If you haven't already figured this out, I'd be happy to assist you. I'm not an expert in this particular location, but I'd be happy to get you in touch with Realtors who know this area inside out.
RE/MAX Real Estate Group
You should try contacting the listing agent. If the house has gone into foreclosure, sometimes it is removed from the active MLS listings and therefore, some buyers agents may not know how to help you. Also, ask to speak to the "broker" at an agency in the Bloomfield-Allen area. I am sure they will be able to help you or give you some good advise! Good luck!
Judy Wall, Realtor Associate
Heritage House Sothebys International Realty
Perhaps you can ask your family or friends if they have any recommendations as to an agent that has helped them in the past. Or, if you prefer an online method, my recommendation would be to visit http://www.localism.com. It's a buyer and seller website extension of Active Rain, a website for agents, brokers, and other people working in real estate. You can search by city or area. Trulia is also a great site as well to find homes in the area you are desiring. Best of luck to you!
Bloomfield-Allen Township is the area around Ewing Park and Easter Lake, east of Indianola Road, in Des Moines. The property I wanted to make an offer on was located at 2200 Hart Avenue and I missed it. I did, however, use the services of Jay Snyder to buy a different foreclosed condo in the same area. Jay answered my question here on Trulia and was extremely helpful. I am currently living several states away and made a single trip to Des Moines to look at the property on July 2nd, wrote the offer on July 3rd and closed last Friday, August 7th. All of the paperwork was handled via fax, email and wire transfers. Once I get moved to Des Moines my plan is to buy some properties for rentals and I will use Jay Snyder again. I am so pleased that I have also recommended him to a friend. Thank you!
If the house you are wanting is a foreclosure my best advice to you is contact a Real Estate office and request to speak with a Realtor who specializes in REOs (foreclosed) or Shortsales. I have represented buyers and sellers in shortsales and foreclosures and it takes special knowledge and attention to details to make this work.
If you are working with an agent in your hometown they can refer you to an agent in the town you are moving to and request an REO Specialist.
If you have already found the perfect agent I am very happy for you. There are agents that will give you 110% so don't get discouraged.