Casualties of bidding wars

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Q: I have been house-hunting for several months now. I have gotten outbid on several properties where the listing agent said there were 15, 20 or 30 other offers. A few weeks later, the places came back on the market! What happened? Was there something wrong with me or my offer? Why did they not just come back to me or the next-highest offer, rather than putting it back on the market? Mine would have been a guaranteed deal!

A: Reading your question was like reading my daily e-mails from my own clients! I’ve seen this happen a number of times, mostly with my FHA-financed buyers trying to buy bank-owned properties.