If you are focusing your attention of foreclosures and/or homes that represent excellent opportunity and value, it's understandable that the market will be competitive. Today's buyers are intelligent and informed resulting is property going to those who have the best understanding of the current local market.
It is not an "inside market" but one that does benefit those that are informed and ready to act on the right opportunity.
Karen Paytas, GRI, CMS
Real Living Kee Realty
I know it's frustrating but keep the faith.