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Jane Kalinowsky
Pantanella & Partners - Redondo Beach, CA
3rd Generation REALTOR® SRES®, CCS® (Luxury)

lol... I had someone take a smoke break in the backyard of a house I was showing.  Then they had the nerve to through the cig in the pool after they were done. And guess what I had to do for the next ten minutes? First, tell them I would meet them at the next property. Then fish out a cig with a palm branch, in which was all on the owners video surveillance camera. The listing agent at least thanked me for cleaning up my clients mess! To top off the wonderful agent duties, of many, my buyers asked what took me so long to get to the next property. I just smiled and told them I had something that held me up. Who doesn't love their cash buyers?

Mar 18, 2015 06:48 PM
Kathleen Frawley
Keller Williams 916 730-4404 Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, Sacramento - Wilton, CA
South County Sacramento, 916 730 4404

I don't drive buyers around, they drive themselves. My job is to get them the best deal, so...smoke away, in your own car.

Mar 19, 2015 02:53 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

If they need to smoke they let me know and I let them smoke.  Not in any house being shown.  Outside ussually near the car. 

Mar 19, 2015 02:38 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Absolutely. I do not want them smoking in my car or in the homes. So as often as they need one, I will accommodate.

Mar 18, 2015 01:05 PM
M.C. Dwyer
Melody Russell Team at eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Sure, but not on a property they're touring...too much can go wrong!

Mar 19, 2015 04:20 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

No!!!  They better not stink up my car after the smoke break!!!

Mar 18, 2015 08:42 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I actually had a person light up an e-cigarette the other day that smelled like peaches. She asked after she blew the first billow of steam into the front seat. Then she said would you prefer mesquite, it smells like BBQ... (Weird)

Mar 18, 2015 01:22 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Paul, I haven't had this come up in ages.  I know almost nobody who smokes. 

Mar 18, 2015 01:03 PM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Thankfully this has never come up when I was driving, because I have a difficult time with smoky clothes and belongings in my car.  Other than that factor, if there is time, I'm okay with it. If I am driving and they ask, I don't have a poker face, so my guess is, they would not pursue the question.  LOL  

Mar 18, 2015 11:25 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I dont do house tours, or smoke breaks.

Dec 24, 2019 11:43 PM
Dipti Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
On a team with Praful Thakkar


Jul 30, 2018 11:09 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

If they smoke, yes.

Jun 21, 2018 05:46 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Coldwell Banker Realty


Jul 24, 2017 06:32 AM
Kerry L Klun, Broker/Owner
Palm Realty - Melbourne, FL

Nope, then they smell like cigarettes when they get back into my car. Yuk. If they insist, they only get a couple of drags in before we are off, OR they can drive their own car.

Mar 24, 2015 07:12 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Sure, I'm not without mercy. I've recently had the smoker drive seperately in his own car while the wife, baby & I drove a different car. It doesn't bother me as I used to be a smoker myself.

NEVER any smoking in a listing.

Mar 21, 2015 06:44 AM
Dale Taylor
Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois - Frankfort, IL
Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos

Smokers are always welcome to drive themselves.  I can only think of one time where I was forced to have that conversation.  The Guest of a Buyer riding in my vehicle asked me if I mind if they smoke?  I simply told them lovingly I'm not a smoker, and as a kid I risked getting slapped down by my parents for harassing them about smoking around me.  I gave them such a hard time about it, I guilt-ed them into quitting.  Next I asked the guest would you like for me to go all the way there, talking about life's first prize is great health?  The Guest never lit up a cigarette around me. 

Mar 20, 2015 04:28 PM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I have never been asked that question!  Wow, I guess I would...don't want them smoking in my car.

Mar 20, 2015 11:47 AM
Marilyn O'Donoghue
Long & Foster Avalon - Avalon, NJ

I found this to be an interesting question and enjoyed reading the posts.  I know very few smokers so have not had any experience with this situation.

