Banks pay for the buyer's agent once the home is on the mls....
To answer your question...you can. I would invite you to examine your reasons, and reconsider.
Having said that, why would not have a licensed Broker represent you? I can see no advantage to try to represent yourself with one of the most important investments you will ever make. You will not save any money or get a discount because banks list and sell homes for the close to or at the appraised valued.
I would be happy to help you find a home and if the home is a bank owed or short sale home, I will be able to guild you through the very arduous process and it will cost you nothing for my service.
Please give me a call at 805-471-0828 or email me at David@Dnorwood.com â€“ Also, you can go to my web site and views homes that are bank owned or short sales at http://www.dnorwood.com/Forclosures.aspx
You would also be well-advised to define what you mean by "foreclosure." If you're talking about buying at the trustee sale you'd better do some very serious research about the many potential disasters you will need to avoid. Some folks do this successfully but many of them do this as a business and are very well versed in protecting themselves. If you're talking about buying it after the lender has taken it back, it will generally be listed for sale and you may have a broker representing your interests without costing you any additional money.