I sent an offer on a vacant, listed short sale to the listing agent 12/7/2008 a Monday. The "owner" had been out of the house for months and hadn't paid his mortgage for months before that.
The listing agent could not get a returned phone call or any other response. She felt the offer was acceptable or close to it. On Friday the property went to the courthouse steps without her knowledge and is now owned by WAMU. She has not been able to get any kind of response until the present time (1/12/2009)
I spoke to the listing agent Friday the 9th and she said there was still no response from Wamu to her calls. However, she told me, the ex owner had recently received a call from Wamu offering to modify the loan!
Getting angry just shortens your own life so I hope we all thank the banks for generously making themselves the objects of our ridicule and providing a welcome break in our stressful lives.