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January 29, 2010 8:16 AM Subscribe
Should my aunt also be my realtor?
We are listing our house for sale in March, and since this is the first time we've sold a house I'm not sure what to do about a realtor. I had asked for recommendations on a local message board and received the name of an experienced realtor, who I contacted and who came by in November to look over the house and tell me what needed to be done before listing in the spring. I was very impressed with his demeanor, which I felt radiated honesty and confidence, and I had had several e-mails from the message board praising his work.
On the other hand, my aunt became a realtor last year, and my family is pressing us to use her because they feel she'll take better care of us (being family and all). I'm fond of my aunt, but we're not very close, so I don't think it will cause any family problems if we don't use her. I'm just not sure which way to go - I know the other realtor has a great deal of experience and has won local real estate awards, so I'm leaning towards him. It's important to us to get this house sold quickly and for the best price. But is it, in fact, true that a family member will take better care of us during the process? Help!