Your best advice is from your own agent, if you don't have an agent to show you homes for sale, you should find one that you trust and enjoy working with. Agents have more access to information than the general public. They are quickly able to research foreclosure lists, short sales, prices of homes that sold, and have experience working with the many agents and brokers in the area. Agents are familiar with problems is some communities to watch for, they can advise you on prices to offer and communicate with the listing agent effectively. And especially since the seller pays for your agent, why not???