Gosh, why is it that some listing agents, upon acceptance by the seller of an offer on a short sale listing, they sound so discouraging when another agent calls about the listing!
Today, I called an agent to get information about his short sale listing. He hemmed and hawed, and said there's already an accepted offer on the property. So I went through a list of questions, starting with whether or not the lender has accepted the offer. The answer is no. They are just now getting ready to send the offer.
Because of his hesitation, I asked him if HE wrote the offer, or if someone from his office wrote it. He said no. So why on earth would he discourage anyone else from showing the property, or write an offer?
I had to remind him that as long as the lender hasn't formally accepted the offer. that if other offer come in that may be even better than the one they have in hand, that he should present that offer, too.
And...as long as the seller hasn't given written instructions that they should no longer accept offers, that they should entertain offers as they come in.
And... that it is to the lender's benefit to have higher offers presented to them.