You should stay in the home until the short sale has closed for several reasons. 1) Reduced chance of vandalism. 2) Some lenders will pay moving expenses for the Seller in a short sale. 3) If the short sale does not go thru, you will have more options if your still in the home.
Brant Ensworth - Top Ranked Realtor
Short Sale Expert with over 580 Homes SOLD
Call me and I will be glad to look this up for you. However, even if it is not in foreclosure the owner could still walk away even though there is nothing posted on the county records. Also they could plan to short sale the home and you may not find that out for awhile either. Try and rent from someone reliable.
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