I am a newbie to this site, and the forums. I just completed reading Dean's Book, "Profit From Real Estate Right Now", and was very excited about getting started investing in real estate. I wanted to start using Matt Larson's 25:1 approach for making offers through a real estate agent, but I wanted to know if this technique also applies for making offers on Realtor listed properties? The reason I ask is, how do you get a listing agent to go along with you tying up their listed property without deposit money, or having to personally apply for financing on the property while you're trying to find your buyer to IEE or assign the contract to? When you tie the property up on contract, it seems like you need a certain amount of control over the home to market it during your "tie up" window (such as open houses, etc.) Does a listing agent really allow you to do that? Or should I just be focusing on FSBO's and bank-owned foreclsures (where the property is vacant) for using this technique? I would appreciate any words of wisdom you can share on how to deal with this issue. Thanks!