Home Buyer, River Forest, IL
I think short sales are a joke, too. I went to a FSBO short sale with my agent... they were nice, but it was funny - it was messy and they were complaining about the house to me. It was so obvious they didn't want to sell it. My agent said that often if they tell the bank they are selling it as a short sale, it buys them time with the bank... so they put it for sale as a short sale with no desire to sell it. They weren't willing to include 2% for my agent and there was no way I was going to do a FSBO short sale without my agent... I wouldn't even know who to give the earnest money to. Anyway, my agent said short sales are for the patient as they can take as long as a year (worst case senario) and often even if you offer what they were asking, the bank won't accept. I moved on quick.