If the story is not true, then it is deception. It may not be illegal but is unethical. Call the agent yourself and get to the bottom of it
He can stay there until the bank evicts him. Unfortanately some are quicker than others. I wish you luck in having him clean up por move out
Normally if the closing costs are less, then yes the buyer asks to reduce the sales price for the difference. Some sellers (few) will stick to the sales price and the buyer can than increase their closing costs by adding prepaids or paying points to reduce their interest rate. Rarely some sellers will stick to their guns as you want and lose the sale. So if you want to sell, do what is right and fair and keep to the net you agreed to.
Your MLS would have to provide a feed to Zillow or you can enter it manually. It is not instant though. It requires time to get through Zillow review and be posted to the public.
It depends on the type of auction. If it is a foreclosure auction, most likely you will need cash and cant have any contingecnies. If it was already foreclosed and now for sale, read the requirements if you can get a mortgage but will also be more than likely as is
A lot of investors use hard money to buy, fix and sell. However it can be expensive and risky if not done 100% right. Interest rates can be 12 18 or even 24 percent and points can be 3, 5 or even 10 points
In most cases of vacant homes in this area, they are winterized, in most cases of a short sale, the buyer would pay to de-winterize to test the pipes and re-winterize if called for.
You really should have lined up your mortgage before bidding. Be careful with out of state mortgages or internet companies. You should start with a local mortgage company who can take your info and search out multiple sources of mortgages for you given your situation. Most loans are 2 years but they can be creative with averaging income as you have been self employed for so long
I saw your post over on Trulia as well. It is very common for a bank to counter asking a buyer not to use FHA as it takes longer and if the house needs work will not pass a FHA appraisal. What is not common is a large deposit, most often 2-5% of sales price is asked for
Most buyers request a 2nd showing before making an offer, some may ask for a 3rd. The good thing is it is certainly better than them not coming back.