You could find a "For Sale by Owner" and work directly with the homeseller. But that will limit your choices. You could get a real estate license and then represent yourself.
I'm sorry you feel that way about real estate agents (I am one). There are some out there that truly will want to represent your best interests and will do research for you. I'm not in your area, but if you were ever interested in buying something in the Phoenix, AZ area, I would love the opportunity to just show you how I'd operate. I think I could change your mind. :)... more