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Realtor comes up with unique way to sell homes

John Stallings John Stallings
Catie Fernandez Catie Fernandez
Sara Thomas Sara Thomas

By Duane Shimogawa bio | email

KAILUA (KHNL) - These tough economic times are forcing some realtors to come up with unique ways to sell homes.

One Oahu realtor is showing homes on two wheels instead of four. John Stallings is widely known as the "Green Realtor." In just a few months, his new way of showing homes has caught on to people interested in sharing that green spirit.

From first glance, this may just look like a normal sunday bike ride. But as they stop at this home, it's not to visit friends for relatives, it's to look for their dream home instead.

"Real estate bike tours is a great way for people to learn about the community, it's a great way to be able to stop easily more often and check out the neighborhood, neighbors are less intimidated by people riding around on bikes," he said.

Some of the people on this real estate bike tour say the biggest advantage is you get to know the neighborhood a lot better than compared to driving.

Catie Fernandez and her boyfriend are on their first tour.

"It's a good way for us to check out different neighborhoods down to the street level and go really slowly and just kind of see what's happening on the streets in Kailua and what happens in different neighborhoods," she said.

But there's another advantage as well.

"You save a lot of time once you get on the road, sometimes when you're in your car, you spend more time putting your seat belt on, taking your seat belt off, turning around and all that kind of stuff," Tour participant Sara Thomas said.

Stallings tells us this all started when he arrived at a lot of his showings riding bikes. He's also had a few clients do that as well.

"It's definitely out of the box kind of marketing and with the trend of going green, it's definitely the right time," Stallings said.

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