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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

yes....discourage it .....or handcuff them to the front railing at the entrance of the home....

Jun 15, 2015 05:31 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I would discourage that, yes!  I would prefer they do that in the hospital :)

Jun 15, 2015 02:50 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I have always accepted the situations as they come. I wish they would not bring children but that is not realistic.

Jun 15, 2015 07:01 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Well, if they get stuck in a closet with a sticky door, oh well.

Jun 15, 2015 04:14 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

No.  It's typically the parents who are the bigger concerns.   

Jun 16, 2015 12:54 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Hard to stop them from being there; however if they are disrespectful to the property I will remind the parents we are guest in this persons home.

Jun 15, 2015 09:59 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Paul - I do not discourage children from coming with their parents on showings, but I would prefer that they would not bring them in most cases.

Vacant homes, it's much easier, or if the children are older or well behaved. Younger kids whose parents just let them do whatever they want can be a real problem, especially in homes that are furnished.

I do what I can with the cards I am dealt.

Jun 15, 2015 01:49 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I don't bring it up either way.

Jun 15, 2015 01:11 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

No,  Their excitement sometimes help the buyers make a decision.

Jun 15, 2015 01:11 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It depends, for some listings with collectibles i do, but for most buyers i wait and see... some children are well behaved and for those who are not, i tell the buyer broker in private to watch them.  I have been writing a blog about a recent horror story about a wild child. 

Jun 15, 2015 10:01 AM
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

I would like to, but I have a real hard time telling clients no (it is my least favorite word after all).  Had a young child this spring running around tearing the heads off rose bushes, finally I had to ask her parents to please not allow her to do that.  Another brought his 6 year old to view 14 houses, starting at 1pm in the 100 degree heat.  He was well behaved and turned out fine.  I prefer they dont bring children along but understand, same thing about bringing them to home inspections as very little "good" can come of it.

Jun 15, 2015 09:15 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

There have been times where the parents were not watching their toddlers as close as they should, and personal property was broken.   I do encourage viewing homes without children --- this is a very large purchase and the focus should be on this process.

Jun 15, 2015 07:47 AM
Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

I hope  none of my buyers deliver it have babies when I show them homes!

Jun 15, 2015 07:24 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

No, it gives me an idea of how the whole family behaves, and the children often talk their parents into renting or buying the home.

Jun 15, 2015 06:58 AM
Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!

I think it is okay for the whole Family to see what there rooms would be, and to join in the excitement of it all...except..there are those few kids sometimes..that run and scream and are out of control.

Jun 15, 2015 05:57 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Tacoma Washington Children are a distraction to both the agent and the buyers. Ask them to pay a baby sitter when touring homes.

Jun 15, 2015 04:54 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I have certainly taken children on home tours. I think this is a very delicate matter. While it is clearly preferable to show homes without kids, I don't ant to alienate the parents, either.

Jun 15, 2015 04:35 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

It should be clear the 'buyer agent' is responsible for ALL babysitting responsibilities while the listing agent shows the house to the buyer. Buyer agents - manage your buyers.

The agent can choose to entertain in the play room for to be the ever-present overlord of child discipline. The agent that lets the buyer off-spring use the listed house as their playground should ask their Grandma if that is right behavior. Clearly Mom's message did not get through.

If your buyer shows up with kids in now becomes YOUR job to protect the homes you are about to visit.  Time to have a chat and lay down the rules and behavior that will not get you expelled from a house or bring the wrath of the homeowner upon the listing agent.

Jun 15, 2015 04:16 AM
Amanda Stone
Long & Foster Realtors - Gainesville, VA

I think it could be a polite suggestion before the showings so the parents can focus and get a much deserved break.

If a sitter is not doable that day then I will be helpful, kind, and certainly not make anyone feel bad about it. 

Jun 15, 2015 03:28 AM
Bill Dandridge
MKB, Realtors - Roanoke, VA
GREEN, ABR, GRI, EcoBroker

Definitely not, they are certainly in the decision-making calculus.

Jun 15, 2015 03:06 AM
Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

Agree.  It also helps parents focus on basics of what they want in a home.  I suggest they narrow down to top two, bring children in for final viewing (if older children) decision.  Sometimes the children bring them a new perspective.  Doing that this week, in fact. 

Jun 15, 2015 02:42 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Sometimes.  Depends on the kids.

Feb 20, 2019 05:29 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Infants and toddlers have no business on the tour. Alittle bit older kids can be a breath of fresh air with their input, after all, they are also making the move.

Jun 16, 2015 12:43 PM