Dear Ann, As I understand, you are the Buyer in this transaction? Either way, god-luv-ya'! This is such a hard time to buy/sell real estate! REO's (bank-owneds), Short Sales, etc., have changed the way we do business! In the old days, we used to know that when an Agent provided us information, it was reliable. However, in this day and age, when you are dealing with Banks, you are not dealing with a traditional Seller, someone that you could ask questions, get further info, etc. You are dealing with a bureaucracy! Hopefully you are working with a Short Sale-trained Agent who is knowledgeble in the process. That said, even the Listing Agent, with good intentions and training, is 'victim' to the Banks, as are you. If you truly want this house, sit tight and let it play out. If you don't have the stomach, you can withdraw your offer and move on. Best regards to you!