It's been my experience that the best "short sale" opportunities are those in which the seller has secured legal council to support their initiative and guide them through an often challenging ordeal. When it comes time to communicate with the lender, they tend to listen to attorneys before RE agents.
Talk to a few different agents first and see which one fits what you are looking for. With today's technology you could skype with several agents in an hour or two and pick their brain. Now a days everyone is certified with short sales, REO's.. you name it, there is a certification for it.
Good luck, hope you find the right one to assist you.
I have handles many short sales, for both sellers and buyers. I use a professional negotiator to get the best possible outcome. There would be no direct expense to you.
There are programs that can get you relocation assistance or even lease back.
Let me know if you would like a meeting to discuss.
Feel free to contact me direct at 818-903-2040 or email at email@example.com.
My website is http://www.Short-Sale-Vs-Foreclosure-Help.com
Specializing in Short Sales
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Also, have you been pre-approved for a loan?
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I will be happy to share what I know with you. I've done many short sales, and I have 2 different kind of certifications. I also help the Board of Realtors with Foreclosure Prevention Seminars.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
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