Your agent should be watching out for your best interest and work hard to get you the best deal. With so many multiple offers coming in on REOs. I have put in offers for a buyer with a sizable downpayment, credit scores in the 800s and he has lost out on a few properties.
He started out low-balling (I didn't have a problem with that). Then when they realized how the market was working he began to make offers that were at listing price and even above. Some of the properties had 17 offers...we perservered until we found an option that would work for him.
You do need someone who will make those phone calls and follow up for you. That is your agent's job and they should be willing to do it!
Ask around for referrals from co-workers and friends and call a few different brokers to find someone you can work with.
All my best!
We'll see. Thank you everyone for all your great comments and suggestions. I do appreciate it.
I am not afraid of writing offers for my clients even if they are well below the asking price
I would be happy represent you and keep you best interests # 1
First Team Real Estate
If you want to send me your information I will find you an agent out in the valley. What city are you wanting to live in? What size home are you looking for? How many bedrooms & bathrooms? I have Realtors that work out that way all the time and they are not afraid to be assertive. You are in a good position out there where there are plenty of properties looking for buyers.
I would be glad to refer you to excellent valley agents.