What everyone else said. Many times a private negotiator can be hired to facilitate these transactions. I believe that there are many legal landmines for a real estate agent in a transaction, and that the danger of lawsuits would be much higher if the buyers/sellers knew more about the process.
Though you are negotiating terms with the lender, they do not own the home. The lender doesnt have it listed. The lender owes you nothing.
Many buyers think they will be getting a great deal on a short sale. Not true (always a few exceptions) you are just buying a house at its full current value. Doesnt matter if it used to be worth $500,000 and you are getting it for $100,000. $100,000 is what it is NOW worth. Man y lebnders/laon servicers do not want to take short sale offers no2w. They would rather fully foreclose. Why? Thats an entire hours worth of discussion. Point is our government is printing billions and floating the banking system so they dont have to worry about taking back properties. For which party did you vote?... more