Short sales often present opportunities for real estate investors to purchase property at below market prices. A short sale occurs when the mortgage lender on a property agrees to give a release for less than the amount owed on the loan. This usually occurs when the loan on the property becomes delinquent and is headed toward foreclosure. An alert property owner who knows he is facing foreclosure is well advised to keep an open line of communication with his lender. And the lender is well advised to keep an open mind to the consequences of a loan default and the benefits of agreeing to a short sale. When the lender and property owner can agree on a short sale price, the owner can advertise that the property is a short sale and can list it accordingly. Such listings attract a lot of attention and can expedite the sale of the property.
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Short sales can create opportunities to save big on the purchase of a property. Such agreements are entered into between a purchaser, a property owner, and the lender. Even though by definition a short sale means the lender is accepting less than the amount owed on the mortgage loan, it is not a certainty that the property is being purchased at a below market price. For that reason, you must still perform the same due diligence as you would on any other real estate transaction. The professional services of an appraiser, property inspector, and title agent are advised when structuring a short sale.