DEAR BERNICE: I have submitted five short-sale offers in the last month and haven’t gotten an answer on any of them. What do I need to do to get these agents to do their jobs? –Jim D.

DEAR JIM: Without knowing the particulars for each of your offers, it’s hard to tell if the agents are doing their jobs or if the problem is elsewhere. When a bank takes less than the loan balance on a property, there are a number of complex steps they must take before they can approve a short-sale offer. This approval process can take as long as six to 12 months.

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