Romance in real estate: Fairy tales, trysts and scandals

9 tales that cover the full spectrum of love
  • Your next client could be the love of your life.
  • But agents should evaluate whether any romantic interest connected to their job could create a conflict that interferes with their ability to serve a client's best interests.

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The listing appointment between the real estate agent and prospective client lasted six hours. When the agent -- who was engaged -- left the meeting, she called up her friend, Jennifer Egbert. Then she turned around and headed back to the prospective client. "What the hell is going on here?" she asked the man with whom she'd shared company for the better part of a workday, according to Egbert, a Boulder, Colorado-based Realtor. "I don't know, but we'll figure it out," he responded. And they did. They've been married for nearly 20 years and have four kids. From true love to flings, stories of romance in real estate abound. While they may lead to everlasting happiness, they also can sometimes complicate agents' ability to do their job -- and just cause a general mess. Inman has compiled nine real estate love stories. Read on for a window into the many shapes and forms that romance can take in the business, along with their consequences. 'The only catch is that ...