However, if anyone can offer a way around this issue, I would be very interested in learning about it.
I'm always looking for new opportunities. However, as Don mentioned in the earlier post, we are not allowed to give anyone access to our MLS. You will not find anyone in Northern New Jersey who would be allowed to do so. There are strict rules governing the MLS. If you would like to find an agent in North Jersey to run the comps for you, then please reach out and we can talk. Thanks, Matt, and good luck!
It is possible for a non-licensed individual to be an agent's "assistant" and gain access, but the criteria are still strict. In short, you may have a problem gaining direct access.
One suggestion: Check with the investors you work with. They undoubtedly use real estate agents when selling their properties. Ask them for some suggestions. That'll do two things: (1) Help you quickly locate investor-friendly agents, and (2) Give you a lot more credibility when you try to wholesale a deal to investors. If the investor already uses that agent (or is familiar with that agent and has confidence in his/her abilities), then that investor is far more likely to trust the comps generated by that agent.
Hope that helps.