Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ  (ReMax Realtec Group)

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Here's one change I'd love to see: have the NAR disappear.

Nov 28, 2018 05:30 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

       The Federal Government destroyed the automobile, through CAFE (absurd mileage requirements).  Cars got smaller and smaller; the Public doesn't want them.   That is why more than 60% of vehicles purchased are pickup trucks and full-size SUV's.

       Ford is dropping ALL cars, except Mustang, Focus (overseas), and Fusion (until March 2019, then it will be gone).

      GM / Chevy is dropping the Impala (!), the LaCrosse, and several more.

     As to the Real Estate industry:   

      NAR makes the list of destructive forces.   

      The internet - consumers can shop online, via Zillow and other sites.    

       Realtor greed.  "Coming soon" signs that help Realtors double-end the deal.

      Stupid Realtors - for example, the Houston agent that included trashy half naked models in the MLS photos.

Nov 28, 2018 05:18 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

And, when the next gas crunch comes, there will be a lot of trucks and SUV's being dumped and a renewed demand for fuel efficient cars.

Nov 28, 2018 06:17 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

in New England, most have an SUV.... I always had a Jeep Grand Cherokee and a fun car ( BMW hardtop convertible).... no I just have the fun car!!! 


Nov 28, 2018 07:00 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

You are likely correct. I seem to have read from several sources that people buy more SUVs than cars. Why Ford is no longer selling cars, only SUVs and trucks.

Nov 28, 2018 05:52 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

The coming shift is evident to those who follow the signs, many opportunities ahead, get out your checkbook.

Nov 28, 2018 05:27 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

I have SUV. 

With rains in our area it is very convenient. 

My mom loves a "normal" car.

Nov 28, 2018 06:59 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I am no longer on the front lines as a Realtor Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 but in Minot ND it is obvious that the buyers are much more hesitant to jump in despite a very good economy in out area. It still seems that new homes in new neighborhoods are selling the best but it is unusually slow considering a great economy.

Nov 28, 2018 06:39 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

So much so that even FORD is concentrating on the Pickup Truck/SUV market

I see the digital RE Market expanding with transactions being completely internet based. I've heard of some.

The employee model, or a version of it, may take hold.

Technology will advance by leaps and bounds.

BUT, I still see the need for a personal touch, eyeball to eyeball, belly to belly desire.

Nov 28, 2018 08:13 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I have resisted the long time trend toward SUV.  I prefer my AWD car.  I will be sad if they stop making them.

Nov 28, 2018 08:00 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

I like sedan.

Nov 28, 2018 07:20 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

In my local area price appreciation has exceeded average income and locals are being priced out of the market. We'll continue to to have sales because we are one of the top cities people are moving to across the country and people are coming from wealthier places with more cash, but at some point something is going to have to give.

Nov 28, 2018 08:09 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Will the real Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 please stand up?

Foreign investors - blockchain 

I cannot find the link to an article I read the other day on this. If I find it I will share it with you.  I sent it to my son - so it should be in my email. 

Cannabis - and funds used to purchase dispensaries - tracking all-cash purchases  - blockchain is a part of this. 

Nov 28, 2018 07:52 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

While the trend may be towards SUV’s and trucks, I am resisting. But will relent in the future

Nov 28, 2018 07:34 AM
PeterMark SEO
PeterMarkSEO - Holiday, FL
Real Estate Technology, SEO Web Development

Blockchain real estate

Nov 28, 2018 06:31 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I think in Montana, it was more like 80% were Trucks or SUVs. On my last trip we were keeping an eye on the vehicles. Where I am now in NY I think it's probably 25% trucks/SUVs. So as with real estate, it's local!

As for real estate, this is not what IS coming, but what I could see way in the future. I think buyers would love to be able to use totally online tools for buying their next house. Pull out your phone, look at available homes, be able to see a streetview of the neighborhood at different hours of the day, take a 3D walk-through virtual tour, maybe go see it in person if they really wanted to via a robot-tour, 3-d avatar or (gasp) an agent, be able to see past sales data etc, make a decision and then click "make offer." Offer is electronically submitted to seller or listing agent. back/forth finally gets accepted offer and the buyer hits "Purchase". They select whether to use cash or mortgage. If cash, money transfers to escrow account automatically pending title process which would only take minutes as systems pull all appropriate details. Deed transfers automatically and is filed with appropriate authority. If there was an agent still involved in the process, their commission is automatically transferred to their brokerage and pow-into their bank account.  If mortgage, the buyer can choose the appropriate mortgage from the choices given, and again, everything would be online.

Agents would be more useful on the seller side if they could provide some of these nifty tools - work with me, and you don't have to lift a finger! My marketing will be included in the new-nifty-online-buy-a-house tool. I'll provide an amazing door-to-door 3D video tool. For an extra fee, my housekat showing 'bot will prep your house for showings, let in the buyers, guide them through the home, record all discussions, let them out and lock up. You don't have to do a thing! 

