Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Paul,

I think he was mad at himself and his client, and took it out on you...A

Feb 18, 2016 05:08 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
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Yes, I find them to be a real distraction from the showing and if the seller can remove them during showing times the house will present better.

Feb 18, 2016 05:23 AM
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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I am going to make an assumption that if a gate is present, there must be a good reason for it.  If I represented the seller, I would find out if it could be removed. If they have an animal or child that they want some restricted access then it should stay up. If it is left up, then it should be left open not closed during any showing.  A buyer (or agent) should not have to fiddle with a child gate lock.

Feb 22, 2016 09:09 AM
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Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
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Not really

Feb 18, 2016 09:15 AM
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Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
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I showed a house the other day that had them. I will be honest, Im not a fan, but I dont harp on them much.

Feb 18, 2016 07:35 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
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If she was acting like a child , she probably needed the gate !

Feb 18, 2016 06:19 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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Put the client in time and tell them to go stand in the corner.

Feb 18, 2016 05:26 AM
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Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
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Oh that is funny...

Actually, there are some child proof gates that are hard to figure out... but nothing to get angry about.

Eve

Feb 18, 2016 04:36 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
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Seriously? That's what passes for negotiation? LOLLLLL!

Feb 18, 2016 04:27 AM
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Nancy Robinson Ranked #6 in MI
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Leave them up.  Painted walls can become damaged by taking them down too often and they are not so easy to put back up. The seller certianly has a reason for them being up.

Anyone who does not know how to operate all baby gates should not be showing homes... That's ridiculous to throw a fit over....

Feb 25, 2016 03:42 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Paul, sometimes these gates are difficult to open, especially if you don't have kids.  I would take them down for showings.

Feb 19, 2016 10:47 PM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
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Paul - I wouldn't take them down, but if they were not needed for anything, why not leave them all open. I don't see this as being a big issue.

Feb 19, 2016 02:29 PM
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Paul,
Smart sellers will be sure they are secured in the open position. Too often they can get broken if not hurt a looker.

Feb 19, 2016 01:23 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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If you can't get out of a baby gate...

Feb 19, 2016 04:05 AM
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Michael Setunsky
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington Maybe this person has a point. No two seem to open the same way. Everyone has a different type of latch. I wouldn't take them down.

Feb 19, 2016 01:42 AM
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Roy Kelley
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No.

Feb 19, 2016 01:35 AM
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Barbara Todaro
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I think the homeowner should take them down before they leave the home for a showing.... if the stay home during the showing, they also need to remove the gates and take the child in a room and play with him/her until the showing ends...

Feb 18, 2016 11:44 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

If not down. Bunting cord them open.  YEs have been stuck behind a baby gate and good thing the buyer had a young girl who could open it for me 

Feb 18, 2016 11:02 PM
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Michael Jacobs
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Time out!

Feb 18, 2016 10:21 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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Take them down for a showing! They hinder the process!

Feb 18, 2016 09:47 PM
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Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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We have had issues with these in the past, but then Mom tried to prevent me from leaving the house!

Feb 18, 2016 09:20 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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What Debbie Reynolds said...

Feb 18, 2016 08:57 PM
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Kat Palmiotti
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I have run into some that were a pain in the butt and we couldn't figure out how to open them! If they could be removed that would be great, but that's usually not possible so we just do the best we can.

Feb 18, 2016 08:41 PM
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Brenda J. Andrew
ULTIMA REAL ESTATE - Willis, TX
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I don't think it hinders a showing.  I have not had this scenario as of yet, but don't think it would be an issue.  I like your question back to the agent and would not take it down.

Feb 18, 2016 08:29 PM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
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Sometimes their operation has to be tricky because today's babies are so much smarter than when we were kids. Somehow they made it in, once there it should be easier to get out. Is this what's known as a "Rite of Passage"?

Feb 18, 2016 08:16 PM
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 Good morning Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington . If a person can't figure out how to operate a baby gate, I feel sorry for them.

Feb 18, 2016 05:20 PM
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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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Good morning Paul. Seriously? They probably should be kept in and not let out until someone came to help.

Feb 18, 2016 04:41 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Paul, I think I will expect this agent to know how to open this. Part of our business, isn't it?

Feb 18, 2016 03:18 PM
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Bob Crane
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Some folks just need to find something to get upset about, but it may be wise to take them down, you never know who your next buyer will be and it may be best to not irritate them.

Feb 18, 2016 02:38 PM
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Sharon Altier
Coldwell Banker Realty - Elmhurst, IL
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I would remove it or at least have it open.  There are so many that are not necessarily easy to open.  A distraction....but shouldn't be a deal killer!

Feb 18, 2016 01:08 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
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they need to always be open at showings is my take.  Gone would be better.

Feb 18, 2016 01:03 PM
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Sharon Kowitz
CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN ~ COMPASS RE - Cary, NC
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

some of those gates can be tricky! But no, I wouldn't take them down, unless I had a lot of complaints!

Feb 18, 2016 12:39 PM
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Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

No if the sellers need the baby gates the agents will just have to deal with them.

Feb 18, 2016 11:57 AM
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John Crosby
Real Property, Inc. - Marblehead, MA

I think the gates should be removed along with the dog that lives behind the gate if the gates are for a dog.  The dog usually gets loose causing everyone to try to catch the escapee and the buyer usually steps in what the gate is used to contain other than the dog.  

Feb 18, 2016 11:30 AM
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Linda Guess
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO - Branson, MO
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I would prefer the gate to be taken down.  We can't expect that everyone can figure out how they open.

Feb 18, 2016 11:06 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
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They do ruin the flow of the house. I would take them down, but personally they don't bother me. 

Feb 18, 2016 11:05 AM
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Hi Paul, I would take them down if possible.  They are counterintuitive to staging.  If seller will allow of course.

Feb 18, 2016 10:59 AM
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Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
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I think they should be at least left open.  I've had a few that I can't get open, so I don't like seeing them.

Feb 18, 2016 10:41 AM
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Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
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I would find a way to prop them open when the home is being shown but asking a seller to make their home unsafe for their child would be foolhardy and a potential law suit.

Feb 18, 2016 10:36 AM
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
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I do tell my sellers to take them down..they are a distraction!

Feb 18, 2016 09:26 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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I would leave them open if possible...hard to take them down and put them up again all the time

Feb 18, 2016 07:42 AM
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Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

It is funny that we put things up to deter the young ones and like most medicine bottles we cannot get them open!

Feb 18, 2016 06:52 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
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Yes, seller should remove or leave open.  Easy access, don't put up barriers.

No, the agent does not need to get angry when leaving feedback.

Just my two cents. 

Feb 18, 2016 06:03 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
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Agent was probably just embarrassed because two grown adults couldn't figure out how to open a baby gate. owner should just leave them open during showing times.

Feb 18, 2016 05:57 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Well how about just having them open. Isn't the idea to make a showing as accessible as possible? What if someone has a physical handicap?

Feb 18, 2016 05:52 AM
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Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
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Some of them can be difficult to open. I like the look without them, but I understand the homeowner's not wanting to take them down. I guess I would just let the owner know it was a concern of 1 person.

Feb 18, 2016 05:46 AM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
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I wonder how the Agent  got out?  Who was her client with, when she was trapped?

Feb 18, 2016 05:39 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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It may be a good idea to take it down for liabilty because you do not want people getting hurt jumping over it.

Feb 18, 2016 05:32 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
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I have had trouble with them & they are annoying. I also have had to step over them because they wouldn't open.

Feb 18, 2016 05:24 AM