Hey Frustrated HomeBuyer, You sure opened a can of worms. Are you still opening all the answers that are coming in your email? You've gotten some great advice. I loved the advice about setting up a separate email account for your home search. That still won't make an agent contact you though. And what an "AHA" moment it must have been to learn that we are marketeers, in this endeavor, trying to attract business by putting our faces and contact information out there only to put you on a email chain mail list of useless information and not returning your serious calls for help, and a simple appointment. Business must be hopping in San Diego.
Seriously, when I sign up on any website, I expect to be added to their marketing campaigns. There is usually an opt out place if I don't want their emails. I scroll through hundreds, if not thousands of emails daily, because there might be something useful. After a few days, its easy to see which ones are the same stuff over and over and I opt out - its really a no brainer.
If you really want to search for and find your house all by yourself, without a buyers agent, give the listing agent a break. I know that our team takes every email we get seriously. Occaisionally, one may fall through the cracks, but we try very hard for that not to happen. We try to respond within minutes of getting an email, but if the email comes in at midnight, it may wait until morning. If you give us a phone number, you run the risk of having us call you, but then, you did want to see the house. Give the listing agent your question, the address, the time you want to see the house, whether or not you are prequalified and a phone number and time to reach you. You will probably still go on the mailing list, but you just upped your chances for getting a quick call back. If you don't get a response then, You can text us, call us, tweet us or find us on Facebook.
Sorry, I am not in San Diego, but if all this fails and If the house is listed in MLS, most agents could probably answer or find an answer for you, and do you really want to work with an agent that won't call bacK?