Posted by Rich-CA on August 08, 2007 at 08:17:51:
Unless the Realtor is a difficult person, present your offers the way you would to a buyer. You won’t be able to split the commission unless you are also a Realtor, but that should not make a difference since the commission is not your problem and does not need to be in your calculations for the offer.
Most banks these days contract out their REO properties to an agent to handle. It reduces their costs in getting it sold and they have a commissioned (ie, motivated) salesperson to try and get it sold.
The assessed value is meaningless in some states (for example, CA, where there is a statutory limit on the annual assessment increase and full reassessment only takes place on sale). You will need comparable sales within the last 3 months or so, which you can only get from someone with MLS access (an agent of your own).