Normally, I would plug an agent I work with but I will give you the honest truth out there right now.....the market is so hot and like you said so many offers, if you see a house you like, go directly to the listing agent to represent you. That way, they have motive to take your offer because they are making twice the commission. Surely, this will work and save time and struggle.
.....don't forget me for financing though. I am a lender for premier agents in Oakland!