In the Pittsburgh area, all the foreclosed homes can be shown by any agent who is a member of the multi-list (which is pretty much every agent). You'll want to pick an agent who is familiar not just with foreclosures, but also other "distressed" properties which might also be selling well below market value, but aren't owned by a bank like foreclosures. Typically, the agents who do most of the listings of foreclosures don't work as buyer's agents. They will work with someone else who shows their listings and understands what it takes to make a successful REO (Real Estate Owned) offer and knows how to get the contract closed.
You definitely want to work with someone who is YOUR agent, that is, someone who has a fiduciary responsibility to you in the transaction.
I see you are in the 15243 zip code, I also live in 15243, and my office is right on Cochran Road. However when it comes to showing properties I've sold homes in most of Allegheny County. Last year I represented 12 clients as a Buyer's Agent in foreclosure deals. (Actually I represented a few more, but not all of them were the high bidder). If you'd like to get together and discuss the process, what it takes to make a successful bid on a foreclosure, and get some information on foreclosures in areas you are interested, I'd be happy to meet with you.
The best place to reach me is my cell, 412-334-5704.
Best of luck to you!
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I have been working with investors for over 8 years with bank owned/distressed properties and rental properties, that either get flipped, rented, or of course lived in as a primary residence. I also personally work with these properties so I know how complicated these properties can become. Foreclosure sales are not for the faint of heart, as they typically have no utilities on and sold AS-IS. So be careful who you choose to represent you, because if they aren't aware of these issues and know how to deal with them, you could be in for a wild ride.
If you want to see if we would make a good team, feel free to contact me. If not, just be careful who you do choose. The recent downturn in sales have caused some agents who would have never stepped in one of these properties to now claim they are "Foreclosure" specialists. I am not putting anyone down, but rather pointing out that you need to make sure the agent you want to represent you really is and has been working with these properties for years and knows what's involved.
You should associate yourself with a Realtor who has experience with helping buyers of foreclosed homes. There are many Realtors who fit that general description these days. Ask your friends, relatives or co-workers for a recommendation. You can usually get a great referral from someone who is pleased with the service that was provided by their Realtor.