I wish you the best of luck. With the way the market has been previous, you may have a hard time finding someone with that level of experience with short sales.
Finding a real estate agent that is in your father's best interest is easier. Once your father hires them to sell his house, any agent you find has a fiduciary responsibility to do what is best for your father.
That is a tough situation to be in and I hope you find a good person to help your father out. One thing you may try doing is contacting the banks in the area and other lenders and ask them who has done short sale work for them. Just remember that at that point, you may get the answer that they bank wants you to hear.
Post it both ways (or have your agent do that) and make mention of the mixed use zoning in the "remarks" as well. There is an advantage to get the word out in both markets; you'll also want to have your listing listed in the commercial arena (the one outside the normal MLS). If the agent you are considering says he's not a commercial agent have him/her contact a a comm. agent who will co-list with him/her so you get the word out in both major arena. Commercial is a whole other world and they don't have the same MLS. So you'll have good luck selling your place if it's priced well. Make sure your agent gets commercial consultation (with experienced commercial agents) when pricing it; especially if you use a 'solely residential' agent to do the for the listing-... more