If you want the truth, ask a child

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty West CalBRE #01458572

I often learn a lot from children because their perspective on the world has not yet been damaged by religion, politics, parents, and others. They have not yet been brainwashed. Harsh, perhaps, but, I believe, true.

Children not only say the darndest things, but they often ask the darndest questions. Courts love it when there are child witnesses because children don't yet have the mental capacity to create elaborate stories, so asking the same question on consecutive days often elicits the same answer, which is often the truth, notwithstanding what adults involved might say. "Balloon Boy" is a great current example.

If you're unsure of your own marketing -- too simplistic or too complicated -- ask your child or your child's friend what s/he thinks. You just might be surprised at the young, unbiased truth that reaches your ears. Rent the movie "Big" to see how this works.


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Ruth Vogt
Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate. - Colorado Springs, CO
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This is a great summary of posts. Thanks... lots of great info. Appreciate the help!

Oct 18, 2009 12:15 PM #1
Karen Luke
South Metro Property Management, LLC - McDonough, GA
Henry County Real Estate

Great list of posts to check out. And you are so right about the honesty in children.

Oct 18, 2009 12:18 PM #2
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Better yet...ask your friend, neighbor, cousin, sister's child and then you don't have to worry about house breaking them, giving them an allowance, losing the car....college education...

Oct 18, 2009 12:19 PM #3
James K Barath, CMPS
Canopy Mortgage, LLC - Merrillville, IN
FICO Pro, Certified Military Housing Specialist

Although kids are candid in their response, truthful answers are not always what you seek especially when the child has no comprehension of the topic. Ask a 3 year old on the pros and cons of a mortgage for example.

Oct 18, 2009 12:30 PM #4
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Russel, I think you're absolutely right on this. Children are told so much what to say--and what NOT to say that when you "catch" them young enough, they are too innocent to be deceptive.  It's a perfect example you pointed out.

Oct 18, 2009 01:41 PM #5
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Children not only say the darndest things, but they often ask the darndest questions.

Ain't it the truth!

Mike in Tucson

Oct 18, 2009 10:42 PM #6
Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Professional Home Stager Inland Empire

Russell, so true except sometimes they might just say "I dunno knooow."  That happens lots around  here!  My middle daughter has a great eye for color though and I consult her on some of my projects, she says she is good at HAPPY things:)

Oct 19, 2009 06:20 AM #7
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

Hey, Ruth - Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Hey, Karen - I love sitting at the mall and people watching. I'll often find a child either doing or saying the darndest things, much of it true, though.

Hey, Sally - Ah, Guerrilla Marketing help at its finest. People used to ask me if I wanted children, and I used to respond, "Yes, as long as they are born at the age of 18 so I can send them off to college."

Hey, James - But if dad is being prosecuted for mortgage fraud, and he said something to mommy within earshot of that child about cheating to get the loan, I can guarantee you that eventually that child will say something like, "But dad, I heard you tell mom that you were going to cheat." See Balloon Boy.

Hey, Carole - You said that very well.

Hey, Mike - I was out at the mall a few days ago when a person slowly walked by with a noticeable limp, and a young child asked his mom - loudly, "Why does she walk like that?"

Hey, Ana - I love it, "good at happy things."

Oct 21, 2009 03:14 AM #8
Kathy Opatka
Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches


Being an avid reader, I'm heading to Amazon to find this book!  When I read your title, "Balloon Boy" immediately popped to mind. Hopefully, this child isn't damaged by all the "happenings" created by his parents.

Kathy Opatka

Oct 27, 2009 03:52 AM #9
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Russel - an "ohana" is the term for a mother-in-law suite, or sometimes even a detached cottage, on the same property.  OHANA is the Hawaiian word for family, therefore, ohana has come to mean a place for the extended family to live.  Now I think I should blog about this!

Oct 28, 2009 12:17 PM #10
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