WOW! It definitely sounds like some wires got crossed. The difficult thing about short sales, and a common reason why many people tend to stay away from them, is that once the seller agrees to the contract, you're NOT out of the woods. The bank must then approve the price. They may or may not. It is at their sole discretion. Every bank has a different procedure and some will take one offer at a time and some will take them all at once. And the time it takes is also at their sole discretion. It's very difficult at times to get straight answers, unless you are dealing with an agent who is experienced in short sale properties. No matter what though, the other buyers are not your problem and I would suggest you not worry about them. If their agent went out of town and dropped the ball, they are probably mad at their agent, not you. I hope you are working with your own agent and have a representative in your corner. That's extremely important in dealing with these types of difficult deals. Good Luck!