Short Sales are very difficult to "figure out". With all the problems in the banker industry, these have taken the brunt of the blows. There is no rhyme or reason to the time it takes to close one...I had one close in less than 30 days, another that took almost a year. (Maybe the government can bail them out again).... more
If you were sick would you go see a doctor for professional advice? If you needed legal advice would you seek an attorney? If you are buying or selling a home why wouldn't you seek out a professional experienced in that field?
As a buyer you would want to seek out a buyer's agent who is versed in representing buyers.Having your best interests as a client, that agent will not be representing a seller and will negotiate on your behalf, just as an attorney would do.
Yes a buyer's agent may ask you to pay a fee to locate your home if the circumstances were that no compensation was being offered from a cooperating broker or a seller. No one can work for free unless they are independently wealthy.
In the event the cooperating broker was offering a compensation to the buyer's agent chances are the agent would accept the fee and not change you. That's a question you'll need to ask your buyer's agent because everything in life is negotiable except death.... more