Realty Times - Real Estate News and Advice: "Furthermore, you want to make absolutely sure that even should the lender approve the short sale, you will not be obligated to make up this difference, which is called a deficiency. Unfortunately, most lenders will not put their agreement in writing, so your legal advisors will have to satisfy themselves -- and you -- on this matter."
Other real estate lawyers are starting to warn Realtors (at least implicitly) that the short sale paperwork must be reviewed by an attorney. In California is particular important that a san diego homeseller or a seller in any other part of the state understand what their exposure to deficiency is.
this is becoming my mantra. Because of the protections built into the are of foreclosure law, some Californians are better of accepting a foreclosure than a short sale. Do not do a short sale until you have been advised by someone licensed to give you an opinion which is backe up by mal practice insurance. (in my legal opinion). Too many people have contacted me after it is too late. They did a short sale and now the lender is seeking to collect on the deficiency after a successful short sale