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Using Family Member as Real Estate Agent

Q - My niece is a real estate agent. Should I use her to buy my condo?

A - Real estate agents are always pleased when their family and friends are loyal.  However, don't just jump into this agent/client relationship.

Speak with her as you would any other agent and ask her to describe the steps involved in finding a condo and putting in an offer.  Be sure she can answer all your questions and you are comfortable with her experience and approach.

You are preparing to make a large investment.  If you have any concerns let her know at that stage so she has an opportunity to clarify your issues.  If you have any doubts, perhaps it is best to find another agent.

This kind of approach is valid with any agent not just one you are related to or one who is a friend.

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