JL's Columbia SC Real Estate Blog: How Often do You Use a Drive Thru

How Often do You Use a Drive Thru

Columbia, SC Real Estate One thing is for certain today, people like convenience. People love the advancements in technology that allow them to do their shopping from their living room, and run through the drive thru to pick up dinner. It makes things easier for many people, and of course there is our favorite thing, convenience.

 But real estate is and always has been a people business. In the end it is people that you are here to help. People buy homes and sell houses and it's their best interests that you are here to protect. And since you are in a people business, and it's people that you represent, then in the end you have to be around people. Every time you interact with people, it creates an opportunity to get to know someone and a chance that they or someone that they know may need the services that you provide.

Columbia, SC Real Estate

 I know how nice it can be to pull into the gas station, pull out the old debt card, and pay at the pump. Then jump back in your car, drive away, and go on about your life. But when you do this, you don't interact with people. You don't walk in, talk to the cashier, or anyone else who may be waiting in line as well. Like I said, you never know who will need your help or where you will meet them.

 The same can be said for anything else that has a drive thru. I know what a hassle it can be to get out of your nice comfortable car to walk into a place, but there are benefits to doing such a thing. First and foremost is your opportunity to interact and engage other humans. And even if you don't meet your next client, you benefit from a few extra steps in your day and burning a few extra calories. So since you represent people, try taking every chance to put yourself in front of people.


JL Boney, III - Columbia, SC Realtor - Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

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Comment balloon 62 commentsJL Boney, III • January 27 2010 02:10PM


Everything has a drive thru in todays world.

Posted by Jim Startzman (Long and Foster Real Estate) about 9 years ago

JL - Technology is mandatory. But nose to nose and toes to toes are how my clients are handled.

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) about 9 years ago

JL...I rarely will pay at the pump or use any drive thru.  You never know when you meet your next sale!  Rarely happens sitting in the car!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 9 years ago

Some good points here - maybe I'll re-think a few of my drive throughs, thanks.

Posted by Corinne Guest, Barrington Lifestyles (Barrington Realty Company) about 9 years ago


This is so true ... we are in a people business after all! Congrats on the feature.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 9 years ago

OK, JL, good point. I need gas tomorrow so I will go inside to pay. And maybe talk to someone else at the pump about the impending snow storm we having coming and how it affects the local real estate market. :-)

Posted by Marney Kirk, Towson, Maryland Real Estate (Cummings & Co. Realtors) about 9 years ago

How often do I use a drive though? Every single day, some times more than once.

While I agree that face to face is the best, I know my clients love the fact that they can have everything at their fingertips, upon demand so to speak.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) about 9 years ago

Great post and congrats on the feature.  I have to sometimes stop and think to go into the bank instead of the drive thru.

Posted by Lisa Stafford, Broken Arrow OK Homes For Sale (Broken Arrow, Tulsa, McGraw Realtors) about 9 years ago


I couldn't agree more!  I go to Walgreens because I can drive-thru 24 hours a day.  But ...... as you point out, we need to be out with the people!  I do like to give the clerk at the window my business card and have a chat.  I recently went into AT&T to have my phone looked at and ended up selling the guy who helped me a house!  Thanks for reminding us to get out with the people everyday!  You may be too young for this, but we also used to go the loan application with our buyers and actually hand deliver our offers to the listing agent!  I have decided I liked that way better, and am going to start doing it again when possible!  Happy serving and selling in 2010!

Posted by Karen Pannell, Owensboro KY Real Estate -270-903-2167 Homes, Cond (Real Living / Home Realty) about 9 years ago

I could not agree more.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 9 years ago

I could not agree more.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 9 years ago

Lets hope that they dont come up with drive through hand gun shops or drive through cutlery stores.

Posted by James Lyon (Vista Pacific Realty) about 9 years ago

I almost always park and go inside. I like to get out of my car and besides I can't eat and drive and check my email at the same time.

Posted by Tom Hall (Coral Shores Realty, 1119 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954-610-4186) about 9 years ago

Amerititle used to have a drive thru.  Back in the day, the builders used to use it all the time. 

Posted by Geoff ONeill (John L. Scott Medford) about 9 years ago

I like being in front of people.  I'm not much for fast food, so I'm not big on drive thrus except for the occasionaly Starbuck's when I have my little one in the car.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 9 years ago

JL- Great point!  I am not big on fast food, but I am guilty of drive-thru banking or the pay online for anything I possibly can.  Without fail, though, the times that I go inside a business to drop off a payment or do my banking, I asked about real estate.  Thanks for the great reminder!

Posted by Jen Olson (First Weber Group Realtors) about 9 years ago

You make a great point. By going in you have more of an opportunity for someone tosee your name tag and the possiblity to strike up a conversation.

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) about 9 years ago

I don't use a drive through that often....I'm too busy thinking of how I can meet new people to see if they might need help buying or selling real estate. Great points, JL!

