Short sale/sellers agent sitting on bid

My Husband and I just put in a bid for a short sale. Originally the house was listed at 45000. a week ago they dropped the price to 35000. Our bid is for 37000 put in on Saturday. It has minimal POS violations. Now we found out this house is not a foreclosure so i am confused as to why it is being sold as a short sale. The owner died 6 months ago and the sister is POA seller. However it is being presented to us as a short sale being owned by bank of America. Our Agent turned in our bid to the sellers agent saturday, Now it is Tuesday and we found out the sellers agent hasn't opened our packet with the offer because she is now getting more viewings. She is holding out to get more bids for the house. How long can she hold onto the bid without responding? Does this sound like red flags to anyone else? why is it a short sale if it wasn't a foreclosure? Is there anything we can do to heighten our chances? It already took lots of homework to find a lender for that small of a mortgage. Can we put in a higher bid with them not even seeing the original bid? is that smart in the first place? I feel like the seller's agent is not playing fair with our emotions or our future for a home.

Views: 1944        Posted on: Apr 10 2012        Tags: Real Estate Agent, Short Sale, Seller, Buyer