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By Shawn Manderscheid

As a licensed Real Estate Professional for 25+ years, consistently performing in the Top 1% of Houston Realtors, Shawn is truly a treasure in the real estate field.

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Should you let a friend or family member represent you in a real estate transaction? To answer this question, it’s essential to consider two key aspects. 

The first is that I have observed many buyers that have faced negative experiences because they were guided by a friend or family member who lacked the necessary expertise. Does your agent have specific knowledge and expertise in the market you are buying or selling in? Second, it’s crucial to recognize the substantial impact of real estate transactions on your finances. A smooth process can save or earn you tens of thousands of dollars, while a mishandled one can result in significant losses. Therefore, it’s essential to approach agent selection meticulously. Think of it as an interview process rather than a hasty decision. 

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If a friend or family member expects your business solely based on your relationship, consider whether that’s a valid reason to choose them. The critical criterion should be their ability to advocate for your interests and their proficiency in the relevant market. While they might excel locally, it’s vital to prioritize the best choice for your needs.

Ultimately, select an agent who provides the utmost benefit to you. Don’t hesitate to look beyond personal connections if another agent is better suited for the task. To evaluate potential agents, ensure they possess experience in your market and a proven track record of success. Reviews and recommendations can be telling indicators of their capabilities. Additionally, establish trust, effective communication, and a sense that they genuinely have your best interests at heart.

“The critical criterion should be their ability to advocate for your interests and their proficiency in the relevant market.”

Shift the perspective from selecting an agent to please others to choosing an agent for your financial well-being. The significance of real estate decisions necessitates careful consideration and thorough vetting. Opt for an agent who aligns with your goals so you can make informed choices to ensure the best outcomes for these significant life decisions.

If you’re looking for someone who can help guide you with your real estate journey, call or email me. I’m happy to share my insider knowledge with you.