First I mentioned Eric Rojas in Chicago. Then the Wall Street Journal reported on bicycling real estate agents around the nation. Seth Teel told us about the “Coldwell Banker-Gundaker Bike Garage” in St. Louis.
Now we learn Cambridge, Mass has bicycling Realtors. Coldwell Banker agents Ellie Botshon and Jonathan Mitchell are apparently the first in the Boston area to ride their bikes to home showings.
Botshon and Mitchell both enjoy riding to work and showing houses, and feel they are doing their part in changing the idea of riding as exercise in to riding as an efficient form of transportation.
Clients also benefit from biking with Botshon and Mitchell; they become more familiar with the area. “It’s a great way to know the neighborhood,” said Botshon, and in ways she cannot define, “it’s really helps to build a community.”
More at Norwich Bulletin.
I just also noticed that Eric Rojas in Chicago was mentioned in this AP story along with other real estate agents —
Clad in a purple helmet with plastic flowers dangling from her handlebars, Portland’s Kirsten Kaufman is part of a new generation of agents eager to replace the stereotypes of hauling clients around in fancy sedans or SUVs.
The mother of three starting hosting bike tours earlier this summer, doling out energy bars and apricots to a growing tail of clients whose passion for pedaling weighs heavily in their choice of homes. Some are hard-core cyclists. Others are moving into the city to avoid increasingly expensive and onerous commutes.
“It’s becoming more common to see families committing to driving less,” said Kaufman. “I think it’s a part of the market that will continue to grow as gas gets more expensive.”