There is no easy way to say how to do a quick fix, but the most common mistake in Real Estate is doing business with a friend of the family. I constantly am fixing this problem for listing that have gone south. You have to be able to be honest about expectation, goal, and most importantly your back pocket with your LISTING AGENT. Most people find this hard to do with a "family friend".
The simplest thing to do is to start over. Interview a few agents. Get an out side prospective,.
I hope this works out for you.
Let me know if you need anymore advice.
Unless the family agreed that you could take over the marketing if your sister did a bad job hiring an agent, then I really think you would do everybody a favor by stepping back from this, let the "friend of the family" do what they do WITH YOUR FULL SUPPORT, and have your sister's back, right or wrong.
Personally, I would take my website down, and devote my time and energies to keeping the memories of my mother alive within the family. The little bit of money that your agent is costing the estate is trivial compared to the things that really matter in life.
All the best,
Ask to have the home withdrawn. With no obligation/commission date... it is unlikely the broker will allow it, but for now you are stuck with this agent till you sell the home, or it expires.
The real issue however might be in the price, and it is not always the agent.
Has he/she scheduled any open houses yet?
Progress! Maybe my entreaties to my sister finally paid off.
Still no progress on the description, though, which I will continue to press on.
Much thanks to everyone who offered advice in this topic. It's appreciated
It's time to be direct and deal with the issues, otherwise accept it and expect more of the same. Another way of viewing this is that by taking a passive position you are enabling someone to continue to exist with poor performance.
The fact that you felt obligated to set to the task of developing your own personal website for the home speaks volumes....you just need to listen to yourself and then do what is necessary.
Time for a "powwow"
I'm sure the Realtor for your late mother's home just wants to do a good job and help sell the property. I think you should contact her and express your concerns. As long as it's not being done in a confrontational way I believe you will be pleasantly surprised.
I also would suggest that you speak directly to the realtor that is currently marketing the home. As an owner of the property you do have the right to give in put into the details that go into the marketing. Part of being a good realtor is knowing when to listen to your clients and he should be willing to listen to what you have to say and may appreciate your input.