From where I stand, finding the right realtor is key to your success. Here's how I found mine: go onto the HUD website, or any other, that lists what realty company had the winning bid on a property. Look for realty companies that win bids over and over again. Get in contact with them. Get on their mailing lists. Talk to them. These are the ones who are doing the deals for real. My realtor not only talks to the banks directly, but knows the folks at HUD as well. It's that successful relationship building process Dean is always talking about. His office also has access to lawyers, rehab crews and financing. One stop shopping that makes my deals and my life much less stressful. Hope this helps someone.