The short sale is a very specialized type of listing. Any real estate agent is legally entitled to take a short sale listing but only a small handful have ever taken specialized training in this area of real estate. There is a entry level course offered by the National Association of Realtors called SFR (Short Sale Foreclosure Resource) and a 3rd party designation called a CDPE. In our market are there are 30 or so SFR’s and 15 CDPE’s. There is a small handful of agents who have completed both courses. You might be surprised at some of the big names in our market are who have never had specialized training in short sales. These sales are long and complex. Please make sure you list your sale with an agent who has had CDPE training.