Should I Get A Sitter? Yes. Yes Please.

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843

 

* Disclaimer.  Amanda and I LOVE kids.  Heck, I am a big kid and I love to goof around.  That said...

 

I'll never forget the day I met Jack and Jill and their two young hellions...  I mean kids.  The son was six, the daughter was four.  They were both out of control.  

It was cute at first.  Then as the son knocked the vase off of the coffee table in the living room because he was practicing wind sprints, and then the daughter decided to stand on my feet, grab my pockets, and look up at me and scream bloody hell...  

The cuteness quickly wore off.  :)  

This time around I was only showing them one home.  The following weekend they wanted to see five more.  Let's see...  out of control young kids.  Five homes.  We will probably be out for at least two hours or so.  Can you imagine the relief I felt when Jill said...  

"Should we get a sitter??"  

Now don't get me wrong here, I love kids and they love me.  I just think that young kids these days get bored quickly.  When I'm showing homes, the conversation I have with my clients is very important.  If there are screaming and out of control kids (of any age), it makes it difficult for me to do my job.  

My advice is this:   If possible, find a sitter.  

 

 

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Fort Wayne Realtors Jared and Amanda Christiansen with Century 21 Bradley

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Judi K Barrett
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I know that it is sometimes difficult to find a sitter if the family doesn't usually use one but if someone is seriously shopping for a home, they will be able to make better decisions without having to also parent.   

May 07, 2012 06:49 AM
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Anna Tolstoy
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

I think the problem is, that parents of out of control kids don't necessarily think their kids are out of control ... In any case, it's best for parents to go see homes without kids in tow. All possible difficulties and dangers aside, they can concentrate on the homes they are visiting, instead of watching after the kids. (I have 2 kids and I'm pretty positive they are well behaved :))

May 07, 2012 07:36 AM
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Sandy Acevedo
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale
951-290-8588

Gosh, these stories are incredible, especially #35. My story of kids playing with the list family's kids toys is very tame.

May 07, 2012 09:59 AM
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Joan Cox
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373

This is the BEST advice Realtors can give!     We love kids, it isn't about the kids until they are ready to make decisions, and then maybe.    When viewing the largest investment you will ever make - you should not be distracted!    GREAT post, and glad you got a gold star!

May 07, 2012 10:41 AM
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Jennifer Prestwich
Your Castle RE Colorado
Henderson, Thornton, Broomfield and Westminster

Jared- I AGREE!!  I love kids, too, but really, it is best to get a sitter.  We all have stories of the sweet little darlings deciding to "fly" the model airplane collection in a seller's home... or dismantiling the 1500 piece lego set that was on display in a bedroom... or jumping off the stairs and knocking over the flat screen tv.... 

May 07, 2012 12:41 PM
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John Cannata
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance
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A sitter is always the best option instead of bringing them along for a showing (or several showings). Im sure most kids are great, but you only need the ONE to mess it up for the rest of them. :-)

May 07, 2012 03:31 PM
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Holy crap look at all of these comments!!  Thank you all so much for stopping by and reading.  

To the comment that said "Be careful, they could be reading this"...  it's okay.  I told them straight up that there kids were hellions.  We had a good laugh about it.  :)

May 07, 2012 05:09 PM
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Karen Feltman
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Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty
In the interest of saving time, I often suggest babysitting options with "mobile" children. Most infants and toddlers can be easily reined in or stick close to mom and dad. It is easier to bring them when they have narrowed down the choices.
May 07, 2012 06:14 PM
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Kathy Judy
Tri-Cities Real Estate

the clients were part of a family I do a lot of business with, on showings there were often cousins aunts etc along.  Angelica and Valentino were cousins about 5-8 and were into every thing  - I watched them and sent the adults to look at the house - I would be careful with the babysitter thing - some groups would be very insulted

 

May 07, 2012 08:14 PM
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Jared, brilliant... and reminds me of a quote I heard the other day, Children are like farts.... you don't mind your own but other people's are unbearable... yup, that pretty much sums up my life... HA!!! Thanks for subscribing! I really appreciate it!

May 07, 2012 08:39 PM
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Kathy Judy #76:  I'm not a baby sitter.  I'm a Realtor.  If somebody asks me to watch their kids while they view a home, odds are I don't want to work with them anyway.  It's just that simple.  

May 08, 2012 05:01 AM
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Jane Peters
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Oh boy.  I can only imagine.  Should I get a sitter?  Darn right!

May 08, 2012 11:43 AM
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Sharon Alters
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Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty

Absolutely the parents should get a sitter - espescially when they have kids who don't behave!!!

Sharon

May 09, 2012 08:30 PM
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It can be such a distraction for the buyers during one of the times when they need most to be focused, so I'm very much in favor of a babysitter!

May 12, 2012 10:34 PM
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Kimm Cloutier
Realtor - Agawam, MA 413.642.1655

If this kids are well behaved, I don't mind showing homes with them there.  However, if they can't behave themselves the parents will need to find a babysitter for the next showings.  No babysitter = no showing.  

May 14, 2012 07:57 AM
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Kathy Streib
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Jared and Amanda- the patience they expect you Realtors to have.. remarkable.  I'm glad your buyers thought of a baby sitter so you wouldn't have to tactfully try to suggest it, which we all know would never come across the way you want it to. 

May 15, 2012 12:41 PM
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County
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Absolutely get a sitter.  House hunting is so stressful and attention should be on the house not watching what and where the kids are.

May 15, 2012 07:28 PM
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John McCormack
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Good morning ....

I have been missing your daily post but am sure you are just busy bees with real estate.  Clients always take priority.  Your comments are greatly appreciated my friends.  Hope all is well and look forward to seeing you again soon in the Rain. 

John

May 17, 2012 08:17 AM
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Debbie Cook
Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc

Once a long time ago - I took a woman and her 5 children (all under 5 years old) to see houses.  She and her husband were very motivated to find a house because their current house was under contract.  This woman had one infant child at the breast and the rest (4 boys) were toddlers. The husband never went with us because he was always at work.  This woman was one "in charge" parent and there were no huge mishaps, just a near miss with some China in one of the 4 houses we looked at.  When one of them got antsy, separated  from the pack and darted out into the street, she got out a "child leash" and put it on him.  It could have been awful, but we found a large 5 bedroom split level home in Silver Spring, they bought it and they lived happily ever after. 

May 27, 2012 09:50 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg Homes
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Just had a showing myself where they brought 4 of the little 'darlings' with & it started right in the driveway. I told the Mom that they weren't allowed in the house 'with that much energy'.  When Dad finally showed up, so did their attitude. They were still obnoxious though.  Can they spell the word 'civilized'. 

I remember when the phrase 'were you raised with wolves?' was popular ......

May 17, 2013 10:40 AM
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