Mary Ann, I am not sure what the foreclosure rate is in your area, but here in Western Michigan it is very high! Therefore, we are finding these banks are becoming more and more willing to do things for us like turn utilities back on, make minor repairs etc.
However, I would always have your buyers agent ask the listing agents if the property will go VA. Not all bank are willing to work with such financing. Banks seem to prefer cash & conventional loans. The only way to know is to get more information from the listing agent who should have an idea of what type of financing that particular bank may consider.
I hope this information helps! Best Wishes!