Finding the right real estate agent to sell home

Why a family member may not be the best choice

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DEAR BOB: We made a bad mistake last September. My husband's niece just received her real estate sales license so we listed our home for sale with her. Fortunately, we followed your advice and listed for only 90 days. She was a complete dunce. It turned out she is selling real estate in addition to her part-time school teaching job. When I talked to a full-time realty sales agent, she said our house never appeared on the weekly real estate broker tour (probably because our agent was busy at school). The listing expired with only a half-dozen showings by other agents. No offers. Our listing agent never showed our house once. She only held two weekend open houses because she was "too busy." We are now ready to list our home for sale with a better agent. How do we find the right agent to sell our home? --Brent W. DEAR BRENT: Now you know why I constantly recommend home sellers interview at least three successful local agents before listing their home with the best agent for 90 days. If yo...