Your situation is certainly not unique. We have great homes at great prices. We have lots of buyers competing for the same homes. It is a very comptetitive market especially concerning foreclosures. If the home is priced right, it is not on the market long. Many of the realtors who answered your question accurately advised you to find a buyer's agent you can work with. I suggest you start with the individuals who answered your inquiry. These are the realtors who are using the latest technology tools in their business and can respond quickly to your requests.
As I mentioned your situation is not unique. I deal almost exclusively with out-of-town buyers. When I first make contact with them, I find out what type of home they are wanting, their price range, time frame, financing, etc. Then I set them up in my VIP Buyer Program so they start receiving listings that match their criteria. This will give you the opportunity to learn more about our market here and determine what type of home you can get for your money. During this time, I am available to answer questions and provide information on specific listings. This process will save you time since you will not be wasting time searching through hundreds of listings on various websites. You will be previewing only those lisings that match your criteria. Also, many of the websites are not as up to date as our Multiple Listing System. I have had inquiries on properties that have sold months ago that are still showing active on various websites. So for up to date information, you need to establish a line of communication with a local Realtor who has access to the Multiple Listing System..
Nnext this I advise my buyer to plan a trip here for at least 2 or 3 days, so we can meet, drive around the area, look at some homes, etc. This gives you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the area, determine what neighborhoods or communities you prefer, and it gives me the opportunity to learn more about your wants and needs, and likes and dislikes.
When you go bach north, I will be your eyes and ears. I sold several homes over the past year to customers sight unseen becasue I knew exactly what they were looking for. I can provide you with a list of references so you can speak with some of my customers so they can tell you about their experience. If you are already familiar with our area, then you are one step ahead.
There are numerous other items that you need to know, but this email is long enough. I would be happy to discuss this further with you and assist you any way I can. My job is to be your information resource and provide you with all the objective and accurate information I can so you can make the best decision for you and your family.
Hope to hear from you soon.