MY SISTER CALLED WITH A REAL ESTATE QUESTION
My sister called today with a real estate question. She lives in Tyler, a Texas city about 120 miles from me here in Frisco, Texas. I was excited to hear from her for personal and professional reasons.
Her husband died of a heart attack about 15 years ago, then her only child was killed in a car accident a few years later. Her grandson is in college and lives with her. She and I are only two years apart in age, and don't see each other as often as we should.
She had mentioned to me a year ago that she had plans to sell the house she lives in, and I asked her to let me know when she was ready and I would refer her to a good real estate agent in the Tyler area. The thought of a small referral fee entered my mind then and again today when she started talking real estate.
She began asking a lot of questions, and I wanted to show my expertise and answer them. After all, I am supposed to be the family real estate expert here in Texas!
However, her questions quickly turned legal: the house she lives in was owned by her daughter, who had recently remarried weeks before her untimely death, but the daughter left the house to the grandson in the will, and does the daughter's surviving husband who has remarried have any claim to the house ...you get the picture.
I had to punt and tell her she needs to consult an attorney, because I am not qualified to answer the legal questions she was asking. I hated to not be able to help her, but I know the rules - real estate agents can't give legal advice.
At least we were able to wish each other a Happy Thanksgiving. Real estate can wait!