Not using a Realtor will not save you any money. The listing agent will generally just keep both commissions. Generally speaking the commission is paid by the seller. The Listing Agent will not work for you, they work for the seller. You should get an agent that is working for you - and let the seller pay for that agent.
Attached is a link to every bank owned home on the market in the east bay.
Let me know if I can be of help or if you want to see other lists of homes.... more