it depends on individual circumstances...whether the property was in short sale or specifically where in the foreclosure process. did you have a realtor, who did a comparative analysis of that particular market, on which you based your offer? Sometimes, sellers and agents react emotionally and get insulted at very low offers and don't want to waste the time it takes to respond...In these days of intense competition fr cash buyers/investors, realtors get gazillions of phone calls/requests to show. However, if you called the listing agent, he/she should have let you know what was going on. If not, the agent was not professional or the property was in foreclosure process and he/she was inundated w calls. Or, in this particular market, the agent could have been out of the country!
That's why it's advantageous for you to work w a realtor because usually, realtor-to-realtor, agents are more willing to discuss the real situation (inside scoop), in order to gage where you need to be price-wise to get the property. Also, when I write up an offer, I usually justify price w real numbers, comps, calculated deductions w repairs, etc. Also, I usually go in w proof of funds/financeability in writing so that we can negotiate fr a position of strength.
In today's market, there is too much inventory to filter thru, and lots of buyers who only want steals. If I can be of further service, let me know. I know this area very well because I represented a developer fr several years in that market, and sold many re-sales afterwards, and was active w the community.