My next house - how do I beat the flippers
Thinking ahead to my next house - I live in a city with a pretty healthy real estate market, maybe even somewhat hot in some neighborhoods. Some depreciation in recent years but really not much - my 2 flat went down in assessment from a high of 175,000 to 155,000. In the most desireable historic neighborhoods there is demand by investors and flippers in addition to ordinary people (like me) looking for a good fixer upper. I want to get a much smaller single family house but twice now when I've called the realtor, the places have already sold - one guy said to a "friend of his" - oh how convenient.
The thing is, if it's aplace I really, really, really want I would offer a bit extra above asking price (that's how I got my current place) but how can you compete when the best places (in terms of location, condition, architectural feng shui - what have you) are sold hours/days after hitting the market, if they even hit the market.
Any strategic advice yall can offer?
Ideally, I wish I could find a buyers agent who could really tune into what exactly I want and just alert me to those things as they come along - but I havent found anyone who would want to hang with me for the long haul. They lose interest and think you're too picky if you dont find anything you like right off the bat.