Unfortunately the market has changed so the low hanging fruit is a thing of the past.
To Beth: Victor has been a CA licensed agent since July 1990, so he is not a newbie. He probably just did not realize this was a discussion board and not an email link to the listing agent.
I have the same situation for another area that I am working on. Working with a local realtor will give you knowledge of the specific values in the area, as well as acccess to the homes. It all depends on how many homes you want to consider on what makes the most sense.
In addition, a licensed agent does not guarantee that the listing brokerage will pay commissions to someone outside their association area (whether you are in another association, or not). That is handled at a broker level, so even if you present an offer for your buyer, they are not obligated to compensate you.