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) about 9 years ago

JL~  I'm with you on this one!! BUT I do like to use the drive-thru for In-N-Out Burger...their help is amazing and very courteous! :)

Posted by Stephen Arnold, CRS, GRI, SFR (HomeSmart Elite Group) about 9 years ago

I'm too 'green' to use a drive through, and I drive a Prius! It's a waste of the earth's resources to idle while waiting in the drive-thru line.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) about 9 years ago

We love drive throughs -- especially at banks.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) about 9 years ago

Belly to Belly.  I dont' use drive thrus much.  I even get out of the car when I hit a Starbux that has drive thru.  I'll have to think about why I do that.  But point well taken get out and meet the people.

Posted by Frank Castaldini, Realtor - Homes for Sale in San Francisco (Compass) about 9 years ago

Wow!  I have to say that probably isn't something I really thought about until now!!



Posted by Wendy Rich-Soto, Realtor Strategize, Stage, Sell, Owner of SellingLASouthBay.com @ the WRichTeam (Keller Williams Realty, LA Harbor) about 9 years ago

I once tried to walk thru the drive thru at my bank and they said I had to be in a car.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker about 9 years ago

I picked up a client at the bakery/deli I like to frequent for lunch.  Good thing I go there often and they DON'T have a drive-thru.  Great post!

Posted by Kim Bush, The Neighborhood Expert (Coldwell Banker Towne Realty) about 9 years ago

I use drive through a couple times a week to eat and get gas two to three times a week. When I change my oil I drive in and sit and drive out.

Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) about 9 years ago

 I do wish they had a grocery store drive-thru for when I just need some milk! Great idea about myself in front of people more often!

Posted by Lisa Schlitz, Realtor - Wellington, Florida Homes 561-214-3216 (Home Run Real Estate, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Hi Jl ~ Glad to see some fellow drive-through holdouts in the comments.  I rarely use them and I never pump my own gas except in emergencies.  I don't bag my own groceries either - not my job - and people need jobs!


Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) about 9 years ago


Here in Massachusetts where it is cold so many of us just want to stay in the a warm car to pick up prescriptions and do banking. But, it is a good point that we should get out and interact more with people.


Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) about 9 years ago

I drive through to pick up whatever I can. Burrrrrrrrrr it is cold in Michigan and I hate to get out. But excellent point on engaging with people in a people business. Oh at the pharmacy I engage as I have to sign.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 9 years ago



The real problem with a drive through, is that it's much slower. And, if there's a problem. you're in a real mess. Have you ever seen 20 cars trying to back up?


If you drop in the building to pick up a coffee, if there's a problem, you can leave, you're not trapped there for 40 minutes.



Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) about 9 years ago
What a simple concept. But a great one! And biting more calories? Awesome
Posted by Trisha P Realty Group, "Holding the Keys to Your Dream Home" (Realty Executives) about 9 years ago

We use the drive through lots during baseball season but most of the time I walk in. I meet so many out and about.

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) about 9 years ago

Since McD offers that cafe line, I love to drive-thru and order a large black coffee. That's it. No burger and fries, thank you. Just a large black coffee. But, sometimes I can't help myself and get a bag of cookies or an ice cream cone. I mean, what the heck, it's a reward for getting rejected by for telling the truth to a seller, or, showing 15 houses to a tire kicker Buyer.

Posted by Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore (Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance) about 9 years ago

Just the other day I drove through the drive thru at my bank, dry cleaners, Chick-fil-a, utility company, and even the post office boxes. I realized that I ran all of my errands without leaving the car.

Posted by Home Loan Search.Online (Home Loan Search Online) about 9 years ago

This reminds me of another post I just read about Re/Max opening up offices in Stop and Shop Supermarkets in Massachusetts. 

Posted by David Cahill (Century 21 Cahill Associates) about 9 years ago


Can't tell you how often I hand out a card or two in Dunkin Donuts! One owner used me to find his new home.

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) about 9 years ago

What the internet allows us to do is make it easier to connect with strangers. After that, our task is to make them friends.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) about 9 years ago

OUCH! I've been busted. And for all the whining I have done about how hard it is to meet people.....thank you for the much-needed kick in the rear!!

Posted by Dawn Nuzzi ('Til Dawn Real Estate) about 9 years ago

I rarely use a drive-through because, believe it or not, it's often faster to park, get out of my car and go into the store to get what I want. Try going to Walgreens sometime. Those clerks are on the phone or helping in-store customers while the cars in the drive-through are backed up.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Alas, the truth hurts.  Unfortunately I have yet to find any clients on my doorstep or jump into my car at a stop sign (or a drive thru).  Time to get out there and meet my public!

Posted by Jenna Dixon, Empowers You With a Better Real Estate Experience (DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate ) about 9 years ago

JL, nice post. I guess it is a personal thing. I never ever go through a drive through. I always park and go in. Even when I get gas, 75% of the time I go in and get a bottle of water and talk to the attendant. It's just habit.

