Should I Get A Sitter? Yes. Yes Please.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843


* Disclaimer.  Amanda and I LOVE kids.  Heck, I am a big kid and I love to goof around.  That said...


I'll never forget the day I met Jack and Jill and their two young hellions...  I mean kids.  The son was six, the daughter was four.  They were both out of control.  

It was cute at first.  Then as the son knocked the vase off of the coffee table in the living room because he was practicing wind sprints, and then the daughter decided to stand on my feet, grab my pockets, and look up at me and scream bloody hell...  

The cuteness quickly wore off.  :)  

This time around I was only showing them one home.  The following weekend they wanted to see five more.  Let's see...  out of control young kids.  Five homes.  We will probably be out for at least two hours or so.  Can you imagine the relief I felt when Jill said...  

"Should we get a sitter??"  

Now don't get me wrong here, I love kids and they love me.  I just think that young kids these days get bored quickly.  When I'm showing homes, the conversation I have with my clients is very important.  If there are screaming and out of control kids (of any age), it makes it difficult for me to do my job.  

My advice is this:   If possible, find a sitter.  



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1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
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I know that it is sometimes difficult to find a sitter if the family doesn't usually use one but if someone is seriously shopping for a home, they will be able to make better decisions without having to also parent.   

May 06, 2012 11:49 PM #62
Anna Tolstoy
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Natick, MA

I think the problem is, that parents of out of control kids don't necessarily think their kids are out of control ... In any case, it's best for parents to go see homes without kids in tow. All possible difficulties and dangers aside, they can concentrate on the homes they are visiting, instead of watching after the kids. (I have 2 kids and I'm pretty positive they are well behaved :))

May 07, 2012 12:36 AM #63
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Gosh, these stories are incredible, especially #35. My story of kids playing with the list family's kids toys is very tame.

May 07, 2012 02:59 AM #64
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

This is the BEST advice Realtors can give!     We love kids, it isn't about the kids until they are ready to make decisions, and then maybe.    When viewing the largest investment you will ever make - you should not be distracted!    GREAT post, and glad you got a gold star!

May 07, 2012 03:41 AM #65
Jennifer Prestwich
Henderson, Thornton, Broomfield and Westminster - Henderson, CO
Madison & Co Properties

Jared- I AGREE!!  I love kids, too, but really, it is best to get a sitter.  We all have stories of the sweet little darlings deciding to "fly" the model airplane collection in a seller's home... or dismantiling the 1500 piece lego set that was on display in a bedroom... or jumping off the stairs and knocking over the flat screen tv.... 

May 07, 2012 05:41 AM #66
John Cannata
214-728-0449 - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

A sitter is always the best option instead of bringing them along for a showing (or several showings). Im sure most kids are great, but you only need the ONE to mess it up for the rest of them. :-)

May 07, 2012 08:31 AM #67
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Holy crap look at all of these comments!!  Thank you all so much for stopping by and reading.  

To the comment that said "Be careful, they could be reading this"...  it's okay.  I told them straight up that there kids were hellions.  We had a good laugh about it.  :)

May 07, 2012 10:09 AM #68
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
In the interest of saving time, I often suggest babysitting options with "mobile" children. Most infants and toddlers can be easily reined in or stick close to mom and dad. It is easier to bring them when they have narrowed down the choices.
May 07, 2012 11:14 AM #69
Kathy Judy
Tri-Cities Real Estate retired - Ontario, OR

the clients were part of a family I do a lot of business with, on showings there were often cousins aunts etc along.  Angelica and Valentino were cousins about 5-8 and were into every thing  - I watched them and sent the adults to look at the house - I would be careful with the babysitter thing - some groups would be very insulted


May 07, 2012 01:14 PM #70
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

Jared, brilliant... and reminds me of a quote I heard the other day, Children are like farts.... you don't mind your own but other people's are unbearable... yup, that pretty much sums up my life... HA!!! Thanks for subscribing! I really appreciate it!

May 07, 2012 01:39 PM #71
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Kathy Judy #76:  I'm not a baby sitter.  I'm a Realtor.  If somebody asks me to watch their kids while they view a home, odds are I don't want to work with them anyway.  It's just that simple.  

May 07, 2012 10:01 PM #72
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Oh boy.  I can only imagine.  Should I get a sitter?  Darn right!

May 08, 2012 04:43 AM #73
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Absolutely the parents should get a sitter - espescially when they have kids who don't behave!!!


May 09, 2012 01:30 PM #74
Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
Royal Pro Real Estate Network - Langley, BC

It can be such a distraction for the buyers during one of the times when they need most to be focused, so I'm very much in favor of a babysitter!

May 12, 2012 03:34 PM #75
Kimm Cloutier
Agawam, MA
Realtor - Agawam, MA

If this kids are well behaved, I don't mind showing homes with them there.  However, if they can't behave themselves the parents will need to find a babysitter for the next showings.  No babysitter = no showing.  

May 14, 2012 12:57 AM #76
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jared and Amanda- the patience they expect you Realtors to have.. remarkable.  I'm glad your buyers thought of a baby sitter so you wouldn't have to tactfully try to suggest it, which we all know would never come across the way you want it to. 

May 15, 2012 05:41 AM #77
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Absolutely get a sitter.  House hunting is so stressful and attention should be on the house not watching what and where the kids are.

May 15, 2012 12:28 PM #78
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good morning ....

I have been missing your daily post but am sure you are just busy bees with real estate.  Clients always take priority.  Your comments are greatly appreciated my friends.  Hope all is well and look forward to seeing you again soon in the Rain. 


May 17, 2012 01:17 AM #79
Debbie Cook
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc - Silver Spring, MD
Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate

Once a long time ago - I took a woman and her 5 children (all under 5 years old) to see houses.  She and her husband were very motivated to find a house because their current house was under contract.  This woman had one infant child at the breast and the rest (4 boys) were toddlers. The husband never went with us because he was always at work.  This woman was one "in charge" parent and there were no huge mishaps, just a near miss with some China in one of the 4 houses we looked at.  When one of them got antsy, separated  from the pack and darted out into the street, she got out a "child leash" and put it on him.  It could have been awful, but we found a large 5 bedroom split level home in Silver Spring, they bought it and they lived happily ever after. 

May 27, 2012 02:50 AM #80
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Just had a showing myself where they brought 4 of the little 'darlings' with & it started right in the driveway. I told the Mom that they weren't allowed in the house 'with that much energy'.  When Dad finally showed up, so did their attitude. They were still obnoxious though.  Can they spell the word 'civilized'. 

I remember when the phrase 'were you raised with wolves?' was popular ......

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