I'm sorry for your difficulties. In reality, FSBO's only get seen by a tiny portion of the buying public. Those who focus on them are hoping to save themselves the commissions, not help you save them.
What you have is a home that needs to be rehabbed and there are loans for that (FHA 203K), but you need to expose the home to the largest possible market to get the most possible buyer's and top dollar.
Talk to some local agent's who are successfully listing and selling homes around you. Have them list the home, put a key box on and publish the details in your local MLS. Agents with qualified buyers will handle the showings and it will be on display worldwide 24/7 until it sells.
You will need to price it to cover your expenses and your agent will be in the best position to advise what you may be able to get for it. Just don't be overly optimistic, price it to sell and move on.
I think the first question to ask is - How is the home currently being advertised? Is it listed in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS)? The MLS is a directory of properties for Real Estate Agents to market properties for Sellers and locate properties for Buyers. If it isn't listed yet, the property is missing out on far reaching exposure and a much greater pool of potential Buyers. These buyers may be represented by their own Real Estate Agents who can show the home without relying on your father. There are a couple of options to get your home listed in the MLS. Hire a traditional Realtor and compensate them with a commission upon the sale of the home. Hire a Flat Fee Real Estate Company to list your home for an upfront Flat Rate. If you are short on cash, it may be difficult to come up with the fee upfront but you could save a significant amount of money over paying a commission. Best of luck!
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It sounds like George would be a great person to hire since he is very familiar with the area!