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I was the first to offer on short sale

I was the first to offer on short sale, two days later someone submitted a higher offer, I counter offered higher, is the Realtor obligated to take my offer, which is the higher one. 
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June 21 2012 - Selden
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I'm not a professional but I'm assuming that who ever you might be dealing with may be lying to you and is not on your side. What I've noticed is even though there is no other offer on the table. The banks Representitive or sellers Representitive may tell your broker that there is another offer because they are expecting you to counter the offer at a higher price therefore them getting a better deal on selling the house and higher profit. According to your post and as everyone else states here .there are red flags here because there are several privacy laws that prevent you from knowing the 2nd offer. If I were you I would be careful not to pay more than the house is worth. But if in your opinion if "this is the 1" then go for it by keeping in mind that you might be losing money if the prices of the house stays the same in the future.
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December 18 2013
the agent is to follow the law and protect the information of his client and all offers should be presented.Being the highest offer does not make an offer the best offer there are other considerations. You should not know the info to even state which one was the highest and best.  Regardless the owner accepts the offer he/she considers best and after accepting the short sale offer  then it goes to the third party.  
Yor statements can only be specualtions. 
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June 22 2012
"There is no way you should have known if your offer was the highest or not if all parties acted within the law".

Just to be clear:  some sellers may feel that disclosing the other offer prices to potential buyers may act as an incentive to raise the offers.  If the seller directs the listing agent to disclose the prices or terms, they are obligated to do so. The seller is directing the negotiations, not the Realtor.

It never hurts to ask if the listing agent has been authorized to disclose the prices, but as everyone else has described, the buyer has no obligation to take the highest number.
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June 22 2012

First of all, the seller accepts offers, not the listing Realtor.

Second of all, if you had used a Realtor to represent you, you would have been advised to make your highest and best offer in a multiple offer situation.

Thirdly, the seller is not obligated to accept your offer just because it's the ighest.  There is no way you should have known if your offer was the highest or not if all parties acted within the law.

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June 22 2012
The seller is not obligated to take just any offer because its higher. They take many things into consideration like terms of the offer, the financing, how quickly they can close and if someone is offering cash those offers are usually considered first because they can usuallty close in a very short time period. I would discuss this with your agent as they are familiar with the terms of your offer.
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June 21 2012
The REALTOR is obliged to present all offers to the seller unless he/she was instructed otherwise. It is a seller who decides which offer to accept regardless its price. There can be other terms in the offer that can be in a favor of a lower offer (fe: cash  v. financing, waiving inspection contingency etc). It is up to the seller to choose and accept an offer.
Good luck!
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