Finding an Agent Who Specializes in Short Sales?

How does one find an agent who specializes in short sales?
I just visited the Find an Agent portion of Zillow's site and found that 52 agents are representing themselves as Short Sale Specialist. This seems to be a growing trend as more an more Seller's who are upside down in their homes seek to avoid foreclosure and destroying their credit. It's been reported that over 40% of all homes sold in 2008 were Short Sales! In response many agents who have no formalized training or experience with these types of sales are now falsely claiming to be "Short Sale Specialist" and in doing so are doing a tremendous disservice to their clients! Short Sales are very complex and technical sales and unless you identify an agent who is truly a specialist in these types of sales your transaction will fail and your home will be foreclosed on!

So how do you identify a true Short Sale Specialist to assist you in selling your home? The best way to do this is to do a search for homes available via short sale in your local community. In most instances there will be a couple of agents who handle the majority of these transactions and these are the true short sale experts and the individuals who can best assist you in not only selling your home and avoiding foreclosure, but also walking you step by step thru the process and giving you the best advice along the way! 



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April 22 2009 - Columbus
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I agree, there are lot of agents claiming to be an expert but don't know how to handle the short sale when it comes time...I had an agent remarked he just wanted to dig his sign in the yard eventually the home went to foreclosure..feel bad for the family who hired a Realtor who did not put effort to get the job done. They should ask for how many short sale they have sucessfully closed in past year.
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