Would you work with a realtor who had visible tattoos? (Long explanation inside.

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Would you work with a realtor from a VERY reptuable team/agency who had visible tattoos?
    Yes, even if they had full sleeve tattoos as long as they dressed and behaved professionally. : (249 votes)
    74 %
    Yes, but only if a few little things were visible here and there. : (33 votes)
    10 %
    Yes, but only if I really had to because they were the one selling a home I REALLY wanted. : (7 votes)
    2 %
    No; I usually don't care either way about tattoos, but not in this type of professional setting. : (27 votes)
    8 %
    No, because of how I feel, I simply could not work with them, even if it was only a little visible. : (7 votes)
    2 %
    NO!!!! I would walk in, see them, and walk out immediately. : (9 votes)
    3 %
    Other (Please explain.) : (4 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
    6969 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    It wouldn’t bother me at all, but I can guarantee you it would bother my conservative parents. Couldn’t you just wear long sleeves to cover most of them?

    Post # 4
    4483 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    Well, since I have 2 tattoos myself, I’d kind of be a hypocrite if I said no. As long as they don’t say, “Death to kittens!” or anything otherwise offensive or offputting, no big deal.

    Post # 6
    5432 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

    It wouldn’t bother me at all as long as the realtor is good at their job, friendly, polite, and passionate about finding me a house or selling my house (: I wouldn’t work with any realtor who didn’t make the experience pleasant – visible tattoos or not aha.

    Post # 7
    6789 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

    As a fellow tattoo lover, YES I would love to work with a realtor that had ink. In fact, I think I would almost prefer it because their taste (I assume) would probably be on par with my own. Tattoos are super personal and are full of meaning – so unless someone is clearly rocking a prison tat, I never, ever judge. With that being said, I don’t know if the sentiment towards tattoos are the same in Canada as the US. I know in Europe there is still a lot of stigma around them as I have had friends get kicked out of establishments for having sleeves. I also can’t tell you how an older generation would react… or if you parents would be willing to still give you the job if you got sleeves. Maybe you should ask someone at work besides your mom?

    Post # 8
    2117 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Just wear a long sleeve shirt, even in the summer, if you’re worried about it. My sister and her boyfriend are both real estate agents and he always wears a long sleeve, button down shirt, no matter what time of year. He cares about looking professional. 

    To me, it wouldn’t matter if you had tattoos or not, but tattoos coupled with your young age may make some people hesitant to work with you.

    Good luck – my sister and her SO loves their jobs, but it’s definitely unreliable in a lot of ways. Some months, they make great money, other months they don’t. They have to be really smart about saving, because they don’t always know how good the next month will be. It’s also really demanding and time consuming – you’re basically always on the clock. Just some things to think about – but you probably already know all that, considering your whole family is in the business.

    Post # 9
    737 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @alt_bride:  I personally feel that I would work with someone that has tattoos because I have tattoos myself.  However, the area that I live in is pretty conservative and so I have chosen to only get tattoos where I can easily hide them.

    I think it largely depends on if the area you want to work in is conservative. 

    Post # 11
    6450 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    If it’s “tasteful”, absolutely. To be perfectly honest, if someone has a naked girl or something like that in a visible place I might not be thrilled to work with them because I don’t find that professional but assuming I like their personality, I would still work with them.

    Can’t you just wear long sleeves when meeting with clients?

    ETA: if full sleeves are something you really want I’m sure you can find some thin long sleeve shirts to wear during the summer if you are worried about conservative clients.

    Post # 12
    4601 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I wouldn’t care if my realtor had tattoos or piercings at all. Even visible. But I have tattoos and piercings myself. I love them and I also wouldn’t mind a full sleeve. But, as far as professionally, I think you would just need to wear long sleeves to be safe. Most people are not going to care one bit that you have tattoos, but others will. I’ve always had to cover my arm tattoos when at work. People I worked with have seen me in public and know that I have tattoos and piercings. It’s never been a big deal. 

    Post # 14
    8850 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    I wouldn’t care, but like PPs, I think a lot of older folks definitely would.  And if you think about who are buying houses, they will tend to be older, more traditional people who have the income and stability to do so.  (Versus something like retail work, where you serve teenagers to octogenarians across the board).  So yes, it may very well be an issue.

    Post # 15
    10454 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Tattoos are not my thing.  I would probably have trouble working with someone with a face tattoo just because it would probably take me a while to not be distracted by it, instead of looking at the person.  Certain things do that to me whether or not I like them.  It wouldn’t rule out someone, but when interviewing a few people it would contribute to oh, I forgot how that person answered this question.

    A full sleeve wouldn’t be distracting to me in the same way, but I can’t 100% say that it wouldn’t affect my decision slightly as sometimes I’m drawn to one person more than another but can’t always explain why.  A tattoo might be one of the factors.


    Post # 16
    3265 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    It’s all about professionalism to me. As long as you’re acting and dressing professionally then of course I’d be willing to work with you. Honestly, even if there are some tattoos and piercings showing I wouldn’t care as long as you’re professional.

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