Thanks for your response and no, the agent never raised the subject of dual agents. Therein lies the problem. I can't seem to get the "listing" agent engaged in any meaningful commercial discussions. I could understand the attitude if I was a chronic pain who was dominating her time, but I haven't. I'm mindful that agents are busy even in down times and do all possible to research things on my own first. This is my first short sale buy but my sense is the listing agent won't make a lot of commission and therefore can't be bothered with me or the listing. The irony in all this is that I not only have the resources and an excellent credit rating to back my interest, but will likely list 2 of my own propperties in the coming months. If this agent had looked beyond the short sale and been professional / helpful, I'd have given her that business as well. In the mean time, my motivation now is to gamble and let the bank take this rather than deal with this agent. What a crime and disservice that would be to the seller.