We put in an offer on a short sale a few weeks ago. The sellers signed and it's at the bank. We've been told not to expect to hear anything for 6-8 weeks minimum (maybe longer but our agent expects it to move relatively quickly--for a short sale--because there is only one loan). So no surprise there, but of course it is making us anxious anyway.
There have been a few other fishy things however. We asked to see it a few days before we put in our offer. We were denied on account of an emergency surgery. Said they wouldn't be showing it for at least 2 weeks, but were planning on getting serious about lower the price. Okay. The short sale offer isn't binding, so on the advice of our agent, we went ahead and put in a lowish offer without seeing it again (we saw it a several months ago when the price was higher, but the price has come down to the point where we think we could afford to fix the things that are obviously wrong with it). We'll want to see it again before truly committing to it, and of course we will get an inspection, but I do think we want it at this price and this way our offer is first in line at the bank... it's in the contract that they don't submit anything else to the negotiator at the bank unless we walk away.
Anyway, a day after being told about not being able to see the house because the female owner was having emergency surgery, I walked by the house (it's near where I live now and on my normal walking route around the neighborhood), and a woman was having a garage sale. Healthy enough to have a garage sale but not to show the house apparently. Seems odd, but I guess it doesn't really matter.
Today I walked by again and a guy was in the side yard disassembling the large wooden tool shed. Also, portions of the wooden fence were down (perhaps permanently, perhaps just to get access to the construction site). I guess they are planning to sell the shed and maybe the fence. As it happens, we wanted to see the shed go anyway, but I'm a worried about what else might be missing from the house if/when our offer goes through. Our agent said that we are supposed to get everything that is nailed down (including curtain rods, and the built-in appliances), and I had kind of assumed that would include things like the tool shed and fence.
They also repaired the broken window into the garage, which I wasn't expecting. Maybe they figure it would create a problem with us getting a mortgage, and did it so the transaction will go through, but I was under the impression that short sale owners normally won't fix anything at all. I guess this is a good thing, but there's also part of me that is afraid they aren't really planning to sell it after all.
Should this stuff worry me? Does anyone have experience with this?