We are first time home buyers who put a list price offer on a house this past Saturday (2/13). On 2/14 our Realtor texted us and told us there was another offer on the house and asked what we wanted to do, if anything. We upped our offer (over list price at this point) because we were also asking for closing costs to be paid. Our offer was sent to the listing agent on 2/14 early afternoon. Our realtor told us that the listing agent was "out of town" so hopefully she should hear back soon and be able to tell us when the listing agent and seller are meeting to go over the offers.
2/15 we hear nothing all day. In the evening last night our realtor texts us to tell us that the listing agent and seller SHOULD be meeting today to go over our offers. She said she was getting frustrated and that this was dragging out a bit.
Today - 2/16, I start reading online and realize that is completely out of the ordinary that our offer has not been presented to the seller at all. I'm getting worried and thinking the worst of some of the stories I've read online, so I email my realtor again. She said that this is NOT normal, and she doesn't understand why if she is on vacation someone else isn't helping. She said she called the office and they are closed (we had bad weather last night), and that the sellers call goes through to voicemail. She is hoping to hear something, but said she will follow up with the company this afternoon (they should not be closed all day, the weather was not THAT bad).
is this normal practice? Is there any legitimate reason this would take this long ? Should we just assume this isn't going to work out? We are kind of in a time crunch and if our offer gets accepted we need to have a letter in the mail next week to our apartment complex to give them our 30 day notice of leaving. So we have a week or so, but that's it. I just don't get why they would "hold offers" and not at least present them to the seller?