I was reading a post about the problems that can occur when sellers are home during showings. Kathy Torline-Nordstrom shared her experience taking a buyer through a home with an anxious seller. It brought to mind a funny incident that happened to an agent at our office.
She was showing one of her listings to a young couple buying their first home. They brought along their two small children as they didn't have a babysitter. The couple liked the country home and the homeowner was very talkative and sharing lots of information. As they went outside he told the buyers that he wondered if there might be coyotes in the area as he heard something howling one night. Looking over at the children he gave his opinion that they should probably be kept near the home at all times because if there were coyotes and they were hungry enough, they might try to eat them. They made a quick getaway after that tidbit.
The agent called her client up later that day and told him he was to stay far away from any future buyers and under no circumstances was he ever to suggest that anyone's children could be eaten as a result of buying his home. We are not in coyote country and there have never been reports of problems. If I still had little ones and someone suggested they might end up as coyote chow, I'd be gone. Luckily no one scared me with such a story when we bought our first home and I happily raised my country kids just a few miles down the road from where that seller lived, and never did we see a coyote.