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While I agree with Sam you can hire a local appraiser which you will have to front the cost. If you are looking to purchase I would recommend you work with a Broker who can run you the comps of what has sold in the area you are looking to purchase.
I will tell you the minute that 2 flat comes on the market in North Center it will have offers almost immediately from investors.
Manuel Brown, Broker
You could contact a local appraiser and ask them to run the information for you - It will cost you a fee, but it would be a reliable source
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However, it is not possible to simply put your offer in 1st and expect to win. These banks understand that it can take a few days to see how popular, or not, a property is, so they wil just sit on the 1st offer for a day or 2 until they see if others might be coming in.
If the list price is too high and your offer is 'reasonable' based on real comps yet more than 10% below what the list price is, the bank will ignore you. Being first does not work like it use to before the Internet came along.