I will second what Jim said. I can usually get a good sense of how committed the sellers are in a short sale by the showing instructions. If it's just your usual call/lockbox with no undue restrictions, then the sellers are likely serious about selling their home. If showing instructions are 24 hour notice and you have to call seller and every time you do they have a reason you can't see it - then they really are trying to stay for as long as they can and are just giving the appearance to the lender that they are trying to sell. That's just an opinion. I can't speak to the specific property.
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Rude, yes. ---but effective. Uncooperative occupants often do not have a positive stake in a succesful sale.
You might want to stick with homes that are not short sales. Once you get more specific on your needs; neighborhood, amenities, etc., and have not found it in the other inventory, you could reconsider short sales. But short sale listings need more scrutiny by your buyer's agent to speak to the listing agent and qualify it before wasting your time trying to see it.
It's a different market out there these days! Good luck!
A couple of other things to watch out for is if there are tenants living in the home, either renters or homeowners, their final exit may provide a stage for their last act of defiance leaving a trail of destruction.
Perhaps steer clear of "occupied" distressed properties as there is simply too much potential for problems - look for vacant properties and eliminate that risk.
Good luck and carry dog biscuits with you to keep the doggy happy :)
I don't know about inventory in your area but if I was having that kind of trouble just showing the homes I would advise my client to continue looking. If they're that much trouble to show, how will the buying process go? With all the homes for sale it shouldn't be that difficult to find someone who is serious about selling.