Posted by Vic on May 12, 2000 at 19:54:40:
One reason you might be having trouble getting real estate agents to help you is that, once you tell them that you are wanting to do l/o, they know that if you are successful doing it that they may have to wait years to get their commission. In other words, if you do a l/o using an agent, if they get a commission at all, it’s goinng to be small compared to what they would get on a sale. It’s just not worth it to them.
As far as going around the agent to present your offer, I would not reccommend this. People hire an agent to be the go-between so that they only have to deal with one person. If you find a house you like & want to make an offer on it, I would go through the agent first. FSBO’s that advertise in the newspaper obviously have no agent at all, so you can deal directly with them, without any middleman.
Remember an agent is there to make money. They are not there to provide you with information & will not do so unless there’s something in it for them. So, if l/o’s is what you intend to do, I think I would focus on FSBO’s only until you get a good grasp of everything that is going on. Then maybe you’ll have more success dealing with agents. Good Luck!!!