Would You Hire a Pregnant Realtor?

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Real Estate Agent with Prudential Benrud Realty

Politically Correct Question of the Day!!  Let's get some honest answers.

WOULD YOU HIRE AN OBVIOUSLY PREGNANT REALTOR

If you ask, how pregnant?  What about 8 months pregnant.  Would you sign a listing contract with a realtor who could be popping out a baby anytime within the next 4 weeks?  Should this agent disclose to customers how close the due date is or should she downplay it and not offer unless they ask.  With technology playing such a big part in real estate now, just about everything can be done via laptop or cell phone so is it really a big deal?

All opinions welcome!

Comments (15)

Kathy Fey
Fey & Associates - Dacula, GA

Interesting question.  My guess is that many sellers would not hire a pregnant realtor unless they already had a relationship with them, although I do think a buyer would hire a pregnant realtor. 

Nov 10, 2008 01:21 AM
Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary
LemonTree Realty - Orlando, FL
First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes

It shouldnt matter. Honestly I work from home and just because I had a baby would be no different then possibly a few days down time from being sick. A better question is do you have an assistant or a partner that will help pick up some slack in the first week or so.

Nov 10, 2008 01:22 AM
Cindy Leiterman
Resource One Realty, LLC - Green Bay, WI
Green Bay, WI

I don't think you need to "disclose" anything.  By the eighth month, the baby's disclosing him or herself!  I don't think it should matter if you have adequate backup, i.e., another agent who can fill in for you if necessary.

Besides, if the baby is getting into real estate, why not start him or her on day one.

Good luck and take care.

Nov 10, 2008 01:25 AM
Mary PAUL, ABR, CRS,GRI, e-PRO,
RE/MAX Advantage Realtors, Searcy, AR - Searcy, AR

It should not matter, and I don't think it would to most people.  Most people are understanding.

Nov 10, 2008 01:26 AM
Jerry Murphy, CRS, SRES
Long Realty West Valley - Anthem, AZ
Anthem, Phoenix, and Scottsdale AZ Real Estate

It wouldn't matter to me Tina, if I felt she was good at what she does.  Everything can be done via a laptop nowadays and personally I wouldn't mind if she had to bring the baby over if for some reason we had to meet in person.  Anyone who is a parent would understand.  And those who wouldn't might not be the best clients anyway for that Realtor.  If we expect women to perform in the workplace there are certain things that we are going to have to come to grips with.  Mainly that she is a mother first.  Hope that helps.  Best of luck.

Nov 10, 2008 01:27 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

I'm with the last comment-it shouldn't matter as long as she is able to assist her customer's.  Also, having an assistant that will be able to take over for awhile would help the agent.

Nov 10, 2008 01:27 AM
Bruce Thomas
A-Z Tech Home Inspections, Inc. - Greensburg, PA

From a non-agent point of view, I don't think it would matter to me.  I would look for the same qualities in any agent that I would hire.  If she was pregnant and had the qualities, she's OK

Bruce

 

Nov 10, 2008 01:28 AM
Irene Morales Ward
REMAX Distinctive Real Estate, Inc. - Stafford, VA
Realtor - e-Pro - Northern Virginia Real Estate

Wow - good question!  As a mother of five who started in the business after 15 years as a stay at home mom and part-time teacher, I'd find it hard to handle with a newborn unless I had been in the business for a considerable length of time and had a strong support staff.  We all know what we can handle but if this is baby #1 and you're just starting out in the business, as a consumer I'd have to say NO WAY!  However, if she was a seasoned agent with a professional reputation and experience at motherhood, I guess as the consumer I wouldn't give it another thought.  It comes down to a few things - a combination of the needs/expectations of the client/consumer and the experience/professionalism of the agent. 

Nov 10, 2008 01:34 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I think the bottom line is whether or not the real estate agent can perform the job.  So many agents are working from home now that it is becoming the norm!  I can't see it being an issue for many people.

Nov 10, 2008 01:45 AM
Chris & Karen Highland
eXp Realty - Frederick, MD
Integrity, Experience, Enthusiasm!

It's the buyer's or seller's decision to make.  We know as agents that we can do the job in our PJ's, but buyers and sellers don't neccessarily know that.  An agent who is 8 months pregnant will have to sell herself and her abilities just like always. There is no "should they" when it comes to buyers and sellers.

Nov 10, 2008 02:02 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Good question but any real prof would have a backup plan in place for "the day!"

Nov 10, 2008 03:22 AM
Tina Bann
Prudential Benrud Realty - Eau Claire, WI

Gary - It makes sense in theory but when we're not talking about a planned vacation here!  It's a time that can take place literally anytime from now until the middle of December.

Nov 10, 2008 03:37 AM
Kim Peasley-Parker
AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc. - Sumter, SC

Tina- I would love to say it should make no difference, but I am finding out otherwise.  I am a very technology savvy agent.  Probably more so than the majority of the agents in my Board.  But today I found out a neighbor and "friend" whom I did a CMA for a month ago is calling in other agents to do listing appointments and I am not one of them.  I am six months pregnant and due in February.  With my first pregnancy I wrote a contract and then went to the hospital and negotiated the deal from my hospital bed while being induced.  Now I find out about this neighbor.  The really funny thing, she is a nurse in the nursery at the local hospital.  Talk about an awkward moment if she is in chage of my childs care.....

But no, if consumers really understood that we use technology to beat the bushes for buyers, they would not care about if we are pregnant or not.  They would understand that the knowledge that we have and the skills are what is important and also that every good agent has a back up agent to work with.

Nov 18, 2008 08:07 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Soooo Tina do tell...Boy, Girl, Both ? Namesake ?

Jan 22, 2009 02:00 AM
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

Tina Bann

So nice. That was one of our favorite times of watching our kids grow and come into the new world

Feb 12, 2015 08:48 AM