Wow! This could mean a market shift and the seller's market, with the shortage of properties and plenty of buyers. It is this way in Miami, FL.
Believe me, this is just as frustrating for us, as Realtors, to call on listing agents that don't call back (usually because the property is under contract, but they didn't update it in the system), or to find out in early am that they "just got the contract accepted"...when the property just came out the night before. In this kind of fast paced market place, you got to have a good realtor helping you.
There are some great agents outthere in your area - but you just might be going the wrong way in your search of them: you got to find your own agent - by interviewing at least a couple of agents, choosing one who is most knowledgable ot your state laws and the market, and giving them a good chance to find you a great home.
It is true that many listing agents won't tell you -the buyer- the "scoop" on the property, but they will do so to other agents, as we know how to ask/request information.
Wishing you to find a great agent and a great home,
CDPE - Certified Distressed Property Expert
Beachfront Realty, Inc.