In this day and age of the internet, with most customers first looking online for a home, the idea of a "local" agent does not have as much bearing as it did in the past. The neighborhoods here on Long Island are not that far apart that an agent who is not "local" would be unable to effectively sell your home. I have personally sold homes as far away as Queens, Glen Cove, Mineola, Franklin Square and Elmont in addition to the homes "locally" in my Roslyn/Roslyn Heights office area. I would have no trouble selling a home in East Meadow either.
Having said that, is the friend of the family a full time agent? Knowledgeable and Skillful in all the internet capabilities that are required in marketing a home today? Honest? Experienced? These are important factors that come into play when an agent markets a home.
Having an agent, whether "local" or not, who is both personable to you and to your customers and other agents as well as a full time agent who is knowledgeable, skillful and experienced will probably get your home sold for the most money, as quickly as possible and to the most qualified buyer in todays market. Interview 2 or 3 and then choose the agent you are most comfortable with, in all areas.
Arlynn B. Palmer, ESQ, CBR, SRES, CMS, CNS
Licensed Associate Broker
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty
1400 Old Northern Blvd.
Roslyn, NY 11576
Office: 516-484-1800 x 252