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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!!!
New Fairfield, CT
Stevens Point, WI
Walnut Creek, CA
Chris and Dick Dovorany
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.
Locust Valley, NY
It is not appropriate for agents to have their children or pets during showings.
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...!
Walnut Creek, CA
Infants are fine, toddlers no, teenagers no, adult children no, grandma no, neighbor no, aunt Ethel no, dogs no, goldfish no........
New Fairfield, CT
Sometimes it is unavoidable.
Kathleen nailed this one!
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.
If you have to ask, most the time it is a sign that might not be such a phenomenal idea.
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.
NOt realprofessional. I can see why it could happen, but I think of the safety issue. What if you were attacked?
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.
Maybe in an emergency and with the Buyer's permission.
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.
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 :)
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.
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?
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.
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.
If I can bring my toy poodle then they can bring their child.
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.
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.
I've never been in favor of children accompanying the agent parent to any showing.....that's what sitters are for....
Virtual Realty Consultants No! No!
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.
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.