A comment by Nina Hollander on yesterday's post Strengths and Weakness made me think of this situation quite a few years ago.
A neighbor called and asked my advice about selling her house. She did not want to sell but a relative thought it was a good idea..to get rid of the large house and rent an apartment.
I found out she owed nothing on the house, loved the house and was living there for the cost of the taxes, maintenance and utilities...much less than renting.
She was relieved that I did not ask her for the listing.. I left without a listing and felt good. My neighbor called later to thank me for my time and compassion. She was so happy not to sell her home.
Two weeks later there was a For Sale on her house. It seems her relative, also a REALTOR®, had convinced her to sign a listing and her home was under contract. She called to tell me how sorry she was for not taking my advice. Again she asked for advice, this time to get out of the contract.
A different kind of TOO LATE and my advice was no longer available.