Epilogue to "Would you hire a pregnant realtor?"

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Real Estate Agent with Prudential Benrud Realty

A few months ago I posted this question to everyone and got many responses, most of which were that it shouldn't matter if the realtor was pregnant.  If the realtor was good at her job, she should get the listings she was pitching to get.  Well, of course that pregnant realtor was me and here's a diary of what happened.  Keep in mind that my baby due date was December 6th, 2008.

November 25th - showed properties all morning and then in the afternoon, went on listing presentation

November 26th - showed properties an hour away to a buyer of mine.

December 1st - showed properties to the same buyer and wrote up an offer when we got back.

December 2nd - listed a property that I had been trying to get for the past couple months.

December 5th - Showed 10 properties to another buyer of mine (who freaked out a little when I honestly told her when my due date was)  In the evening I went and listed the property that I had pitched for on November 25th.

December 6th (my due date) - Did two open houses and then showed a property afterwards.

December 7th - played with my 4 year old daughter outside and then went into labor at about 8:00 pm and husband and I went to hospital.

December 9th - our son was born at 12:16 a.m.!!

December 12th - released from hospital and went home.  During the stay in the hospital, I answered phone calls to follow up on business and spent lots of time answering emails.

December 16th - showed a property to one of my buyers and wrote up an offer (took my newborn along with).

To sum the rest of the past 7 weeks up, I've showed more properties, closed on a few properties, written up some more offers, listed another property, and was agent of the month in November and December for the most dollars brought into the office those 2 months.

To those of you out there who answerd my question with "It shouldn't matter if you're pregnant" THANK YOU BECAUSE IT DIDN'T MATTER!

And to those who said they would think twice before hiring a realtor because she was pregant, SHAME ON YOU.  Being a pregnant realtor is not different than being a not pregnant realtor...you get out what you put in.

And here's the wonderful little addition that makes it all worthwhile.  Bryson Allyn Bann, born December 9th at 12:16 a.m.  7lbs 9oz and 21 inches long.  Now 7 weeks old and adores his hard working mama!

Comments (16)

Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
Century 21 New Millennium - Upper Marlboro, MD
A doctor who makes house calls.

Congratulations!!!  I can imagine how much fun the house is with the new baby and your 4 year old.  Enjoy.  I agree it should not matter as long as you do a good job and have contingency plans in place then who cares.

Jan 25, 2009 11:56 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Tina:  Wow!  You were working harder than most agents I know!  I'm glad everything worked out for you and your clients.  The baby is adorable.

Jan 25, 2009 11:57 PM
Paul Guenther
Empire West Title Agency - Chandler, AZ
Empire West Title- Chandler, AZ

Tina,

 It wouldn't matter to me if the Realtor was pregnant, obviously it didn't matter to your clients either!!  kudos to you for that Mid Western work ethic!!  Keep up the good work!!

 

Take care !  Congratulations on the new son!

Jan 25, 2009 11:57 PM
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Central Maryland

Congratulations on your new addition. I recall talking to an appraiser only hours after the birth of my son!

Jan 26, 2009 12:05 AM
Lisa Friedman
Alliance Realtors - Bedminster, NJ
Central New Jersey Real Estate

Congrats on your new baby.  Its like saying that someone should not hire a Realtor because they might get bronchitis for a week at some point during the listing.  Your down time was not long and I am sure that you had a support network in play.  Good for you for being so diligent.

Jan 26, 2009 12:11 AM
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON

Your baby looks amazing cute and healthy! You are right, being preganant should not matter, I believe as long as you show people that you are capable and trustworthy, everything else does not matter too much!

Jan 26, 2009 12:21 AM
Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary
LemonTree Realty - Orlando, FL
First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes

Wow congrats to you on the new addition to your family and for staying on top of things. I recently read another persons blog about hiring a pregnant realtor.

Jan 26, 2009 12:25 AM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Wow!!  Talk about inspiration!!  I'd hire you pregnant or not!! 

Jan 26, 2009 12:28 AM
Leslie R. Willis
RON NEFF REAL LIVING - Chillicothe, OH

Congratulations...you sound like someone that can definitely multi-task.

Jan 26, 2009 12:29 AM
Savanna Yates
United Title Agencies 1, Inc. - West Palm Beach, FL

Congrats!! and glad you went against the grain of the negative people who said it shouldn't be done! There are plenty of women who work up until the day they have a baby and bounce right back with no problems. He is soooo cute!

Jan 26, 2009 12:36 AM
Victoria Carter Guaranteed Services
TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate Brokered by Century 21 Percy Fulton Ltd., Brokerage - Brighton, ON
TwoMoveYou

Congratulations.  What an adorable baby!

Keep up the multi-tasking! 

 

Jan 26, 2009 12:48 AM
Dianne Deming
RE/MAX Realty Group - Rehoboth Beach, DE

Congratulations on your listings,  your contracts and most especially your precious, little boy.  It sounds like you have been able to strike that difficult balance between family and profession.

Jan 26, 2009 12:51 AM
Dan and Amy Schuman
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Solon, OH
Luxury Home Specialists

Congrats on the new baby. In response to the question you posed, I do think consumers may be reluctant to hire an agent who they think may not be able to give them their full undivided attention, whether the agent is pregnant, going through a divorce, etc....I recently worked on a deal with an agent who just had her first baby and the transition as you know can be very difficult and it definitely affected her work. She made a ton of mistakes, due probably to sleep deprivation and communicating with her was quite challenging. However, with 2 young kids ourselves, we emphasized and worked through it.

My wife/partner's father was dying of cancer last year and we had a seller tell us that was in the back of their mind when making the decision but hired us anyway. They were comfortable that I would be there for them even if Amy became distracted, as she was traveling out of state every month to care for her dad. Offering to have a partner or co-worker fill in for us in the event of an emergency, or even if we go on vacation,  can ease the mind of a consumer and let them know their needs will always be taken care of, but I'm glad things worked out for you.

Jan 26, 2009 01:23 AM
Tom Phillips
T & D Inspection Service - Eau Claire, WI

Congrats Tina

Little boys are a blast! I have one that is now 17 and a grandson of almost 3. wouldnt trade em for anything.

Sorry about the lame invite to AR. Should have done a search first. Duh!

Feb 04, 2009 12:05 PM
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

Tina Bann

Beautiful baby. I hired my wife when she was pregnant. The rest is history in our household

Feb 12, 2015 08:46 AM
Anonymous
Elisa

Thank you for the encouragement. I am in real estate and pregnant with my first child. I am so worried about proving myself while pregnant. I do not want clients to overlook my superb service and attention to details just because I am pregnant. Your story is giving me confidence to stay in the game and get out on my listing appointments even with my growing belly :)

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