Can law firms fast-track short sales?

Attorneys take fee for helping agents avoid headaches

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Even with the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) program, the short-sale process can be clunky and time-consuming, which is why some Realtors are turning to the legal profession for that extra oomph to get these things completed. Granted, the last thing any real estate broker really wants to do is get an expensive attorney involved in a sale process, but when it comes to the short sale, there are some distinct advantages that property-knowledgeable lawyers bring to the table. Here are a few things to consider: An attorney can better save a short sale if a foreclosure sale is imminent. As a Realtor, your job is to make transactions, not spend endless hours negotiating with a bank bureaucracy trying to knot together a deal. Let an attorney do that.An attorney can improve your commission. Still not convinced? What if I told you that as a Realtor you can accomplish all of the above with an attorney and it won't cost you or your client any money. That, I'm sure, go...