Yes, home inspections can miss things too. Nevertheless, brand new homes have sometimes been found to have thousands of dollars in problems and you want to be sure that your good deal is really all that good. If the house is exactly what you want, you should have your own advice in hand as to the value it carries in today's market.
You can really only expect to save the difference between what a speculator-investor would pay and what you are willing to pay. An investor will be looking for a profit. You can earn that profit by taking on the risk and any fix up costs yourself. This is the business model that you are working with, as far as I can see.
There are a couple of strategies that I have used with clients that help. They are not full proof and the other agents are right that the banks/investors are trying to minimize their loses and get the most that they can out of these assets. However, if the market is flooded with these type of properties and it is likely that you will not have any other offers come in to compete with you the the following may help:
1. Increase your earnest money that is held in anticipation of your completing the purchase. This does not increase the purchase price but it does show them that you are serious and that you have real assets that makes it more likely for you to be able to complete the transaction.
2. Eliminate contingencies: if you are confident in the property and feel that you know the potential liabilities then you can make the offer without it being contingent on financing, appraisal, or inspection (be careful that you are really willing to give up these contingencies)
3. Be willing to close on the property right away (time is money).
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