Breaking into the REO business now is tough, any listings you get, you may not want.
Go through your MLS looking for lender owned property`s. Generally in the remarks it will say "REO, Lender owned, NOT a Short Sale.
Check out the property first!!!!,
Make sure it is not a rat hole, only choose the good ones.
Call up the listing agent. Tell them you would like to hold their REO as an Open House, in fact you would like to take some pictures, maybe a movie and advertise the Open House on the Internet, Craigslist, backpage, anywhere you can.
I like to put flyer's in Starbucks, Shh, don`t tell Starbucks, In fact don't tell your broker either.
Your Broker doesn`t need to know.
Start a Blog about the REO property`s you are holding open, include pictures. Future opens, etc...
Then go have some signs made
555 cell phone
www, your website
Hold them open on afternoon drive times, and weekends. 4 or 5 a week, keep advertising each one, and holding opens. Don't forget the chair, snacks, and wireless laptop.
Make a list of all the REO`s, and Short Sales, ( 90% of short sales become REO`s ) WaLa you are now an Virtual REO Listing agent.
No doubt about it, you are starting your real estate career at a "challenging" time.
It`s like you bought the last ticket on the Titanic.
Learn social media, web2.0, and blogging.
Finally the sooner you learn to get your clients to see a lender, the longer you will stay in business.