What is a short sale?

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WHAT EXACTLY IS A SHORT SALE?

Put simply, a short sale is the sale of a home in which the amount owed to the lender(s) is more than the amount that the home can be sold for. Instead of the homeowner having to bring in money to complete the sale, the sale is completed through negotiations with the existing lender(s). The lender(s) agree to accept less than the full amount owed to satisfy the debt and allow it to be paid off “short.”

Put even more simply, a short sale is a real estate transaction that requires an approval from the lender – period. Read more »