Nailing the REO purchase offer

Home Sale Hindsight

Q: I’ve made offer after offer on bank-owned properties. The last time I was outbid, I was really disappointed because I loved the house! I was really hoping it would fall out of escrow, so I kept an eye on the listing, thinking there was a small chance it would come back on the market. Instead, it just disappeared.

I asked my agent to follow up on it about 45 days later, and she told me that it sold, but the sale price was less than I offered! I’m not sure if this was an inside job (e.g., the listing agent sold it to her own client to get a double commission), but I’m thinking of calling up the listing agent and giving her a piece of my mind. What did I do wrong?