In walks Jacob! A twelve year old real estate agent in training!

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In walks Jacob! A twelve year old real estate agent in training!


Yesterday I had the pleasure of helping the Mother of one of my long-time clients look for a winter home. My client got married this past year or so and she now has 4 step-kids! Her Mom wanted to buy a home closer to her daughter and new grand kids in  Metro Phoenix.


In walks Jacob! A twelve year old real estate agent in training!


Jacob future Real Estate Agent in Training


My client emailed me earlier and asked if I minded is she and her step-son came along on the tour.  Absolutely not - I would love it!!  She let me in on Jacob's story - he eats, sleeps and dreams real estate and has for years.  I let her know that I'd hire him for the day as my assistant. She knew he'd love that!


At the first complex, the first one to come and shake my hand and greet me was - you got it - Jacob! He was smiling from ear to ear and chatting away and so excited about looking at homes - for real.  After the deal of him being my assistant was made, he skipped all the way up the side walk looking for the home with a sign.  I FOUND IT, he says!  With my cards in hand he was ready to open the lockbox and go in and look around.  But wait Jacob, I whispered, be sure to let your clients go in first today!  He did and we stayed outside talking about what kinds of questions to ask etc. Ok he says, let's go!


Inside he made observations that made a lot of sense, nice open floor plan, plenty of light, nice cabinets, great patio and courtyard with trees. Seriously the young man sounded like a real estate agent! He also pointed out a few things that needed attention, which was very astute of him. We were all having such a good time watching 'Jacob' in action.


Agent in Training - Jacob!We were able to walk to the 2nd home in the complex. Jacob had a bit of a problem helping me with the lockbox and 4 keys that real agents would have been challenged with - but everyone was patient.  He again immediately noticed all the important things to notice. Of course he did!  Makes me smile thinking about it!


We had to drive to the 3rd and final home. He figured out the lockbox with my help and let 'his' clients in the home.  It was clear he didn't like this one as much as the other two and started to say so - but I whispered - but Jacob it's not what you like, it's what your client likes.  How about if we talk about the comparisons and help them see what makes sense for them, OK? And of course he did just that and did a great job!


Jacob's grandma told me he said to her later - you'd better call Anna and 'submit an offer' right away! She assured him it would all work out fine but that she wanted to think about it over night.  He reluctantly agreed. And  then he said - be sure to keep me updated!

Submit Offer Now Grandma!

It was a pure delight having this young man be my assistant for the day. I have every belief that Jacob is a born real estate agent and I'd hire him in a heart beat. He's got what it takes, enthusiasm, passion, willingness to learn and he's great with people. This young man has a brilliant future ahead of him!


In walks Jacob! A twelve year old real estate agent in training!

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Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

What a great way to guide someone in their field of interest. I'm sure he is great full for your help and guidance and will probably stick with it. You may have a new agent on your team in the future!

Nov 15, 2013 12:56 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Nick I'm quite sure this young man can create anything he wants with his attitude. Awesome kid!

Alexandra - it was pure delight seeing Jacob in action!  He really had a good firm grasp on what to say and do. We all enjoyed his 'expertise'.

Scott -  great that your daughter used to be your 'assistant'. It's so good to have kids involved in part of the business if they want to be.

Margaret he surely is a keeper! Jacob is going places in his life - for sure!

Kathy it is indeed fun to be around and watch.  He's the first kid in a long time that was 'on fire' with passion for anything real estate.  Loved every minute!

Mike - lol - now that's funny!

Janice - I think so!

Joan - he is a talented young man!  And a great assistant!

Debbie - he's a natural all right!  He listened and learned as we went along and was all ears full of excitement. He finallly was a player in an honest to goodness 'real life' sale.

Jan you know - not much patience was needed as he was ahead of all of us most of the way.  The keys took a little longer but on such a gorgeous Phoenix day nobody really mattered.

Maureen I have a feeling he'll get cracking on his real estate career when he turns 18.  I can see him now!

Jordon it was a real treat for me - truly.  I'd like to see more agents as passionate about their career!

Joan - I get that one as I am a current teacher!  He's an awesome kid who brought joy to the showings!

Rosie - indeed he will.

John - it was a blast!

Patricia now that makes me smile!

