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What can buyers' agent tell potential buyer

Anyone able to clarify what a buyers' agent can and cannot realistically be expected to do for buyers? I have a very specific scenario. My husband and I have given our agent a fairly detailed list of our desires (price, location, qualities of the home, etc.) ranked by priority as well as our time frame for buying. On two separate occasions, she has sent us extensive MLS listings of homes we should potentially consider. We're talking about 25-30 places on each of these lists. Twice now we have spent 3 plus hours pouring through these lists to narrow our interests down to a few properties. Twice now we have narrowed down these lists to 6-7 definitely interested and 6-7 maybes. Twice now she has come back to us a day AFTER we had looked through her recommended listings to tell us that of the 10 plus properties that we're interested in on each list, 90% are not viable options for us because of short sale contingencies or complications with the mortgage process.

We have been careful to look at the listings and only choose properties what were not specifically listed as short sales or bank-owned, but that doesn't seem to have done us any good. Given that our real-estate agent has already advised us against short sales before we even started the search process, should she take on more responsibility in calling the listing agent to inquire about contingencies before she asks us to review her list of 30 recommended properties?
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Talk to her.

What I am learning is that there really isn't much available in your price range that isn't a short sale or otherwise distressed property.

But - talk to her. Most real estate problems have their roots in mis-communication. 

All the best,
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Sounds like she is sending you all the homes that meet your criteria, without screening them.  She probably figures no sense in investigating a home that you do not like.  Then after you say "these homes are acceptable", she screens them further.

Ask her to only send you homes that you can really buy. It may reduce the numbers, but get closer to the target.

It is simply a matter of discussing your needs and goals and coming up with a better plan.
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I wonder if she has just set you up on an automated feed of new listings that meet your broad criteria, rather than carrying out a search herself to determine which properties could be right for you.

If you have told her not to send you homes that are short sales she should make sure that you don't get them. Most MLS's clearly indicate when a home is apotential short sale.

It sound slike you need to sit down with your agent and firmly tell her what you expect from her. If she can't deliver, I'm sure you can find an agent who can.
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