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It was so civilized

Posted by Rona Fischman September 23, 2010 01:46 PM

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The weekend weather this September has been great! One Saturday, I showed property in West Somerville and North Cambridge. I was working with my new agent, Sandy Resnick. As we arranged to meet up, we realized that our showings were all within a half mile or so from one another. Normally we rendezvous and travel in one car. Instead, she drove to the first place and I walked there. Then we walked with the clients to the second place. (If the showing ran late, Sandyís car was there for our last-minute use.) Then we showed a property to another client. Then we went our separate ways, on foot.

My clients are MBTA users, so the exercise was helpful for them. We got to talk about some of the quirks of the neighborhood as we walked between showings. We got to test-out foot paths to the Red line that didnít include walking on Mass Ave with them. It was so civilized! No climbing in and out of cars, no parking hassles. I got home feeling refreshed and much less tense than after a normal half-day of house hunting.

According to the Census Bureau's 2005 American Community Survey, 35 percent of Boston households do not have a motor vehicle. I would not be surprised if there are a similar number of households in Cambridge and Somerville that also choose not to own their own cars. I am wondering if I should do car-free house tours with my car-free buyers. What do you think?

I know of two brokers who specialize in bicyclist/homebuyers. One is Jonathan Mitchell who was featured in the Cambridge Chronicle. Heís the man for bicycling in the city. If you want a Western Massachusetts broker, find Craig Della Penna in Northampton. He knows what bicyclists want in and around their homes. He also works on land acquisition to keep corridors of land to develop rail trails.

Would you like to have a broker who leaves her car at home?

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