Have your agent go over the contract that you signed, not a new one, and see where it stipulates that you would pay the signing bonus.
If its not in the contract, report the listing agent (seller's agent) to the California Department of Real Estate http://(www.dre.ca.gov), and file a complaint the the listing agent's broker, unless the agent is the broker.
You should also file a complaint with the short sale bank, and finally, talk to an attorney, because you may have other legal options available to you.
I reiterate, look at the contract that you signed first. Maybe, you did agree with the signing bonus. You will find out when you look at your contract.
It's is why it is imperative that realtors always go over the contract with their clients, instead of just pointing "sign here, initial here, done."
RealtorÂ®, Certified HAFA Specialist (CHS)
Coldwell Banker Residential
Tel. (310) 463-8088 http://www.douglaslagos.com
All the best,
Coldwell Banker Star Realty
Recheck all the paperwork carefully, OK?
Call his/her broker ASAP!
Joan Patterson, B.A., G.R.I., Realtor, License #01431647
Keller Williams Realty
You need to read EVERYTHING you signed. If there is nothing in writing signed by ALL parties, you do no have to pay the $1500. Talk to your Realtor and if they won't assist you, contact their Broker who actually 'owns' the contract.