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Asking too much of a realtor to show us vacant homes now?

We aren't ready to buy yet, but will be visiting Bend, Oregon in May to check out the manufactured home parks that we are interested in, for retiring. But we hope to buy within the year, or a year and 1/2. Is it pushing a realtor too much if we ask to see the vacant homes that are in the parks? We want to get an idea of what the older ones are like, which are usually less expensive, compared to the newer ones, but we are not planning on spending over 30K for one. So a realtor will not be making much from our sale. What would be the best way to approach this, without irritating a realtor who is looking for a sale right away?
  • February 25 2010 - Bend
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Ofe is absolutely right. Be upfront with the Realtor you contact about your intentions and then once you find a Realtor willing to work with you remain loyal to him/her.
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First of all be honest, then be loyal to the Realtor who shows you the homes.  If you explain to the Realtor what your needs and plans are, and that you will use that Realtor when you are ready, by all means he/she will show you a few samples, which is what you need at this point, since what is available now will not be 1-1/2 years from now.

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I agree with the others.  The only thing I ask of non-ready buyers is that we don't ask sellers to leave their homes as it is stressful to do that as a seller.  I think most agents will show you some vacant homes to help you learn the areas. 

I call this neighborhood "boot camp" for my relocation buyers.
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Thanks Brandon..
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Most agents will help you if you tell them your needs up front and your time frame for buying. You just need to ask, and you will find one willing to show you homes.
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Call around, you'll find one that is willing. Just explain all the details to the realtors and you'll find one willing to help you with your needs.
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