Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Is it bad to go door knocking with your child

Posted by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 9:38 AM
  • 9 Replies
  • 817 Total Views
1 mom liked this

Hi Everyone. I am a new agent and Im also a new mom. I have a 4 month old daughter and I barely have time to work from not having a babysitter. Im strongly thinking about just starting to take her with me for showings and when I go door knocking. Is that not professional. I asked my broker and he said he doesnt find anything wrong with it but my mother told me not to do it because its very unprofessional. I kind of regret asking her because its made me not want to do it anymore. Does anyone else have this problem. somebody help please. I just really need some advice about it because if its ok Im just going to start taking my daughter with me to work every step of the way.

by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 9:38 AM
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Replies (1-9):
GOBryan
by Member on Jul. 2, 2013 at 8:31 PM
2 moms liked this

I would never take my kids door-knocking. Not only is it unprofessional but you never know what type of crazy is going to answer the door. 

tenacity
by Member on Jul. 3, 2013 at 7:57 AM
3 moms liked this

 Well, your Broker is hoping a some cha-ching.  I find it sirprising that they would give that opinion. (less than desirable, IMHO)

It is completely unprofessional in the real estate world to take your kid/s to showings or office appts.

You want 110% focus on your potential client. You want to show them it's ALL about them.

Door-knocking to strangers with a child is worse.  What if they are bad people? How you going to get away fast with a child carrier & baby?

Nope...I wouldn't do it.

To give you real examples:

1. I've gotten at least 20 appts from clients that said they axed their Realtor or didn't use that one because they were too busy shushing their kid. (not all used those specific words, but along those lines.)

2. In Kansas City we had a door-knocker sales person that was snatched inside the home & murdered. Totally true story.

3. I, myself, was assaulted by a client I had shown 3 different days. So, I never expected him to be a psycho. Imagine if I had of had a kid with me... would I have been able to escape?

No, my Dear... do not take your child with you for any reason. It is not only unprofessional...it is not safe.

 

Mary Wilcox-REALTOR



CDPE,ABR,ASD,SFR,BPOR
Foreclosure and Short Sale Specialist
Kansas City Metro Area
816.616.7165 cell   email me:  fastest2.mw@gmail.com

GET EXPERT ANSWERS TO YOUR REAL ESTATE QUESTIONS!

joanna0525
by New Member on Jul. 4, 2013 at 7:33 AM
Ok thank you so much you Guys. Its just frustrating cause I really don't have a babysitter. I guess I'm not gonna be able to work then. :(
GOBryan
by Member on Jul. 4, 2013 at 1:01 PM
1 mom liked this

Sorry to hear it but it's something that you really have to have complete focus on and it's not the safest of professions so you don't want your children involved. I had one guy who called me and said that he had called other Realtors but they couldn't list his house when he wanted to make appointments because they had to pick up their kids, etc.. Unfortunately, there's some Sellers and Buyers that don't care you have a family and you have to work around them, not the other way; atleast, when you're starting off if you want to build your business. 

I suggest you work with a partner so that if you can't do something, your partner may be able to do it in your place.  

Quoting joanna0525:

Ok thank you so much you Guys. Its just frustrating cause I really don't have a babysitter. I guess I'm not gonna be able to work then. :(


Zanny
by Member on Jul. 16, 2013 at 7:38 AM
3 moms liked this

I wouldn't bring my kids to do anything in the real estate capacity..

REmamma
by New Member on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:50 AM
1 mom liked this

You CAN do lead generation with your kids. I fought this for a long time and felt like people would look down on me because I had small children and they wouldn't think I had time to do my job. WRONG! That was in my head. Think of ways to lead generate with your child that is fun, practical and purposeful. Maybe it's a local event, even a kids event - where your shirt and talk to people. If you're part of a mom's group make a facebook page for them. I think the trick is to not get too personal. It's about them, not how awesome your baby is... which, I was guilty of in the beginning... going on about our kids. You can also volunteer. I've met several clients on my day off at a bouncy place or park. You just have to make sure they know you are a professional... and that you took today off.

REmamma
by New Member on Feb. 6, 2014 at 9:52 AM
1 mom liked this

whether you door knock is a different story. Safety first... you could door knock your closed clients or drop a little gift off for them, without even seeing them in person. I drop expired packets off at the door quite frequently.

GreenMom663
by New Member on Sep. 29, 2014 at 11:55 PM
1 mom liked this
I'm a mother of two, a 10yr old boy and an almost 2yr old girl. As I prepare for my exam, the realization of time constraints with a toddler hit me and my husband, as he works a lot. Being a SAHM is my first priority, but working another full time job, I believe, is quite possible. I look at the amount of hours I dedicate now as I study and research to build/prepare my business prior to launching.

I know it's possible. I just knew it would take some creative planning, and planning/organizing is what I do best... I think the best moms do. We have to wear so many hats!

So I turned to CafeMom for possible foundations that are possibly already working for other moms, and found so much negativity. Then you came through and confirmed my first thought.

I just wanted to thank you. I would've tried everything I could think of first, but possible failure or at least a lag in production for YEARS could have been a result for me. You said exactly what I was thinking... Get creative with where you prospect.

I'm just still a little unclear as to how successful appointments could go. My take on that, is that I'd have to be limited by "appointments only", hopefully creating the illusion that I'm just that busy of a realtor... That I can be successful for two years with 2-3 weekdays available for appointments when my daughter can go to family, and the weekends when my husband is totally available.

I don't know exactly, but I'm more confident that we'll come up with a winning plan, thanks to your positive encouragement. Just had to say,

THANKS!!!!!!
Hollie

Quoting REmamma:

You CAN do lead generation with your kids. I fought this for a long time and felt like people would look down on me because I had small children and they wouldn't think I had time to do my job. WRONG! That was in my head. Think of ways to lead generate with your child that is fun, practical and purposeful. Maybe it's a local event, even a kids event - where your shirt and talk to people. If you're part of a mom's group make a facebook page for them. I think the trick is to not get too personal. It's about them, not how awesome your baby is... which, I was guilty of in the beginning... going on about our kids. You can also volunteer. I've met several clients on my day off at a bouncy place or park. You just have to make sure they know you are a professional... and that you took today off.

tenacity
by Member on Sep. 30, 2014 at 7:47 AM

 Not only is it UNsafe for the child and your ability to protect the child...

But, IMO it's very unprofessional. If you are in any other industry besides childcare your child does not belong in the workplace with you.

I stand strong on this. (HR background, as well as fellow Realtor)

 

Aside from that, this scenario SCREAMS Mr. Customer, you are not my first priority. I'll need to tend to my child if they need something.

or

I'm going to do my best to sell your home but I do have to take care of my kid while I'm attempting to do that. Soooo....let's hope for the best.

 

Do you get the concept?  You really really want to do a good job. No question... BUT you do have other priorities and you'll probably SHOW them several examples of that at the door knock.

And if you think I'm exaagerating the safety factor...read this (and if you want more stories I can provide at least 30 since 2013.

http://fox4kc.com/2014/09/29/realtor-vanishes-on-the-job-arrest-warrant-issued-for-suspect/

DON'T take our child. For all the above reasons.

 

 

 

 

Mary Wilcox-REALTOR



CDPE,ABR,ASD,SFR,BPOR
Foreclosure and Short Sale Specialist
Kansas City Metro Area
816.616.7165 cell   email me:  fastest2.mw@gmail.com

GET EXPERT ANSWERS TO YOUR REAL ESTATE QUESTIONS!

Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)