Find a Realtor who deals with short sales and is experienced with working with Loss Mitigation departments of the Banks who holds the mortgage. Several times there are more than one mortgage holder. BE AWARE that SHORT SALE does NOT equal SHORT TIME! You will need to have quite a bit of patience as the process is sometimes VERY long and tedious. Even when a negotiator is assigned to a file for short sale or for a pre foreclosure work out, keep in mind these banks have thousands of properties nation wide and relatively few trained people who are handling huge amounts of files, and are very hard to reach. Make sure your Realtor has a strong relationship with a reputable title company that has an aggressive Escrow officer who will work with your agent to stay on top of the Lender. Do not make plans to move out until your agent has verified the proper paperwork and payoffs, settlement statements, etc are at the Title company and ALL parties have signed off on the details of the contract. You can get an extremely good value on a short sale property if you can wait out the process (generally add 60 to 90 days or more to a normal contract) but if you are in a hurry, I would have your Realtor look for a very motivated seller and avoid the drama!