As the housing market continues to struggle, an increasing number of sellers are turning to short sales as a way to avoid foreclosure. When handled correctly, a short sale can allow a seller to get out from under crushing mortgage obligations while minimizing credit damage. For a homebuyer, a short sale can also offer an excellent opportunity for big savings. Unfortunately, short sales can be complex, paperwork-intensive and difficult to understand. And without the right real estate professional on your side, it can feel as though you’re fighting a losing battle.