Secrets of Real Estate Success: Vehicle Selection

Submitted by Rich Toscano on August 8, 2008 - 2:29pm

In my opinion, the only thing classier than a bright yellow Hummer H2 is a bright yellow Hummer H2 with a real estate-themed vanity plate:

Forgive the questionable photo quality, as I took this picture through my driver's side window, on my CrackBerry Cam, while driving on the I-5 at rush hour.

Trust me, though: the plate says "DABROKR."

I am reminded of another vehicle I've seen twice in the past around my neck of the woods. It, too, was a bright yellow Hummer H2, and its license plate was "RENVSTR" ("real estate investor," presumably). I never got a picture, sadly, and come to think of it I haven't seen that vehicle for a couple of years now. Maybe it's been repossessed.

So if your real estate investing career hasn't been as successful as these folks', perhaps the problem is that your vehicle is insufficiently enormous or brightly hued. Or maybe your license plate does not do an adequate job of publicizing your participation in what you apparently did not realize was a gigantic speculative bubble.

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Submitted by FormerSanDiegan on August 8, 2008 - 11:42am.

Thats pretty funny, but couldn't this guy just as easily be a stock broker >

Submitted by Veritas on August 8, 2008 - 11:44am.

Amen to that Rich. How about a bright orange H2?

Submitted by Liz357 on August 8, 2008 - 11:51am.

that's funny. The last plate I saw like that was in 2002. It was GOSP500 - earnings from the stock market bought the car I guess. What's the next bubble plate? OILER

Submitted by Rich Toscano on August 8, 2008 - 12:11pm.

Come on, be honest FSD... do you REALLY think the guy is a stock broker? :-D

Submitted by Sandi Egan on August 8, 2008 - 12:30pm.

A year ago I've seen a Porsche Cayenne Turbo with license plate HOMSOLD. Presumably it belongs to an investor of a smarter variety.

Submitted by Diego Mamani on August 8, 2008 - 12:55pm.

FSD: I was thinking the same thing. It could also be a Bro from Korea.

Just kidding... this dude is most likely a RE or mortgage broker. And a %&$#* gross polluter, no doubt about that!

Submitted by FormerSanDiegan on August 8, 2008 - 1:13pm.

You're probably right. In a bet I'd bet 2:1 on RE broker vs stock Broker.

Submitted by NotCranky on August 8, 2008 - 1:19pm.

I think it means "Da more I buy Da broker I get".

Submitted by BKinLA on August 8, 2008 - 1:36pm.

Methinks "DABROKR" may soon become "DABROK1" (pic courtesy of C.R.).

Submitted by ucodegen on August 8, 2008 - 1:35pm.

I am reminded of another vehicle I've seen twice in the past around my neck of the woods. It, too, was a bright yellow Hummer H2, and its license plate was "RENVSTR" ("real estate investor," presumably).

Maybe it is the same person? The RE investing didn't pan out so they decided to become mortgage brokers in 2006/7 ... and they just had to change their vanity plates..

Submitted by davelj on August 8, 2008 - 3:38pm.

This has nothing to do with real estate but I recall when I was a teenager riding in the car with my father and seeing a couple of long-haired hippie types (not altogether different from myself, I might add) in an old clunker with the vanity plate "BEER RN" (presumably, "beer run"). I remarked to my dad, "Wow, those guys are stupid - putting 'beer run' on your vanity plate is just asking for trouble from the cops." To which my father responded dryly, "Oh, not to worry son, I'm sure that that young man's last name is Beer and he's a registered nurse." That was good 'ole dad.

Submitted by svelte on August 8, 2008 - 9:03pm.

Well, those who bought big SUVs are paying for it now.

Today's paper said that a 3 year old Toyota Sequoia is worth 38% of it's original purchase price.


Submitted by CardiffBaseball on August 8, 2008 - 10:03pm.

Some comedian has this catchy little tune called Beer Run.

B-Double-E, Double R-U-N, Beer run....

Man I will have that in my head all night...

Submitted by MisterMark123 on August 10, 2008 - 2:29pm.

I just bought a Hummer H3 about three weeks ago and I don't care if it's only worth $1 now. I still love it and plan to keep it for a long time.

Sort of the same mentality a home buyer should have.

Submitted by jpinpb on August 10, 2008 - 3:26pm.

Follow the Hummer to the foreclosure.

Submitted by jenchris on August 14, 2008 - 8:46pm.

At first blush I would agree (maybe a stock broker owns the vehicle), but then I remembered the "classy" part, the stock broker would have at least had enough sense to get his/her H2 in black.

Submitted by HARM on August 26, 2008 - 1:56pm.

Let's see how long your "love" lasts when gas starts hitting $10/gallon (not too far away, assuming the Hubbert peak-oilers are correct).

RE home-buyers mentality: If you purchased a house with %0-down and a negatively-amortizing loan anytime in the past 7 years, then one's "plans" will be meeting "reality" in short order.

Submitted by Shaun Mike on August 24, 2009 - 6:01am.

Nice post , thank you for sharing .........

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