Other People's Children - No, Pat! You Can't Hit Them!

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Real Estate Agent with Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc. AB95346

Last week, an agent called to show one of my listings to her buyers, who were coming back to see it for a third time.  Normally, that would be wonderful news, but in this case, I really had to brace myself.

This agent's clients had three children in tow for the first two showings, and it is a huge understatement to say that two of the three were behaving like complete brats. 

My clients had done a very good job of child-proofing the house while preparing to list it.  Anything fragile was put away or put on a very high shelf, and it would have been safe from normal kids.  But not these!

I wasn't there for the first showing.  But on the second, one little boy was making like Spiderman and climbing up a wall of bookcases.  As I was talking him down, his brother managed to light the gas log, then he threw a fist full of pine cones that began to smoke and smell bad.  Their sister wasn't that badly behaved - she was outside slurping water from the bird bath, and at least that was not destructive to the house!

It was like a scene out of Desperate Housewives - showing the place to Lynette and her ADHD brood!

I wanted to throttle the little brats, but Mummy and Daddy are both lawyers, and I'd probably wind up serving 2 to 10 in our local slammer. So I took their agent aside and said the children had to leave the house and play outside during the showing - there's a huge park just behind the place where they could be maniacs without hurting themselves or someone else's property.

The little darlings probably told their parents that I was a mean real estate lady.

And during the third showing, they did play out back in the park. 

Whew! 

And while I tried to work up some empathy for these parents, I just couldn't - even after hitting my "Retry" button!

House hunting can be rough on any small children, and I'm lucky to have clients whose little ones are always well behaved when they come along.  But if you are buyers out looking for your dream house, and if your children are a little, well, energetic, it might be best to leave them with a baby sitter, although these poor parents probably have a hard time finding one who will come back a second time!

 

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Thesa Chambers
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
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I know this is not funny - but - I about died laughing reading your account of these showings.... thanks for making me laugh

December 15, 2008 10:06 PM
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Carol Culkin
Overland Park
Reece & Nichols

Pat - These lawyer parents with unruly kids probably spoiled the crap out of them and will be finding themselves utilizing their own law degrees one day when their kids run up against trouble. I hope their specialty is criminal law.  

December 18, 2008 12:00 AM
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Colleen Cooley
CRS - Jupiter Florida
The Corcoran Group

Pat... the title alone made me crack up!  I love kids, but when people bring out of control kids to showings I cringe. The other day someone brought their little boy to a listing of mine.  He touched everything, constantly cried out for attention... yet the parents didn't blink. Finally the kid ran into the sliding glass door face first & got a nose bleed. It wasn't fun!

December 18, 2008 12:08 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
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Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.

Ellie, I was tempted, but Mummy and Daddy are big time attorneys!  I'd wind up serving hard time!

Marcy, the parents of these lovely youngsters are not my clients - thank heavens!  I would not have taken them on.

Thesa, I laughed as I wrote it!  I had to or I'd have cried!

Carol, there are a lot of problem kids of parents who are powerful and famous Americans.  I'd rather have them someplace other than in one of my listings.

Colleen, I, of course, forgot to have children.  And when I have any feelings of regret, I think about kids like these - and I could have wound up with one!  Yikes!

December 18, 2008 10:19 PM
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Bridget Fredericks
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Geeze, I never had it that bad with kids.  The worst was one kid that kept picking stuff up to play with it.  I was constantly running behind the child to pick things out of her hand and put them back where they belong while Mom and Dad got to view the house without me.  Someone had to keep an eye out for the kid!

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Pat Kennedy -- author of The Irreverent Guide to Real Estate -- gives you a look at life on the streets as a real estate broker in our nation's capital. And her blog is peppered with great advice combined with humor!