Doing Real Estate with your little kids???????

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Real Estate Agent with ReMax Unlimited Northwest

How many times do we get stuck dragging our kids on showings or open houses.

Some kids know how to behave or are old enough to know better.

Not most little ones.  I have taken my to angels/monsters and some clients love them and others get tortured.

My kids have to see the whole house and are not afraid to ask the questions we want to. Especially direct to the owners if they are home. I do get a kick out of it. " why is your home so dirty?" what is that big stain in the carpet" It smells in here " can i pet your dog, can i use your bathroom. My little guy made us all wait 15 minutes one time, pee only.  How about when the sellers dont have toilet paper and I had to ask after 15 minutes? Thats a tough one. I actually sweat and my clients were waiting in front of home. Good thing it was my son and not me...

Of course they love to run run run...

And if there is other cool toys, then you really have to hold on to them.

I never lost a client over it, I explain before hand, If you really want me today or at this time, there will be additional lookers. Its all in good fun. Just dont do it often if you dont have to.

Add some if you have some.

Comments (6)

Lisa Marie Flenoury
"Lisa The Broker" - Playa Vista, CA
"Lisa The Broker" - Making Dreams Come True

I think it is great that you take your kids along.  You are leading them by example, and showing your clients that you are a multi-tasker that has family values.  HORAH!

Jun 21, 2008 02:11 PM
Karen Turney
Homesmart - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Real Estate

My kids are grown now, but they were quite small when I started in the business and I took them on flyer delivery runs, and viewing vacant houses.  They were able to price a house within a few thousand.  I will never forget my son walking into a house at the age of 6 and saying "750K" Then I showed him the flyer he was dead on . Funny how neither one grew up to be a realtor though!

Most of my clients were always cool about my kids in the car when I delivered flyers or installed a lockbox.  I think it made me more human to them.

Glad to see you let them participate, but dont expect them to take over the business anyday.

Jun 21, 2008 02:17 PM
David Ablin
ReMax Unlimited Northwest - Palatine, IL

I have done it maybe 10 times in 16 years-- my oldest is 7.   But, I will take them if i need to.   They ( clients ) must deal with it.   Or they dont get me.   Hell, if i realllllly want the deal, ill kiss a little butt.

Jun 21, 2008 02:19 PM
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate

Good for you, David.  I once took my granddaughter to a closing.

Jun 21, 2008 02:22 PM
Angelia Garcia
Pure Realtors - Dallas, TX

I would not take kids. I don't see how that would be professional especially if they are distracting.

Jun 21, 2008 02:23 PM
Konnie Mac McCarthy
MacNificent Properties, LLC - Cobb Island, MD
Broker/Owner - VA & MD "Time To Get A Move On!"

I didn't think too many other agents brought their kids..( I do when I have to)..yes, they are funny.....and honest..

Jun 28, 2008 02:06 PM