Christine - I think we all enjoyed the day!

Inna - he reminds me of me.   I had a similiar experience as a kid and that is why real estate has been my career for so long - thanks to that lady.

Geri - it is fun isn't it!  They see so much and are so eager to learn.

Wayne - I bet he does pass with flying colors and then learns the busines from bottom to top.

Jill you just never know where their passion will lie.  it would be fun - no doubt!

Michael - it was one of those I'll always remember!  And I'm sure he and all the adults will as well.  You can't help but smile watching him do his job!

Richie - absolutely!


Nov 15, 2013 01:01 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Nina that's a great story! Siskel and Ebert of NYC at such a young age!

Mitchell - haha a holiday inn - love that one!  I appreciate their honestly.

Kat - indeed I'm sure whatever he's working on is full of passion and excitement.

Gerard - I think he had a blast and he took it seriously.  He wanted to notice as much as he could and help his Grandma make the right choice.

Nov 15, 2013 01:05 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

This is the best real estate story I've read in a long time!  Jacob is on the road to doubt in my mind!  I'm sure his day as your assistant will be a memory he treasures for his lifetime!

Nov 15, 2013 01:10 AM
Megan Buckman
RE/MAX Platinum Services - Silverdale, WA

I love this story! You helped make a great memory and a happy client. 

Nov 15, 2013 01:28 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Anna, You made Jacob's day. You really extended yourself and it will leave a lasting impression with your clients. 

Nov 15, 2013 01:57 AM
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

Wow, we need more kids like him in the world!  

Nov 15, 2013 02:03 AM
Crystal Kilpatrick
Team Leader -Crystal Kilpatrick Group - Austin, TX
CHLMS,CNE, CRS - Austin & Central Texas Home Sales

Sounds like you had a wonderful experience Anna!  Thanks for sharing:)

Nov 15, 2013 02:57 AM
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

That's a really cool story.  It's nice to see young kids show an interest in how the world works and do a good job of it.

Nov 15, 2013 03:19 AM
John Fauth
Coldwell Banker King Thompson - Grove City, OH
Turning your dreams into an address!

Anna that was a great story! Jacob is lucky to know and see his passion early in life He will no doubt be an asset wherever he lands. Thank you for sharing.

Nov 15, 2013 03:26 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Sharon there are kids that 'shine' and then their are kids that SHINE - Jacob SHINES!

M glad you enjoyed it!

Kathleen it was a delightful for me as it could be with such a enthusiastic young man!

Catherine - absoutely. He's a leader.

Crystal  - we all did thanks to Jacob!

Bryan - it's a good feeling knowing they want to learn and grow and express their creativity.

John - no doubt in my mind that Jacob will do very well!

Nov 15, 2013 06:33 AM
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

What 12yr old even knows what real estate is let alone dreams about being in it????

WHen you are done send him my way I am sure I can get him supercharged in the world of lending!!!

Nov 15, 2013 08:54 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Anna, for a great agent in making, Jacob has great GURU, who whispers in his ears on what is best for the clients! Love the story!

Nov 15, 2013 01:03 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Fabulous story! Lucky will be the broker who signs this kid!

Nov 15, 2013 10:42 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hi, Anna !  Just wanted you to know that I included this post in today’s Last Week’s Favorites.  Check it out, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!  

Nov 16, 2013 09:44 PM
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

We will have to watch for Jacob to appear in the 30 under 30 rising real estate stars!

Nov 17, 2013 06:43 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Jacob sounds awesome! I bet he will become an agent and come work for you! Can you imagine the stories he will tell his for real clients about working for you when he was 12?  Just Awesome! And THANK YOU for making his day and possibly his career!  It was something fun for you but the positive impact it will have on Jacob will last a lifetime, so Thanks, for real, for Jacob!

Nov 17, 2013 12:11 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Anna, Jacob sounds like quite a kid, reminds me of Lisa Friedman, I think she started out at about that age.

Nov 17, 2013 12:55 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Anna,

What a great way to get some training by a real professional! Jacob sounds awesome! He will be talking about his on the job training for some time!!

Nov 17, 2013 08:39 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Very sharp young man. He should be ready to start his career just about the time you want to slow it down a bit

Nov 17, 2013 09:47 PM