This week, I’m answering a reader’s question about working with a relative to sell their home.

Kellie, I have a relative who wants me to list their home in the next 60-90 days. This relative does not have a very cooperative personality. I am concerned that since I come from a big family, a fallout with this person over listing their home will cause issues with other family members? What do you think? Thanks, Jessica.

Hi Jessica, Family dynamics are complicated and the stress of selling a home can bring out the worst in people, making a complicated situation even worse.

Regardless if your seller is a friend, family member, or someone you have no relationship with; we have an obligation as brokers to do our jobs in an ethical and professional manner and treat everyone the same.

Your role as a real estate agent means you must be honest and upfront.  Are you able to comfortably be honest with this person? Do you think they will be able to take your seriously and accept your opinions and advice professionally?

Remember that because you are related does not mean that you know what is best for them. While they need to be able to take your advice seriously, you need to be able to support and defend their decisions and choices in the transaction. After all, they are just like any other client. Their money. Their decision. Their choice.

And one last thing, remember that when representing a family member in a real estate transaction, you will need to disclose your relationship to all parties involved in the sale.

Do you have a real estate question you would like me to answer? Email me and I may feature your question in another blog post!

Until next time, make good choices and sell some real estate!

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