Elizabeth Weintraub • Sacramento Real Estate Agent: About Agents Representing Family Members . . .

About Agents Representing Family Members . . .

Working with agents who try to represent family members can be somewhat of a pain-in-the-you-know-what for a Sacramento listing agent. Why just a few days ago, I had a family member call and ask to see a listing. He acknowledged that he had an agent, but was too embarassed to disclose the agent was his aunt or really discuss how I could get in touch with her. Next up, his father called and tried to intimidate with the old I am a lawyer nonsense. So what? Hey, many of my clients are lawyers and I love working with lawyers, when they are my clients and not necessarily some random guy with a sister for an agent, but what the hey. I want my seller's house to sell. Will work with whomever.

At least from the dad I extracted his sister's name and called the agent. Turns out she lives too far south to be able to show the property but she has a licensed agent friend who can. All righty, great, we set the appointment.

Tick, tick, tick.

No show.

No phone call to cancel the showing.

Buyer apparently decided to see the home another time, as though we have all the time in the world in Sacramento real estate. So sorry nobody called to cancel, yada yada. Well, that wasn't as goofy as the next DNA agent I encountered. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Should Part-Time Realtors Represent Family Members?

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Hi Elizabeth, I've represented many a friend in a purchase or sale, but never a family member... then again, I've never had a family member live close enough to me to make that an option. I think I'm thankful for that after reading your post! And not taking a commission... that's nuts, if you ask me. That's the kind of agent who probably rolls over and discounts his/her commission the minute the subject is raised by a prospective seller.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 2 months ago

Hi Elizabeth, I sold my sister's rental house last year. This year I have her Ranch home listed for sale.  We work well together.  I will say, if I was part-time, I would have referred her to another agent. Oh yes, I got a commission and will get one when the other home sells.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) 2 months ago

Oh man, another sad story about the family-member agent. No, we should not represent our family members unless we know damn well there will be no ill will. We successfully sold my sister's house and my parent's house a few years ago. But they all acted like cool grown-ups, and I lecured the hell out of them prior to listing. Doubt I would do it for anyone else - except my daughter. The sons are great but their wives have very involved parents - if you know what I mean. ;) 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 2 months ago

Good morning Elizabeth. I am confused. You are working with a relative or others were?

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 2 months ago

Nina Hollander Once I went to a closing with POA for my mother, and never heard the end of it. Why didn't you object to THAT charge on the closing statement sorta stuff (when it was really insignificant). Would never represent family.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 2 months ago

Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® Sounds like your sister listens.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 2 months ago

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD the in-law parents, yes, I get it.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 2 months ago

Sheila Anderson I don't work with family. It was a bunch of other agents suddenly who are working with their families calling me about MY listings.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 2 months ago

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