Should I Bring My Kids To Look At Homes?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bayou Properties

Should I Bring My Kids To Look At Homes?

Homes For Sale In Alexandria La

Working with a large number of first time buyers, the issue of kids on home tour often comes up. The children are likely to spend their formative years in the next house, so shouldn't they tag along? As the father of four kids and a seasoned real estate broker in Alexandria La, here's my insight...

Reasons For Bringing The Kids

1) There are two of us and only one of them-- One parent can tour while the other focuses on junior. Easy enough, right? Not so fast, kids tend to cling to one parent over the other. This means One parent is actively engaged in house hunting, the other is babysitting. If I had a dollar for every time I heard a parent say, "Here, it's your turn to watch the baby"

2) Baby sitters are expensive-- Who wants to spend 30-50 bucks for a couple of hours of baby sitting? Consider for a moment that the house represents the largest single investment for most Americans. Suddenly that fifty bucks seems cheap.

3) My kids loves watching HGTV, bet they would love house hunting-- Believe it or not, house shopping can be draining. In the summer (Early April- Late October in Alexandria) the  heat is oppressive. Thirsty, sweaty children tend to get grumpy in a hurry. Trust me, when a kid is done looking at houses they are done. As a result, so are we...

4) The Big kids will watch the little ones-- Again, this works better in theory than in practice. I've seen so many kids pile out of a minivan it looked like a platoon of soldiers disembarking from a C-17. The older child wants to be looking at the house with the parents, not making sure the Dora video is running.

Buying a home can be a fun process for all members of the family. Most purchasers will tour the home 2-3 times during escrow. A great time to bring the little ones is the final walk through. This will built excitement as the process unfolds. Ready to take the next step? Call Doug Rogers (318) 613-1994 today for your customized buyer consultation. Prefer to start looking online? Go to Alexandria La Homes For Sale to explore local inventory.

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Alexandria La 71301

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Comments (24)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Doug- you cracked me up with these!!!!  Maybe for a second viewing but how can you really see what you're buying with the kiddies in tow!!??

Jan 07, 2019 06:34 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Great post, Doug. More often than not... kids get bored out of their minds in about a New York minute.

Jan 08, 2019 06:22 AM
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I tell buyers to bring them along on the 2nd showing.  that way they don't get confused

Jan 09, 2019 02:39 PM
Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner
Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268 - Iowa City, IA
Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices

I work with a lot of relocating buyers who bring their kids when they're looking to purchase a home. I've never thought about advising buyers to leave their kids at home, that's their decision. (Plus when they're from out of town that becomes a little problematic anyway). I guess if ever there was a problem I might say something, but since it hasn't happened yet, I haven't needed to think about that. 

Jan 12, 2019 11:44 AM
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

With a title like this, I had to read this post! This is so true.  And I'm sure us seasoned agents also have lots of stories when touring homes with kids!  So glad this has been featured!

Jan 12, 2019 02:20 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I was always OK on this unless the children are two or under. I guess I lack patience.

Jan 12, 2019 02:43 PM
Jerry Murphy, CRS, SRES
Long Realty West Valley - Anthem, AZ
Anthem, Phoenix, and Scottsdale AZ Real Estate

I've never really had a problem with kids on showing, knock on wood.  But your advice here is very good Doug.  Best wishes to you.

Jan 12, 2019 03:20 PM
Jon Quist
REALTY EXECUTIVES ARIZONA TERRITORY - Tucson, AZ
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

Some kids are OK, some I get stuck watching them for safety's sake, and I admit to banning a mother-in-law once.

Jan 12, 2019 09:40 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Doug Rogers ,

Excellent post on an important asdpect of looking at homes! Glad to see it featured!

Jan 13, 2019 07:55 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Doug - real life meets real estate. This is very much a real world situation and a good topic to discuss sooner than later.

Jan 13, 2019 08:23 AM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Well behaved children are easily tolerated - not so much with the ones who run amok. It's up to the parents to make sure kids are in the first group!

Jan 13, 2019 08:55 AM
Steven Beam
RE/MAX Alliance - Parker Colorado Real Estate. - Parker, CO
Parker Colorado Real Estate

Most parents bring devices to keep kids entertained during long days of showings so this helps. I've only had a handful of disordely kids in my 20 years fo RE. Personally I enjoy listening to the kids remarks about the house as we are finishing up. I make sure to always ask the kids what they thought about the home before leaving. It makes them feel included and invested in the process. 

Jan 13, 2019 09:08 AM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Great post Doug Rogers. Important to consider whether bringing the children will work or not. Similar problem with open houses...

I'm generally calmer with them in vacant homes, but when homes aren't vacant keeping their curiosity (and yes, their boredom) under control is a daunting & very distracting challenge.

If reasonably possible, I too suggest to leave them home until final visits.

Thanks for sharing,
Bruce

 

Jan 13, 2019 10:12 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I can think of two instances when bringing the kids along was terrible.

One was when the 2 year old tumbled down the stairs - in spite of being there with SIX adults who were supposed to be watching him. Luckily, it was winter and he was so bundled up that it was like he was encased in thick padding.

The other was a kid of about 8 who would not behave. I was trying to turn off lights and lock up as we left and he kept running back in to turn the lights on again. I finally picked him up and carried him outside with orders to STAY. His Mom said "See what happens when you aren't nice?"

Jan 13, 2019 10:51 AM
Linda Metallo DiBenardo
RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

In general, it's not a good idea.  

Jan 13, 2019 11:03 AM
Rae Hoffman
Roots & Wings Realty Group / eXp Realty - Katy, TX
Real estate agent serving the Katy area

My opinion - bring the kids to see the houses once you've narrowed it down before you make an offer.

Jan 13, 2019 05:36 PM
Cynthia "Cyndi" Cook
Keller Williams Realty Alabama Gulf Coast - Orange Beach, AL
Residential Real Estate Sales and Vacation Rentals

I've done it before.. we all slept good that night! Wears them out and yourself (: 

Jan 13, 2019 08:50 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Had four of them and sure, bring them along. The kids learn about the house hunting process, they are part of the decision making. When the kids are excited about the rec room in this one, the lake frontage on that home, that helps make the parent sway and commit. You don't just want to show homes, you want buyers to purchase, to get some results in the match making. Just make sure plumbing if drained in colder climates is known before junior tries out the bathroom. Lots of kids on board can make it like herding cats. Or if you meet a buyer for a vacation property on a Saturday when you have your own kids, because you are on your way to say hike Mt Katahdin, it helps you have kids with you during the showing. They entertain themselves outside the lake cottage and within a half hour, you the agent or broker continue on to your recreation and the buyers think hey, that guy or gal is a family person too! 

Jan 14, 2019 03:59 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I always like to say to myself only if the kids can behave. Keeping hands to themselves, dont touch, inside voice and such... I see many parents view homes and narrow it done to 2 or even 1 then bring the kids. I also see parents bring the kids who are jumping on furniture, in the fridge and dragging out the sellers kids toys

Jan 15, 2019 06:02 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I personally never had issues with kids. It is not unusual to bring the whole family to see a property~ especially when buyers already have viewed detailed pictures and all information online and have a good idea what to expect. 

Jan 29, 2022 08:10 PM