If the property is a steal, well... figure it is a steal and that the listing agent is fishing for multiple offers. If it looks like a square deal why offer asking price when virtually nothing sells for asking price today?
Your agent will provide very best information, assistance and guidance. If you don't get it...
If you're enamored with Fairfax consider expanding your geographic parameters a bit. There are some coterminous communities/neighborhoods that may tickle your fancy.
Regardless of the type of property it is a buyers market and offering asking price is generally unnecessary. Again, your agent is your main and best source since we've all access to the same information. The only differences between agents are intelligence, experience, integrity and diligence.