My best advice is to "hire" a Realtor to go to work for you. By hire, I mean you would sign an exclusive buyer brokerage agreement and work with just that one Reatlor. That way the Realtor would know he or she would be paid (at closing) for the time invested helping and advising you. The listing agent splits the commission paid for by the property owner with the buyer agent.
We can help you with that. We have two full-time buyer specialits on our team. (http://jeanscottteam.com/about). But there are many other good Realtors who work in Oviedo as well. Call a few, see who you like.
Thomas Scott, RealtorÂ®
Keller Williams Advantage Realty
If you find the right HUD home, 10 to 20 other bidders have found the right HUD home too.
Best of Luck.
Looking at the 3 blocks of that neighborhood, the sales were within $2000 of asking price and around $90/sq ft. Even a short sale in this neighborhood went to contract in 40 days, which is almost unheard of. This HUD home is priced at $88/sq ft. Unfortunately, the sale hasn't actually closed yet becoming public record so I can't tell you what the actual selling price was.