Well, we bought site unseen (though I never thought I would). But we had a great agent that Diane hooked us up with. He sent tons of info, went out and took his own pictures for us, etc.
I'd definately look into it, but I'd be cautious. Even if someone wants to buy another property really bad as the add says, taking a $40k loss is pretty desperate. Also, don't know what kind of dogs you have, but remember they have to go up and down those stairs too.