Start with a Realtor who answers their phone and talks to you in a normal, polite and courteous manner.
Which brings me to a question: Why, in the current market, are you calling listing agents? Youâ€™re not going to get a better deal or terms that way, as youâ€™ve discovered. In your area, most homes are foreclosures listed by REO Listing Agents, many of whom, quite frankly, donâ€™t want to talk to you. Tons of whom will never respond to your calls or emails.
You are truly best served by hooking up with a good, hardworking and knowledgeable buyerâ€™s agent with whom you feel comfortable and who has sold a large number of homes this past year.
Why do I recommend finding someone whoâ€™s sold a LOT of homes representing buyers in the past year? Because the market has gone insane and you need someone with a lot of success in the current market who can lead you through the landmines dotting the real estate landscape. Someone who knows the ropes, knows the prices, knows how to write effective offers, knows how to submit to REO agents and who has a thick skin.
And someone who, in spite of all the stuff going on out there, will represent you to the best of their ability, do it with a smile on their face and find you a home that truly works for you.
Here are a few posts that may be helpful:
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How To Buy An REO â€“ Top 17 Questions Answered
Top 10 Things I HATE About REOs: AND 3 Startling Consequences
Artificially Low List Prices Are Wreaking Market Havoc: 6 MAJOR Emerging Problems
Itâ€™s Too Good To Be True: REALLY â€“ Top 4 Buyer Myths