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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Using your friend as your real estate agent? Good or bad….

I spoke with a lady this morning who was calling on one of my office’s (Century 21 Baytree Realty) listings. She indicated she wanted to see the listing.

My response, as always, was to inquire as to her relationship with any other real estate agent. I explained that I do not want to insert myself into an existing relationship (also a violation of the National Association of Realtors Code of Ethics).

Apparently her “agent” is a friend who has a license. Apparently this friend is not very responsive to her needs. The caller stated the she and her husband had decided to just call whomever is the listing office.

In the interest of saving a friendship, anyone in such a situation should explain this to the friend. I have read many times about how friendships were damaged by using another real estate agent.

Sometimes you may not want the friend to “know your business.” As a real estate agent we are sometimes privy to some very sensitive (and confidential information) as part of the process. Some folks just may not be that comfortable with the friend knowing all the details. I can understand.

So, should you use a friend as your real estate agent? Only you know what will make you feel comfortable.

Gary Waters, Century 21 Baytree Realty, Rockledge, Florida, serving the Viera, Suntree, Rockledge, beach side communities of Florida's Space Coast.

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