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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I do know of an agent whose little girl (I think she was 5 at the time) used to accompany him (single father).  She would arrive, dressed in a little business suit with her own clipboard, shake hands with the clients and then she would draw "floor plans" and take photos with her own little camera.   It was quite cute but she was the best behaved child I've ever known!

NEVER EVER bring a dog along and NEVER EVER EVER leave one in a car!!!

Jun 15, 2015 02:56 AM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Only if child care was impossible to arrange, unless they have a child like Susan Emo mentioned in her answer. And no, never leave your dog in the car.

Jun 15, 2015 12:07 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It is not appropriate for agents to have their children or pets during showings. 

Jun 15, 2015 06:32 AM
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Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

It's not up to me to decide whether it's ok or not. There are times when childcare is just not available. Do I prefer to show without kids?  Sure. But let's deal with reality...!

Jun 15, 2015 04:36 AM
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Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Infants are fine, toddlers no, teenagers no, adult children no, grandma no, neighbor no, aunt Ethel no, dogs no, goldfish no........

Jun 15, 2015 04:20 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Sometimes it is unavoidable.

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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Kathleen nailed this one!

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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I don't think it is appropriate but have seen it happen. If it is unavoidable and not a habit and the client doesn't mind, it wouldn't bother me.

Feb 24, 2017 01:42 PM
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
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If you have to ask, most the time it is a sign that might not be such a phenomenal idea.

Jun 15, 2015 04:01 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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I bought my company when my daughter was just 6 years old.  She went to many many appointments with me. She behaved well each time.

Jun 15, 2015 02:58 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

NOt realprofessional.  I can see why it could happen, but I think of the safety issue.  What if you were attacked?

Jun 15, 2015 02:55 PM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

I would say that this is a sign of the changing times. Our parents would never have thought or considered taking their kids to work, you just didn't do that back then.

Nowadays, many businesses, as well as high schools (for students with kids), have daycare, and more and more it seems okay to bring your child to work. They even have a bring your child to work day now.

Do I think it is appropriate to bring my child or pet to work, absolutely not. Do I think there can be extenuating circumstances that this may be allowed, perhaps, and hopefully with the clients approval. Do I think it should be an ongoing thing, no.

I would never ever say leaving a child or pet in a car is acceptable, especially here in Arizona. Every year we hear stories of children and family pets passing away in cars due to the heat. I just don't think it is worth the risk no matter what.

Jun 15, 2015 02:02 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
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Maybe in an emergency and with the Buyer's permission.

Jun 15, 2015 01:11 PM
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Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

It depends on their situation. I would not do so as I believe it will hinder me somewhat but if their is no alternative that I am happy with then sure I'll bring them. It would be odd though.

Jun 15, 2015 10:15 AM
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Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

The agent?  Infant?  Going to go with I disagree.  Before I get booed out of the building, I am a 3rd Generation Realtor.  My mother and grandmother were both agents, and brokers.  I started accompany my mother from time to time but not until I could walk on my own, be seen and never heard :)

Jun 15, 2015 09:16 AM
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Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

Probably not the best idea, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do.  My husband worked  overseas when my kids were little and I didn't always have backup.  If someone really wanted to see a house I explained that one or two might have to come with me.  Usually wasn't a problem. 

Jun 15, 2015 09:13 AM
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

There's no laws against it, but geez . . . when does anyone bring their child (infant) to work?  I suppose if there's no other choice available and client wants to see the house ASAP, bring the baby?

Jun 15, 2015 08:58 AM
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

My mind screams "no, no" unless you know these people well and they truly don't mind. How would I feel if I were the buyer and I wanted to look at a house and there were children underfoot? And trying to reassure the agent "no, it's ok, I don't mind" when all the time you resent that you are not getting 100% of the agents attention, for which you are going to get paid if I buy. This is not like buying shoes, I'm buying a house, the supposed largest purchase of my life and you can't find a babysitter? It's also not fair to the kids to make them shush and look invisible. And what do the owners of the house feel about this? We are talking liability if something goes wrong, something gets stolen, etc. Yes, I was young once with a little one, but I never brought her to the office when I was paid to accomplish tasks for money.

Jun 15, 2015 08:32 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

For the most part, probably not as children can be very disruptive and "needy" when mom or dad are busy and it might appear unprofessional. However, there are always extenuating circumstances, for which allowances can be made.

Jun 15, 2015 07:12 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

If I can bring my toy poodle then they can bring their child.

Jun 15, 2015 07:01 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
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Sure, as long as the child understands the rules and stays next to the parent, maybe with a job to do like getting people to sign in.

As far as the dog goes, I take mine in with me, but attached to my belt with a short leash, and his job is just to be friendly and welcome all the guests who seem to love him.

Jun 15, 2015 06:52 AM
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John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
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It's absolutely appropriate if there are no other options.  Ideal or the preferred way to do things?  Nope, but few things are ideal.  Sometimes child care isn't available, and I'd rather have a professional helping their clients in any way possible than one that would say "I can't show the home because I can't get a sitter".  A well behaved child, of course.

Jun 15, 2015 06:11 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I've never been in favor of children accompanying the agent parent to any showing.....that's what sitters are for.... 

Jun 15, 2015 05:44 AM
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Michael Setunsky
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Jun 15, 2015 04:55 AM
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Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

I have no problem with an agent or a customer bring young children with them as long as the agent and her customers are ok with it. I think its a personal decision and I think of our industry as being able to be flexible when the need arises. I would not recommed this happen all the time.

No to dogs. They should stay home.

Jun 15, 2015 02:22 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Bringing kids is probably not the best method of showing property, but some agents might have a temporary situation where they had to bring them. Never a good idea to bring a dog or leave a dog in a car. Temps can go up to over 100 degrees in a car even with all 4 windows down.

Jun 15, 2015 02:17 AM