Why should real estate professionals work with short sales? First and foremost, agents should put working with short sales in their repertoire because it allows them to really help people out of an emotionally stressed situation. They are providing a much needed service, while at the same time, helping their own econmy and the economy at large. The more properties sell, the more people work, it's that simple. Revenue and business is generated. The real estate agent works, the mortgage lender, the title rep, the processing agent, the administrators, home improvement and inspection professionals etc. Second, it is a good way to pick up a few extra salable listings., build an investor pipeline maybe and avoid REO baby sitting hassles. Truly, though, there is nothing quite like helping a client who feels overwhelmed and distraught find their way out of a bad position. After all - isn't helping people what we are all here to do? Though short sales are tedious, time consuming and a sure pain in the ?BEEP? it is our duty as professionals of real estate to step up and help homeowners through this epidemic.