What is a Short Sale?
A short sale is a sale of real estate in which the proceeds from selling the property will fall short of the balance of debts secured by liens against the property. In addition, the property owner cannot afford or chooses not to repay the liens full amounts.
Therefore, the lien holders agree to release their lien on the real estate and accept less than the amount owed on the debt. Any unpaid balance owed to the creditors is known as a deficiency.
Simply put, when handled correctly a short Sale is one of the most effective ways to exit an underwater mortgage with the fewest impacts on credit and other potential consequences.