What is a real estate short sale?

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A short sale is a sale of property in which the proceeds from the transaction fall short of the balance owed on the loan or loans secured by the property sold. In a short sale, the bank or mortgage lender agrees to discount a loan balance due to an economic or financial hardship on the part of the property owner in exchange for the sale of the property to a third party.

A short sale is typically executed to prevent a foreclosure. It is the sale of a home when the sale proceeds do not fully pay off the existing loan(s) and the lender(s) accept a discounted payoff to satisfy the loan(s). Lender negotiations are critical and require the expertise, experience and strong working relationships with mortgage companies and banks that are provided by iShortSale specialists.