Short sale / double closings are entirely legal. What is not legal about them is fraud. If you are frauding up an appraisal or creating a strawbuyer, go straight to jail as far as I am concerned. I have a company that will provide you with "wet funds" so you can take full title to the property and then sell it legally to an end buyer. If moderator will let me post link I will post it. As a note, stop using land trusts, they are creating an extra title transfer and are spelling doom for all of our clients. Use a purchase option contract and then record a memorandum of option with the courthouse to create a cloud on title that you will have to clear before anyone else can buy property.. Here to help. Moderator my email is Ty@rmbloans.com if I can post an informational link. It has conference calls from gurus on several programs for short sales ect. for free. Go get em'.