I understand your frustration. as the market is kind of crazy now days. With a lot of foreclosures & the NEWS...
We hv real estate attorney in our office & are brokers in the state of NY.
Do let us know if u need any help. As we handle a lot of short sales/ foreclosure properties.
Also, I was checking a couple days ago my cancel listings and there is one that it has been vacant over two years and had not been on the market. According to tax records, not even the owner nave had been changed.
Move on, hire a realtor and buy!