What is the best way of looking at informations such as photos specs of a Foreclosure without having to meet with a Real Estate Agent?

Asked by Ismael Rios, Cypress, CA Sat Dec 15, 2012

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Valerie O'Br…, Agent, Newport Beach, CA
Sat Dec 15, 2012
Well I know everyone thinks we are used car salesmen and you don't want to be hounded by a salesperson. The truth is if you want the key to the castle you have to find the one who hold s the key. Interview a few realtors so you find one you like, who will work for you benefit, goals and finances.
We are legally required to look out for your best interests.
I guess the answer to your questions is the only resort you have left is to peek in the windows and that is not legal either!!!
We are here to help when you are ready!
Best regards,
Valerie O'Brien
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Kay Lee, Agent, Fullerton, CA
Sat Dec 15, 2012
if you are going to the courthouse auction to pay cash for a foreclosure, the best person to talk to is a title rep.

if you are buying bank-owned foreclosure that is listed on the mls, you would be crazy not to talk to a real estate agent. a buyer's agent is a must. don't be one of those people that think going directly with the listing agent on bank-owned property is the way to go. they are only working for the seller. a fair and ethical listing agent will consider all offers even if from an outside brokerage. those that won't are crooks and why would you want to buy a house from them anyway? i have personal experience with friends and family that thought they were smart by going directly with the listing agent and got screwed to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars. don't be one of them.
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Mahesh Patel, Agent, Anaheim Hills, CA
Sat Dec 15, 2012
90 % or more of all homes are sold thru. Realtors... They can be of great assistance to you....let the numbers do the talking
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Steven Ornel…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Sat Dec 15, 2012

Use http://www.Realtor.com! See:

MLS Data Accuracy – Where to search if you’re “without Realtor®”

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Pacita Dimac…, Agent, Oakland, CA
Sat Dec 15, 2012
Where are you looking at foreclosures? At auction sites? On the county courthouse?

You may not have deal with a realtor if you bid at auctions -- but buyer beware.

Many bank foreclosures are going to be listed with realtors anyway -- and realtors will prepare the property for sale, including taking photos. If the property is on the MLS, the photos will be there as well. And many sites will pick up listings as they become available. That's one way you can look.

However, when it comes time to write an offer, you'll still deal with a realtor to open the property to let you in so you can look at it. And then you'll have to get someone to write the offer for you. Unless you prefer to buy properties without seeing them up close.

Buying real estate property is challenging enough. So work with a professional who can help you. If you've got a toothache, don't you see a dentist? The pain may be greater in real estate if you ignore advice from people who do real estate day in and day out.

Good luck!
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Sat Dec 15, 2012
Why are Realtors anathema to you?
Do they all have cooties in Buena Park?
Are you afraid that if you look them in the eye, you will disappear?
As a rule, we are a nice bunch of people.
I would break bread with them; but then, I'm prejudiced.
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Michael Davis, Agent, Los Alamitos, CA
Sat Dec 15, 2012
The truth is in your eyes. Photos in a lot of cases are decieving, physically seeing the property is the key to accuracy. Interview a few agents for your comfort and their honesty and integrity, they will assist you with your real estate needs. Driving around to open houses is an option but your only setting youself up for disappointment as you never know the price until you take your time going. Your Realtor will provide properties that fit your loan qualifications.
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Maryann Hard…, Agent, Garden Grove, CA
Sat Dec 15, 2012
Just wanted to point out more thing, when foreclosures are listed, there usually are not many pictures input in the MLS (often all you get is one picture) so if you want to see the property...you know who you need to call...
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Libardo Quin…, , Newport Beach, CA
Sat Dec 15, 2012
Good morning Ismael (buenos dias)
Please send me an email and I will add your name to the daily email list, plus other two websites were you can see properties without any realtor contact.
I am bilingual (Spanish & English), license in real estate and banker, my current position is with Kinecta Federal CU (the biggest in CA) we have great purchase programs and the best rebates and benefits in the industry.

NMLS 380933
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Leah Wise, Agent, Buena Park, CA
Sat Dec 15, 2012
Listingbook, I can send you the invitiation. Its live like the MLS as is 100% accurate vs Realtor.com, Zillow and Trulia which are delayed.

I have a new listing that just hit Thursday but we are not showing it until Sunday from 1-4p. Its a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom over 1400 square foot home for $275,000 in Anaheim. Let me know if you want to see that. If you only want Buena Park, we have a 3 bed, 2 bath about 1200 sq ft, its an equity sale listed for $374,900 and that one is on La Casa in Buena Park and we have an open house today from 1-4pm. If your looking for something bigger, we have a 4 bed, 3 bath about 2100 sq ft all rehabbed with a pool for $424,900. Let me know if we can help!

If you want that account, email me at leah@thewiseteamoc.com and I'll send it to you. Thanks!

Thank you!
Leah Wise
The Wise Team
Keller Williams Realty
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Jeremy Lehman, Agent, Garden Grove, CA
Sat Dec 15, 2012
You can look at all the listings online, they hit within 24 hours of being added to the MLS. BTW, buyers agents service is paid for by the seller whether you use one or not. If you choose not to use an agent, you don't get a better deal, rather just a bad experience.
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allan erps,A…, Agent, Pearl River, NY
Sat Dec 15, 2012
Cannot imagine why a Realtor® would not be able to help you. Your resistance to that method sparks my curiousity.
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Sat Dec 15, 2012
Keep trolling Trulia and Zillow. When the homes are ready for sale they will eventually appear on these sites. The details and images that appear is beyond the control of the real estate agent. Don't forget, you also have the options of subscribing to RealtyTrac.
However, if you want actionable, reliable, timely data, you may want to rethink your approach. There is benefit in working with a pro. You actaully have a LOT of options of participating in a large number of 'FRAGMENTED' resources. That is what is so incredible about real estate, there are so many choices.
One choice that is always available is to make it as difficult for yourself as possible. The banks prefer you use the services of a professional as Suzanne pointed out. Investing energy to operate contrary to the process seems a waste. But, you have choice and that what makes real estate so fascinating.
Best of success to you.
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Sat Dec 15, 2012
Banks do mot usually sell the fpreclosures themselves, they are given to an asset management company who hires an approved loacl agent to list them. To view pictures and info the best place is a search that comes from the local MLS as it will be most up to date. Working with a local buyer broker who is well experienced with REO homes is the best way to get access to new listings.
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Suzanne MacD…, Agent, Morristown, NJ
Sat Dec 15, 2012
Your local multiple listing service is really the only way. The MLS will only have homes that are actually listed for sale by the bank or the homeowner. Other sites are publishing a list of homes for which legal papers have been filed to start the foreclosure process, but they are not available for purchase until the owner lists them with a realtor and they are put on the MLS. Likewise banks will not talk to anyone or sell a home until it is listed with a realtor and put on the MLS. So, MLS is really your only reliable resource.
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