One bargain hunter to an other:
Not unusual to whip consumers into a frenzy and in droves to buy bargains after Christmas and clean up the racks with 60-70% savings on original prices. The early bird gets the worm. While it leaves many late comers with the empty racks scratching their head. That is why there are so many holidays and so many sales that we all can share the bargains.
Just as you can with present day real estate sales. With over a half a million foreclosures unsold last year alone your chances are not fading in finding great deals in the pipeline. It does however teaches you to be there early enough to grab the best ones for yourself.
Scott is right, homes that are priced right are moving rather quickly...Also, are you financing? In some cases the seller may look at a cash deal over a financing deal, "cash is king"...many times the cash buyer has less contingencies. Good luck with your search, keep at it.
Home Run Real Estate inc
Please see my blog with tips and advice for buying bank owned homes.
Ask your Realtor if they have a program called "ListingBook", it is a nationwide program available through the local MLS. ListingBook IS the MLS, and Realtors can give their clients access. You will then be able to see if a property is pending, if it is a short sale, bank owned etc.
I know it is very frustrating for you and your Realtor. Benjamin was correct about looking on the consumer websites, they are just not accurate and allow only limited information for the buyer.
http://mathewson.listingbook.com (You can see what the link looks like)