I could go on and on, but have to run out!


Nov 28, 2018 09:51 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Another gas crisis and the American automaker will be out of luck. Within a decade I see all-in-one kiosks for home purchases which will qualify & approve loans, provide insurances and printing out closing statements. Associates will still collect small fees for opening doors though and all made possible through the veil of technology. It'll be a side venture for Uber.

Nov 28, 2018 09:38 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I prefer my Honda Accord for economical transportation.

Nov 28, 2018 08:34 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

for years sellers would ask for prices and get them. We forget the pendulum swings both ways. Now, there will be negotiations for price, repairs & ...?

Nov 28, 2018 07:30 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I like to sit up myself. We have 3 SUVs.

Nov 28, 2018 07:24 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

The SUV phenomena is true in the luxury end of it also. I am happy that electrical cars have become a significant trend. I think you have some excellent answers from the group.  No need for me to repeat.

Nov 28, 2018 07:17 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

As Fred Griffin said, in our industry, NAR is eating its own. 

Online syndication sites continue to out-rank those 'in-the-know' locals, hood-winking the consumer.

I've shown more homes in the past 6 months that are listed by agents who aren't 'present' to answer any questions - muchless have a conversation with. But, they're representing a higher number of sellers than I've seen in the Charlotte market.

As for GM - we SHOULD be outraged - we saved them and our industry suffered as the U.S. bailed them out. Now, they're tucking tail and keeping their overseas plants but, closing U.S. plants, putting the very people whose taxes were used to resurrect their business during the recession, out of work now. 

I hope the entire U.S. boycotts GM. Don't let the border hit you on your way out of our great country, GM!

Nov 28, 2018 08:39 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I bought my first SUV in 2000. Now, there are 2 SUVs in my garage. 

Nov 28, 2018 07:25 PM
DuWayne Orth
Premium Properties R.E. Services - Orlando, FL
Military Veterans & New Homes in Central Florida

I've noticed the same thing, and I believe US automakers are shifting to producing more trucks and SUVs and ditching car production. I remember hearing that a number of years ago, just before oil prices soared driving gasoline prices over $4.00 per gallon! I shopped for RAM truck just before that happened but decided to get a Camry. I'm glad I did! I couldn't imagine what my fuel expenses would have been with a pick-up! 

Now that we're on the subject of the shift to SUVs - why are many new homes still built with tiny garages? My home is 14 years old, and supposedly a two car garage. I dare say they must be talking about two compact or subcompact cars - it's that small!

Nov 28, 2018 05:10 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

The pension liabilities is what is killing GM and the other auto manufacturers.  Full salaries for workers long after they're retired and working somewhere else.  I've seen it several times out here.  40k/yr from GM and 40k/yr from Verizon (or wherever).


Add to it that SUVs do not fall under the MPG requirements that cars do, that is why FORD is no longer making it's sedans.


Big brother at it's finest.  Soon only SUVs and sports cars will be left... which will mirror my garage so I'm not worried.

Nov 28, 2018 03:11 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

And add to that, GM will cease hearse production! Gettin' so no one can die in style!

Nov 28, 2018 10:41 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

There are still plenty of people driving cars and liking cars myself included. Maybe it's because they haven't been making any nice looking cars lately.  I have been driving Pontiacs (GM product) since 1991 and am currently looking to replace my G8 with a car (not SUV, etc) only to find that foreign made cars/makes fare much better in comparison and not only in looks. 

Nov 28, 2018 10:30 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Gas prices are low and it's manageably cheap to fill up my F-150 . . .

But just like real estate markets, you hit a certain point, and there's nowhere to go but in the other direction:

" . . . market observers warn crude could see an increase following the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting on December 6 in Vienna, Austria. At that meeting, OPEC is expected to curtail crude production by 1 million to 1.4 million barrels per day, which could cause crude prices to rise due to reduced global supply, in turn causing gas prices to turn higher in America."

Enough increase in gas prices could also mean an uptick in sales of those disgusting little smart cars I fantasize about running over in my F-150!

Nov 28, 2018 09:53 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

It is wise to own an SUV in Denver.

Dec 02, 2018 08:13 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

We drive a Chevy Equinox...

Dec 02, 2018 06:22 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Driving back from the mountains last week 75% were SUV!

Dec 01, 2018 11:38 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have to say this would be a true statement

Nov 30, 2018 06:10 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Since this was on TV I've been noticing that is not true at least in my area. Kids start out in little cost efficient sedans.

Nov 29, 2018 07:49 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

well I think labor unions have ruined the american auto industry.  And I believe real estate is local local local.  We never had the value drops in my market like in many and our recovery was not on a time line with anyone else nor our fall.  I predict a couple more great years in my local market.

Nov 28, 2018 10:02 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Interesting .

Nov 28, 2018 05:53 PM