If you're not working with an agent, ask yourself "why not?" Agents have current, up-to-the-minute status information on property, and you won't have to waste your time trying to figure it all out.
Incidentally, think about engaging the services of an EBA . . . Exclusive Buyer Agent. They are the best form of BUYER represenation available.
Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner
EBA Portland, LLC
Exclusive Buyers' Agent
Assisting Buyers in Metro Portland since 1999
The Hasson Company Realtors
PMAR Million Dollar Club Member