Here are two thoughts about the market.
1. Comparable sales are a snapshot in time, and a result of many variables coming together at that precise moment. Don’t get too attached to the comps – they are only a guidepost for how much the next property might get.
2. Using a family friend to be your realtor can destroy a friendship if they don’t live up to your expectations. Mentioned is a website to check the sales history of an agent, but when I checked mine it was hard to figure their time period – I think it is 24 months: