Sure, it makes perfect sense. They're trying to see if you're paying attention (and you are--good job!), and they're always trying to get as much money as they can for every non-performing asset (your target REO in this case).
On the other hand, some banks have so many REOs that they're extremely overwhelmed, and some details end up slipping through the cracks.
Nevertheless, none of that matters from your perspective, because your bottom line is to obtain that property at what you've determined to be a reasonable price.
Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Officer, Credit Repair Advisor
The Michael Group - Dallas Business Journal Top Ranked Realtors
Have your Realtor check your local MLS and verify there is not a price change. Just because something is on the internet, does not make it true.
Mark Atteberry, SG Priest Realtors
Personal Service, Expert Results
What many agents refer to as a counter offer from an asset management company is not really a counter offer at all. Any kind of offer. counter or otherwise, has to be in writing and signed, in order to be binding on the parties. Asset management companies generally respond to offers that they are not willing to accept by suggesting to the prospective purchaser a price and terms that they may be willing to accept, if the purchaser chooses to make that offer.
If the asset manager "agrees" to an offer, then the purchasers signed offer is forwarded to the asset manager presents the offer to the bank, or the banks attorney-if-fact for a valid legal signature. The purchasers "accepted" offer is not valid until the purchaser has received the original signed contract back in their hands.
My suggestion is to offer the price that you are willing to pay. If you get it GREAT, if not go on to the next property.
Hopefully you are working with a buyers agent!