Mar 20, 2015 09:10 AM
Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Notary Training, Consulting. Colorado Springs, CO

Now that medical and recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado, do buyers want a marijuana break? 

Mar 20, 2015 08:04 AM
Theresa Akin

They usually take their own cars. I was a smoker so I can understand the addiction. Problem is even after 30 years, at times I want one. I just don't need one. I never allow them to smoke on the property at all even if the sellers are smokers. They can smash the butts out in their car.

Mar 20, 2015 07:44 AM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR

I don't have smokers as clients! Most are  relocating and want me to drive as they are unfamilar with the area.

Mar 19, 2015 12:27 PM
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~

I have had worse.  I had somebody go into the bathroom for 10 minutes!!!

Mar 19, 2015 11:25 AM
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

I gave my buyers today time for a smoke break while we were out;)  Keeps them happy and no smoke in my car!

Mar 19, 2015 11:25 AM
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

I do not drive them around either- they follow me or just meet me there. They can talk and I can catch up on calls and breath deeply!!!

Mar 19, 2015 08:23 AM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

Giving a client a smoke break is something I can't say I have ever done.

Mar 19, 2015 06:56 AM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

I rarely drive buyers around. I have learned they focus more on the neighborhoods when they drive. As for smokers, I have not had a buyer who smokes in years!

Mar 19, 2015 04:55 AM
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

I have never had a smoke ride in my car. Usually buyers want to use their own car. 

Mar 19, 2015 04:50 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

Believe it or not, it's never been an issue, Paul. I think smokers often want to follow in their own rig - for obvious reasons. Fine by me. ;)

Mar 19, 2015 04:46 AM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Not unless they request a break.

Mar 19, 2015 03:52 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm not an agent, but I would have to think you would have to accommodate your clients.  Not allowing them to smoke in homes and in your car is pretty reasonable, so I would assume a break would have to be made time for!

Mar 19, 2015 03:40 AM
Sandy Bowley
Marshall Berch & Associates/PalmerHouse Properties - Atlanta, GA

I haven't had many smokers, but the ones I have had seem to fit in a smoke break.  They are polite about it and usually it's in between houses and my car.  If they don't actually smoke in the car, it's not a smell that lingers after they leave your car at the end of the day.

Mar 19, 2015 02:50 AM
Ron Aguilar
Gateway Mortgage Group - Saint George, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

Smokers? I have not met one in weeks

Mar 19, 2015 02:48 AM
Raoul Loustaunau
EXP REALTY - Phoenix, AZ

Paul , i seldon drive my client they usually follow me ,but if i know my client is a smoker i will not drive them on my car ;i am a non smoker and dont like the smell of it ; even if they dont smoke in the car the car will end smelling like ashtray because they smell like smoke, no offence to smoker ;have a great day Paul

Mar 18, 2015 11:08 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Most smokers know they need to drive their own car. 

The real challenge to me would be if they were in my car and pulled out one with a blue tip.

I don't know what I would do.

Mar 18, 2015 10:32 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I havent had to deal with anyone ready to escape the car for one. I think the only smoker i had in recent memory would go hide behind a tree to smoke at every home we got to. 

Mar 18, 2015 10:15 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

It is so rare I have a smoking client that I don't really remember what I do. Typically, they will have a quick smoke outside once we've left a home.

Mar 18, 2015 09:28 PM
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

Had nevert thought about it until now. what a great question!

Mar 18, 2015 07:25 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Paul Henderson just thought about it - and surprisingly, hardly any of them smoke - at least while at showing!

Mar 18, 2015 03:29 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I don't drive my clients around.  They usually don't smoke.

Mar 18, 2015 01:09 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I don't put buyers in my car so they can smoke whenever they want. 

Mar 18, 2015 12:27 PM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Paul, I just don't even give it as an option.  The smoke stays on the clothes and then you are trapped with that smell inside your vehicle.  Not for me.

Mar 18, 2015 12:06 PM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

If they want to stop and step outside for a smoke, that's okay with me if we're not pressed for time.

Mar 18, 2015 10:53 AM