Posted by Ted Tyndall, I will help You find the Home YOU want to Buy (Davidson Realty Inc.) about 9 years ago

Thoughtful post.  I think I will go in more often whether it is fast food, the bank or whereve!   Although not a drivethrough, makes me remember one of my first sales in real estate came from the laundromat.  Sunday afternoon, my washer broke down, I was NOT in the mood to talk to anyone while waiting for wash to finish as I was in the rattiest sweats, hair a mess, no makeup and in a foul mood!  I was trying to watch TV and ignore everyone else when this young woman started talking to me about her brother selling her an old mobile home (I had my REALTOR pin on my sweatshirt).  I was cursing myself for forgetting to take off the pin thinking that she was going to spin my wheels and never buy anything from me (she looked all of 15 - was early 20's).  Well, I sold she and her husband a house shortly after.  You never know!!!

Posted by Diana Hoyt (Lakes Region Buchanan Group, Ossipee, NH) about 9 years ago

Great Post. Sales is a contact sport, got to contact potential customers to be successful.

Posted by Stephen Garner, Hub Media Company (Hub Media Company) about 9 years ago

This is a good post.  I think a lot of REALTORS don't take advantage of opportunities that present themselves.

Posted by Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE (Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert) about 9 years ago

my wife never understood why I always go inside the bank to make deposits until the teller bought a house from me.

Posted by Mike Russell, Overland Park Kansas Real Estate (Mike Russell & Associates) about 9 years ago

Very true!!  I have come across a lot of prospects while standing in lines.  We all seem to get comfortable, sitting behind our computers, and we forget to interact.  You'll gain more business if people really know who you are, not just your face and name.

Posted by Michelle Fradella-Barfuss, Author of "Top 10 Mistakes Agents Make When Market (Marketing Coach - ERA Brokers Consolidated) about 9 years ago

JL - very true. Getting in front of people is what it is all about. You never know who you are going to meet.

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) about 9 years ago

Good post, JL.  Get out of the car and meet people!  It's good for our business and also helps burn a few extra calories.  A true win, win.

Posted by Todd Kenthack, MBA, GRI (The Pines Realty) about 9 years ago

JL - great points here. I only use drive-throughs for gas, although we seem to have it for about everything you can imagine here in SoCal. You are so right - driving through the Internet and the social media and blogging world is important but cannot take the place of face-to-face interaction for most folks. We are seeing more and more stsuff being handled only through on-line, though.

This was a good analogy.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) about 9 years ago

Just like in everything else, it is important to take time and smell the roses, per se. Rushing through everything from a hamburger to a listing appointment is not the way to live life.

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) about 9 years ago

I totally agree with you on this post -- make daily connections, even if they are not directly related to getting new business. They will help you.

Posted by Aaron Vaughn | Builder | Investor, If the deal makes sense, the cash will follow. (Conifer Homes) about 9 years ago

I never really thought about this.  I have missed many opportunities rushing around and trying to move to the next thing.  Sometimes you got to stop and smell the roses and i am one that needs to apply that.  Maybe it will bring me more business.

Posted by Sajy Mathew, Making your real estate dreams become a reality! (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 9 years ago


I seldom use a drive through for anything. Talking to peopl allows me to hand out another card.

Posted by Terry Chenier (Homelife Glenayre Realty) about 9 years ago

Great points!  I do tend to do the drive-thru thing at the bank when it's single-digits co-o-old outside, but otherwise I usually park, walk, and interact with folks.  It seems like such a simple thing but it's so easy to get so wrapped up in our own heads that sometimes the best thing we can do is make human contact.  Not necessarily to generate sales, but to simply reconnect with the outside world.

Technology is great, but it can be pretty darn isolating.  Great post and good "fast food" for thought!

Posted by Kim Brown, Keene, NH - New England at its Best! (Keller Williams Realty) about 9 years ago

Face Time. It is our job.

Posted by Trevor Elliott (RE/MAX Integrity) about 9 years ago

Evening JL,  I remember the story of an agent who would do a drive through and leave a couple bucks and his card and ask the clerk to use the money to pay part of bill for the next person in line and to include his card .

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) about 9 years ago

JL, sometimes going INSIDE the restaurant the lines are SHORTER. Don't believe everything you think. Beer barn drive throughs are my favorite LOL.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 9 years ago

You can get married in Vegas at a drive up window by Elvis.  Really!  There are also drive up mortuaries where you can pay your respects to the departed one from the comfort of your car.  Ugh

Posted by Carol Pease, CRS, Broker-Associate 512-721-6320 (JP & Associates Realtors) about 9 years ago

JL - Great post.  Maybe I impressed on that fellow at the gas station that I was honest...by trudging back in???  My broker tells me to get out more, too...I make acquaintances quite easily.  Thanks for the reminder...

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) about 9 years ago

I was shocked a few years ago when in New Orleans that has drive-thru daiquiri places!

Posted by Wayne Golliday (Mobile Home Sales of Florida LLC) about 9 years ago
JL, great look at the disconnect of interaction for the sake of convenience, gave me some ideas.
Posted by Pete Xavier, Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide (Investments to Luxury) about 6 years ago