there is never a drawback to expanding your search as then you will see the full scope of the market. So look, it cannot hurt. However, FSBO's can be hard to handle on your own. there are disclosures, reports and inspections you should ask for. Your realtor knows the process and will not skip any of the steps. Often, however a FSBO will allow you to have a realtor. Ask the question and get representation. Buying a home is an important investment and you want to make sure you are satisfied. Banks can offer some great savings when buying a foreclosure but keep in mind the home is usually sold in an AS IS condition and there is often need for repairs. Usual and customary expectation is to replace flooring and paint interior. Hope this helps.