Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
HUD home transactions aren't really all that different than a regular MLS listing except that they are foreclosures, which means added risk. Anytime a home is vacant, it introduces a lot of potential problems including maintenance issues, squatters, vandalism, etc.
Realtors value their time like the rest of us. If he thinks he's wasting his time, he'll probably steer you away. That may be because he thinks it will sell before you get a chance, that you'll not buy because of certain conditions or that the price is just not low enough. Unless your Realtor is a very, very small operation, it's likely that he'll be handing off most of the final paperwork anyway, but it's labor intensive for him to submit bids. I wouldn't really blame him for not wanting to "enter a losing battle", but he should be communicating that with you. Don't be afraid to shop around if you're not getting the service you want. A lot of realtors are only part time anyway and try to juggle it with their day jobs, family life, etc...