I think is odd that no one wanted to work with you as a Buyer's Representative! I have represented other agents in the past, especially on difficult transactions. I would be glad to help you find homes to fix and flip.
I also do BPOs and so I have an advantage. I know about the "shadow inventory" of homes that are not currently listed on the MLS but that are being processed and readied for market. Even if the properties end up being listed with someone else, I know when they getting ready for sale. So we can be ready to pounce on them as soon as they hit the MLS.
AND I specialize in non-MLS properties. Some clients, for one reason or another just cannot meet the requirements for being listed on the MLS (the 24 hour showing notice is one of the reasons). They still list and sell with us, but are not on the MLS. These can be little gems that might fit your needs.
I would love to work with you! Give me a call at 763-548-1418 (office) or email me at pakasper@ExitRealtyNexus.com. Thanks!
As a Realtor BELIEVE ME I understand our world and the commission issue. I WANT the listing agent to keep everything because like you said I make money buying and flipping. I have even tried to ask agents to help represent me on the buy side since there is no way I am getting the commission. Seems like free money to me but no agents I have talked to in this area are interested. They must think it more phone to prospect for clients than work with an investor:)
So I figured it must be more effective to work with the listing agent instead and that way they can keep the whole commission hopefully. I will be upfront with any of the REO agents that contact me so as like you said not waste anyone's time on an offer we both know the bank will not accept. I understand sometimes the home needs to be on the market a certain length of time before the lender might be willing to discount it.