Gas prices and internet searches

From Bill Tancer’s blog at hitwise.com, some interesting patterns regarding internet searches and the price of gasoline.

When gas prices go up, Tancer sees a sharp spike in searches for hybrid vehicles and a less pronounced decrease in SUV searches.

(And if you are obsessed with American Idol rather than the price of gas, here is another post by Bill Tancer you will enjoy more.)

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  1. tyco says:

    I know that this doesn’t have to do with the gas prices and internet searches but this is what I think about reports of Realtors.

    It’s sad to see as a Realtor that we have such a bad reputation. I feel sometimes offended by some reports like this. But I understand that there are a lot of corrupt agents and good ones too. My point is that the corrupt ones won’t last long. The problem with Internet discount brokers is that a company like that based in New Mexico, won’t be able to know about the market in Pennsylvania.

    That is something consumers need to know. The service won’t be the same as with a local realtor that knows the neighborhood. Is exactly the same with those companies that offer free info. on mortages like lendingtree.com that don’t tell people about those big hidden fees at the end of the transaction. People be aware that not everything that is in the Internet is good.

    Another issue is, that some clients are in clouds when it comes to their house price. They think their house is worth certain high price and they live in that fantasy world and sometimes as a Realtor we have an obligation to let them know that’s not the price for the market. So if we can’t convince them to be realistic about the price we end up listing an overpriced house, that stays there for a long time without selling and with an angry seller because he won’t listen. I am one that avoids those difficult sellers that won’t listen to their agent because they tend to think that they know more than us about the local market.

    Ah, and people that have their house cluttered and dirty, listen to your agent when he says to declutter, paint and clean your house so it can sell, please.

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  2. tyco says:

    I know that this doesn’t have to do with the gas prices and internet searches but this is what I think about reports of Realtors.

    It’s sad to see as a Realtor that we have such a bad reputation. I feel sometimes offended by some reports like this. But I understand that there are a lot of corrupt agents and good ones too. My point is that the corrupt ones won’t last long. The problem with Internet discount brokers is that a company like that based in New Mexico, won’t be able to know about the market in Pennsylvania.

    That is something consumers need to know. The service won’t be the same as with a local realtor that knows the neighborhood. Is exactly the same with those companies that offer free info. on mortages like lendingtree.com that don’t tell people about those big hidden fees at the end of the transaction. People be aware that not everything that is in the Internet is good.

    Another issue is, that some clients are in clouds when it comes to their house price. They think their house is worth certain high price and they live in that fantasy world and sometimes as a Realtor we have an obligation to let them know that’s not the price for the market. So if we can’t convince them to be realistic about the price we end up listing an overpriced house, that stays there for a long time without selling and with an angry seller because he won’t listen. I am one that avoids those difficult sellers that won’t listen to their agent because they tend to think that they know more than us about the local market.

    Ah, and people that have their house cluttered and dirty, listen to your agent when he says to declutter, paint and clean your house so it can sell, please.

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  3. joe says:

    Check out natural gas prices at San Jose Airport

    http://www.sjc.org/newsroom/press/2006/cng.pdf

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  4. joe says:

    Check out natural gas prices at San Jose Airport

    http://www.sjc.org/newsroom/press/2006/cng.pdf

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  5. RAWhitt says:

    Do you think the gas price spike will lead to less smoking? How about gas vs. smoking cessation programs/aides searches? If people are supposedly selling blood for gas money I’m sure many are trying to convert cigarette money into gas money

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  6. RAWhitt says:

    Do you think the gas price spike will lead to less smoking? How about gas vs. smoking cessation programs/aides searches? If people are supposedly selling blood for gas money I’m sure many are trying to convert cigarette money into gas money

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  7. tao1965usa says:

    What about liquor money? Perhaps alcoholics could convert the money they spend on liquor into gas money to drive to an AA meeting once a week?

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  8. tao1965usa says:

    What about liquor money? Perhaps alcoholics could convert the money they spend on liquor into gas money to drive to an AA meeting once a week?

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