So, yes... it's possible that the commission is too low to bother with. But as Jared mentions, many agents thing more long-term, as you may become a regular investor/buyer and that relationship is worth something.
Don't give up. There's someone out there willing to work with you.
I would suggest letting the agent know what your plans are... and if you plan on continuing to come to him or her with future sales/rentals/purchases. Perhaps that will help keep the agent loyal to you.
Why are you buying investment properties?
To make MONEY!
A bunch of MONEY!
To make PROFIT!
Those are all good things and you should be commended.
You also recognize that at your price point, you are the ONLY one making money. An agent working for you will be victimized by your greed. How can you possibly respect a professional who would engage you in your MONEY LOSING proposition of showing your $10,000 real estate in Detroit.
Here is a good way to attract the skilled agent you need....you know the one I'm talking about, the one that knows a little math. This is a 'good faith mutually respectful proposition that clearly shows you are not a 'free loader' who believes real estate professional can be played as chumps. I know, that IS what those investor seminars teach. We attend them too! Offer the following:
"Investor looking to patrner with real estate pro in acquiring CHEAP investment real estate. Will pay $300 per showing DAY and $75 per contract written."
The seller pays the token compensation.
A Detroit professional, who hasn't figured out how real estate works, may have sufficient idle time to accept THAT offer. Otherwise, you must understand, the agent responding to your original offer will be asleep at the wheel, and as you experienced, when the light comes on, will justifiably dissappear.
So, what do you say?
Best of Success to You,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL