“Hello Gary. I have a dilemma. I want to sell my home and move to Riverside. Because my friend is an agent and having money problems, I feel obligated to list with her. But I’d much rather use another agent I know who’d do a much better job. Any ideas?”
First of all, you’re clearly a very nice person and a good friend.
I’ve known many people in your dilemma, and almost every single one who hired the less skilled friend regretted it later. Not only did they lose money, sell slower, or have extra headaches, but often they lost their friend in the messy process.
I suggest you tell your friend that you value your friendship too much to risk it by doing business together.
You probably won’t take this advice, but…
If you’re a big softie, you might just give your friend a check for $1,000 and hire the good agent. A bad agent would likely cost you way more than $1,000, so you’d be better off.