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Short Sale vs. Foreclosure: What’s the difference and is one better than the other? Many, many people now own property that is worth less than the amount owed on it. Moreover, many people purchased the proverbial “starter home” within the last five years, and they’re ready to move on to their next home (commonly kids are on the way). Under these circumstances, an owner can either sell the home and then write a check at closing for the balance owed — OUCH! — or get rid of the home with, hopefully, cancellation of the balance of the debt. (more…)