Short Sale Info

Short Sale Info

Field Guide to Short Sales

(Updated August 2008)

What is a short sale? "A short sale is a sales transaction in which the seller's mortgage lender agrees to accept a payoff of less than the balance due on the loan," according to the California Association of REALTORS®. "A short sale may or may not involve a property in foreclosure." This page offers information about the basics of short sales and advice for the real estate professional.
(Anne-Marie Siudzinski, Information Specialist)


Short Sales Basics  |  Working with Short Sales  | eBooks & Other Resources

Short Sale Advantages

Short sales appear on your credit report as "pre-foreclosure in redemption", not as "debt discharged due to foreclosure"

Less impact on your credit score

All mortgage debt is fully discharged

Source: Dual upside to foreclosure alternative, (The Early Show (CBS), June 21, 2007).

Short Sales Basics

Short sales: Coming up short, (REALTOR® Magazine, 2008).

Short sales--information and resources, (National Association of REALTORS® , Aug. 2008).

Two alternatives to foreclosure, (Real Estate Journal, July 27, 2008).

Successful short sales seminars, (Florida REALTOR®, Apr. 2008).

Are you protected?  How to remain safe while managing a short sales transaction (Pages 4-5), (Pinellas Association of REALTORS®, May 2008).

After the short sale: taxing what isn't there, (REALTOR® Magazine Online Exclusives, Nov. 2007)

How to work in foreclosures and short sales, (Florida REALTOR®, Nov. 2007).

Housing Counsel: What's a Short Sale, (Realty Times, Sept. 16, 2007).

Short sales set sail again, (Realty Times, Apr. 9, 2007).

The new exit strategy: A short sale, (Business Week, Mar. 5, 2007).

Family Finances: 'Short Sales' rise as housing market cools, (Wall Street Journal, Feb. 18, 2007). Q

Working with Short Sales

Don't sell yourself short, (Texas REALTOR®, July 2008).

How top producers do short sales, (Realty Times, June 18, 2008).

Rescue sellers with short sales, (Florida REALTOR®, Sept., 2007).

How to succeed at short sales, (REALTOR® Magazine Online Exclusives, June 2007).

Short sales; This alternative may help a home owner avoid foreclosure, but it requires patience from all parties, (Texas REALTOR®, Apr. 2007).

Short sales, (Rain City Guide, Mar. 5, 2007).

Short sales and foreclosures make way into market, (Realty Times, Feb. 14, 2007).

How to do a short sale, (, 2007).

Short sales: Warning! You gotta know when to fold 'em..., (In Contract Magazine, Nov. 2006).

eBooks & Other Resources

The following ebooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Make money in short-sale foreclosures (Adobe eReader)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Central.  Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10.  Call Information Central at 800.874.6500 for assistance.

Short-Sale Pre-Foreclosure Investing, (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2008). HG 4521 B43

The Art of the Short Sale, (Minneapolis, MN: Mill City Press, 2008). HG 4521 C49

Foreclosure investing for dummies, (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2007). HG 4521 R54

Field Guides & More

These Field Guides and other resources in the Virtual Library may also be of interest:

Field Guide to Foreclosures

InfoCentral Blog

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