Who Qualifies as a “Relative?”
At least in Minnesota, licensed real estate agents must disclose if they’re related to their client.
The logic: agents are presumed to have a negotiating and knowledge edge over non-Realtor “civilians” ” think, “wolves and sheep,” “sharks and seals(?),” etc. — and therefore anyone closely aligned with them does, too.
Ahh, but that just begs the question: “what constitutes “related?'”
Answer: one’s spouse, siblings, parents, grandparents, children, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Can’t keep track of all that?
Here’s a shorthand I heard at a continuing ed class the other week: “If you can’t marry ’em . . . you’d better disclose that you’re related to them.”
The line got a few “Eww’s!” . . . but mostly laughs.
“Tiger Moms” (and Dads) ” Real Estate Version
As an agent, I’ve found that negotiating with a Realtor who’s related to their client can be more challenging.
That’s because, instead of being dispassionate and objective, an agent who’s (too?) close to their client can behave more emotionally.
One of the toughest deals I’ve handled as a listing agent (thankfully, many years ago) was with a Buyer’s agent representing her son in multiple offers.
Call the phenomenon, “Tiger Mom — Realtor version” (I’m sure there are “Tiger Dads” out there, too).