One of the many reasons why I love what I do

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA

Many times when I am working with buyers who have small kids who come along the tour of homes, I get a little nervous.  No matter how many times you tell a little kid not to touch anything, they, of course, touch everything! 

As a showing agent, I try to make sure the house is in the exact same way as we found it.  I find myself following the kids around making sure everything is back to how it was, and inadvertently end up in a conversation with them.


I was working with these buyers who had a very talkative 4-year-old boy.  He had so much on his mind!  I think the parents were happy to get a reprieve from his chatty ways when I patiently listened! 


But this little kid was very smart and very observant.  The first house we went to, he was very unsure why we were at someone else’s house, especially when they were not at home.  He kept looking for the people who lived there.  He was very curious as to who these people were.  Like a detective, he looked at all their photos on the wall and their belongings, trying to put their story together. 


He eventually started to understand this house-hunting process, and by the third or fourth house, he started selling the homes to his parents!


One of the funnier lines from him was when he exclaimed to his parents how big the kitchen was, and that there were a lot of cabinets.  He went on and pointed out that a lot of cookies could be baked in this big kitchen.  We all tried to hide our laughs, but then I thought about this – was he imitating me?!  Because that is totally something I would say about a big kitchen.  Needless to say, I kept my mouth shut for the rest of the showings!  


I have met many little kids, and what I find interesting is that they are very concerned about the people who live in these homes.  They aren’t interested in the house or the belongings – even if there are really cool toys in the house. 


They will ask me questions about the owners.  Do they have kids?  Do they have a dog or a cat?  If they see a dog bowl, then they will ask me what kind of dog they have, and if they have more than one.  I had one little girl ask me if the owners were married.  She seemed very concerned if people were married or not.


I’ve been pleasantly surprised by these kids’ interest and their unfiltered questions.  It certainly keeps the days very interesting and funny!  Gotta love what I do!

This post was written for the February 2017 Challenge: What I Love About My Job


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Francine Viola, Realtor
In Tune with your Real Estate Needs


Serving Buyers and Sellers in Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey and Thurston County, WA

Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc.  |  Olympia, WA


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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


What fun that must have been. It's interesting what kids say, and the house hunting process for them can be a difficult one to understand, but sometimes the things they say really shed light on the lifestyle of the family.


Feb 08, 2017 05:57 PM #1
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


That must have been having the child selling the home to his parents.  I enjoyed your post.  A

Feb 08, 2017 07:05 PM #2
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Francine, I've had clients with fun kids and others.....I dreaded those showings.  Bill

Feb 12, 2017 04:27 PM #3
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Francine Viola - I love it when kids pick "their" room! Or there is a strange little alcove or space under the stairs for a little kid to hide in. I always make it a game when kids come along.

Feb 12, 2017 10:26 PM #4
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Terrific Blog post appreciate you taking the time to share it. Keep it up :-)

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