Is it really that hard to buy a property at market value or maybe I'm doing something wrong?Hi everyone,I'm getting frustrated trying to buy a home in the Los Angeles area. I've been looking properties and making offers for 5 weeks now.So far, I have submitted two offers and in both cases they tried to rip me off.First property, Townhome in West Hills, CA. Asking price 429,000, Offered the same and seller wanted to remove appraisal contingency, I said no. Seller accepted on condition that appraisal was carried out within a week. Appraisal came at 395,000, seller didn't want to Negotiate. End of Story. It's my opinion that the seller added a bunch of high-end upgrades thinking that they were going to live there for a long time, comparables are much lower, no body will pay him so much money.Second property, Condo in Valencia, CA. Asking price 439,000, ZEstimate is 395,000. Seller wanted to remove appraisal contingency, I said no. Listing agent said if they don't get a good offer property will go on short-sale. In my mind these people bough during bubble and are underwater, now they can't pay so their only option is to rip off someone or get repossessed.My question is, is it really that hard to buy at market value?Am I doing something wrong? Is my agent doing something wrong?For both offers I put a 25% down payment, maybe that is making them think that I can easily come up with the diffrence instead of them adjusting to market value?I am really not so picky, I just want a condo / townhome in LA area, in an area with good schools / low crime gang which is big enogh (3-4 bedrooms) which I can buy at market value.My agent is very responsive and has really tried to protect my interest, although he did send me very few listing and many of them were not applicable, I had to send him a lot of stuff I found in Zillow and other sites.Please, any valuable advice is welcomed.Thank you and good weekend!October 11 2013 - US00YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.