San Mateo County real estate community. She’s known for her wit, sarcasm, and her personality that shows through in her posts. You can find her spouting off at Twitter, here at ag, and her personal blog, San Mateo Real Estate Blog.com.

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Mariana

    January 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Ooh! How about we all meet at the bus stop and spend the day looking at properties. I will pick up the bus fare, because THAT would be less expensive and less time consuming than driving … not!

  2. Christina Ethridge

    January 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    I have been, in a word, disgusted with the lame excuse for a ‘magazine’ NAR puts out for us. It’s 99% advertising and 1% articles of non-interest (oh wait, they do have some stuff that is interesting, if only it wasn’t OLD NEWS).

  3. Benn Rosales

    January 4, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    An online magazine with blogs by the authors would be so more effective and impressive. The trouble would be our dues would still remain high and they would simply cut the magazine.

  4. Andy Kaufman

    January 4, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    I know that I’m in the very small minority here and I often think how of how odd it is, but I actually leave my car at the office and ride mass transit to and from the office.

    In addition to getting some exercise walking to and from the BART stations, I get 70 minutes on the train to study, plan, read, or pick up a new skill. (right now it’s teaching myself how to type)

    god i’m such a dork 😉

  5. Joe Peffer

    January 4, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Andy, You’re not so much a dork as a Earthy do-gooder. That’s a good thing and a better thing than my 18 mpg Cadillac allows me to be.

    Being a Realtor does mean driving all over hell and back more often than not so Vicki’s comment about the appropriateness of the article is pretty spot on. Oddly, I’d just finished the same article moments before reading her post.

  6. Larry Yatkowsky

    January 4, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Follow-up to Go-Green-Scooters: New model – Think Flintstones:
    There’s a motorless version on special at the Green DinoBone scooter shop till the weekend. Thigh bone handle bars – so pretty! With love, its an all realtors welcome-to-reality gift for Ms. Moncrieff. The ultimate green machine. Watch as Stacy, Wilma and Betty pitter-patter down the road to an open house. yah gotta luv it!

  7. Ines

    January 4, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Funny we’re thinking about driving, I just finished 10 tips to drive in Miami.

    And to think of the distances here. I am doing my part – I changed my 8 cylinder guzzler to a 5 cylinder…..not bad, huh?

  8. Scoot

    January 4, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    I could check the bus schedule all day long but the bus would never pick me up where I’m at! I believe I would have to walk about 15 to 30 miles away to get to where a bus is, but that bus would never bring me back to where I need to be. Let alone take me where I need to go.
    How much of the US population actually has mass transit that they can use?
    How do you haul clients around? “Mr. Client would you like to see this property? Let’s catch a bus. I’ll sit by you so you won’t be sceered.”

  9. Josh

    January 5, 2008 at 2:07 am

    I second Ines’ comment. Once my lease is up in July, I’m trading my six cylinder for a four cylinder and couldn’t be happier.

    The original article author could be onto something for agents who live in areas where mass transportation is an option but for the NYC suburbs, my area of business, the local area transportation is a joke. We have trains that go to and from NYC, buses that do the same and highways. That’s all so her suggestions are lost on me but if you can, do use mass transportation.

  10. Darren Kittleson

    January 5, 2008 at 9:13 am

    This is interesting. One area I’ve been trying to get my associates to look at is in “narrowing their focus” in this business. What I mean by that is too often we try to be “everything to everybody” and try to offer service to any ready willing and able buyer or seller. What if we became more narrow in our focus and just worked a very limited geographic area? I know that’s not possible in every market but in many it would be. One of our geographic farms consists of 332 households. In 2007 we listed and/or sold 8 propoerties in this farm. That equated to almost $100K in GCI. We can work this farm by walking. Most of our potential buyers know they want this particular neighborhood before they find us. Along with that we’re now tackling our newly energized downtown condo market. I’ve discovered over 2000 households between condo high rise buildings and single family homes all within a 15 block radius. I’m looking forward to leaving my car parked in the days to come of $4/gallon gas.

  11. Mariana

    January 5, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    We have – by far – the worst public transportation system in the entire world. Bar none. The last time I actually SAW a city bus, here in the Springs, it was coming at me full force from behind and slamming me into an intersection.

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