A short and sweet guide to short sales

Book Review: 'How to Use a Short Sale to Stop Home Foreclosure

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With all the fancified, high-tech "gadgetological" stuff occupying our mental radar screens, sometimes the value of simplicity gets forgotten. In "How to Use a Short Sale to Stop Home Foreclosure and Protect Your Finances," prolific author Robert Irwin takes a back-to-basics approach to cut through the muddled media messaging, rumors and well-meaning (but often confusing or inaccurate) advice from all comers about short sales: "Do it!" "Don’t do it!"

In this short and sweet short-sale primer, Irwin reduces a short sale to the motivations underlying whether the bank will green light your deal, and offers a basic guide to the logistics of getting it closed.