Do I have to use my MIL as our realtor?

posted 2 weeks ago in Home
Post # 61
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Newbee

I’m a full time Realtor and unfortunately I know what it’s like to have to work with someone like your Mother-In-Law on the other side of a deal. I would suggest adding these to your list:

– how can you guarantee you will respond to all viewing requests immediately and communicate confirmed days/times to us right away?

– will you be ordering and obtaining the municipal building file and/or HOA documents to have on-hand while listed?

– what other supplemental supporting documents are you prepared to provide potential Buyer’s? Things like zoning bylaws and any other regulation documents would apply here. 

– will you be having a marketing floor plan made at your expense to be made available as soon as we are listed? 

– what type of exposure can we expect to see? She should have a balance of website, print and social media in her marketing plan. 

– will you have professional photography done and ready for the list date at your expense? 

good luck, Bee. I don’t envy your position in this and I know it will probably be agonizing dealing with her. Maybe after all your questions she will bow out. One can hope!

Post # 62
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5 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2020

I would get a market anaylsis from another realtor first if you have to use your Mother-In-Law to keep the peace. Realtors in my area will meet with you and give you a free analysis by comparing recent sales, etc. You don’t have to sign up with them. It is part of their sales pitch to get your business. This will give you objective information. In my area, NYC suburbs, the maket is so hot that you don’t have to do much to sell a house. 

Post # 63
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Is she going to be also responsible for negotiating the purchase of your next house? All of the things on your list have to do with selling, but what about the buying side of things? Does she know how to work with the lenders and and mortgage brokers for the purchase of the new house?

Post # 66
Hostess
2251 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

What happens if she can’t answer all of these questions adequately?

Post # 68
Hostess
2251 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

ilikepinacoladas :  Have you by chance showed your husband this thread? There are a lot of valid points and seeing it from another POV might change his mind on going with his mother.

Post # 70
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346 posts
Helper bee

I don’t think I’d recommend showing him this thread, in either case.  Justified or not, you said some pretty unflattering things about his mother (and him), so thinking about it from his perspective for a second, that’s gonna sting to see it all aired “in public”.  Reverse the situation and put yourself in his place.

It seems you’re on a path towards resolution, not sure I’d risk poking the hornet’s nest.  Good luck w/ everything!

Post # 71
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791 posts
Busy bee

ilikepinacoladas :  It may have already been suggested so if so, apologies. But would it be possible to interview a couple other realtors? I feel like the presentation you’re going to get from other realtors in contrast to what she will be able to do/provide/answer will be glaring. For us, we got professional photos from our realtor, a really detailed marketing analysis, comps, very open availability, and advice on the purchase. I’m not sure what the market near you is like but ours is super hot and it looks us 7 months and 7 offers to purchase a house. We literally had to look at great houses the day, and with some within hours, because houses were selling immediately. It helped so much with our realtor knowing other realtors and advising us on pricing and still it look us that long. I’m sure you’re aware of all this, just wanted to mention it. I hope you and your husband can get things settled and feel better about the situation. Buying/selling a home is increidbly stressful as it is without dealing with this. 

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