The Short Sale Specialist Network is a nationwide network of Realtors (R) who are specialists in helping homeowners avoid foreclosure with a short sale. Referrals, Training, and Networking.
Get to know Mike Linkenauger
The Short Sale Specialist Network is a nationwide network of Realtors who are specialists in helping homeonwers avoid foreclosure by working a short sale. We work with thousands of pre-screened home owners every month who are looking for an agent to help them with the short sale of their home. We refer them to preferred partner members of our network for a 25% referral fee at closing. Because we succeed only when YOU succeed, we offer unparalleled resources, training, and support for agents who work short sales.
See what some of our preferred partner members have to say below!
Ned Real Estate Pro
Mike Linkenauger and his company are fabulous. They know their stuff when it comes to Short-Sales. They have established a network of agents that is 2nd to none.
Sheyenne Real Estate Pro
Mike's company has been awesome! I have received short sales referred to me by them. And I have successfully helped each referral negotiate and CLOSE the short sales I've listed thanks to them. The people they referred me were real time homeowners who really needed help with a short sale and had not clue as to who to turn to. Thanks to Mike's referral of them to me, I was able to save them from foreclosure. Thanks Mike! Looking to help many more people from you who need my help. Shy:) 310-429-4170 firstname.lastname@example.org www.shysells.com Real Estate Network Group Torrance, Ca 90505
Lehel Real Estate Pro
Mike and his team are great at matching knowledgeable Realtors with homeowners that need help.
Joe Real Estate Pro
Mr. Linkenauger and his team have been extremely helpful in the growth of my short sales business in Miami.
Mellissa Real Estate Pro
Responsive, Reliable, Considerate, Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Creative, Resourceful, Thoughtful, Dedicated and Experienced.
Ilene Real Estate Pro
It takes an agent with compassion to work through a short sale listing for a seller. Mike can listen and walk you through the process. Mike will be a guest speaker on the coming Cruise. Teach us Mike.
Kim Real Estate Pro
I recommend that you let the Short Sale Network help you through the process of a short sale. Kim Lucido-McCabe CRS,SFR
Nan Real Estate Pro
Mike has helped many agents/brokers understand and work in the short sale market, including me. He provides good leads and expert advice. I highly recommend working with Mike.
Ann Real Estate Pro
I recommend Mike Linkenauger and Short Sale Specialist because I have good results working with them.
Scott Real Estate Pro
Mike Linkenauger Is a great resource to Short-Sale information and I value his expertise!!!
Steve Real Estate Pro
Mike Linkenauger to date is probably one of the most influential people in short sales. He has provided not only continual education, support, meetings and training but also the opportunity to worldwide exposure to other agents with the ultimate goal in helping people to avoid foreclosure by means of short sale. And for that... Thank you Mike!! Steve R. Daria - Founder / Broker - MAXIM LLC - www.MaximRealtors.com
Nancy Real Estate Pro
Mike is a great team leader with a compassion to help people and who has a world of knowledge and experience in the Short Sale Industry. I am honored to be a part of his team.
Jason Real Estate Pro
Mike Linkenauger is one of the leading real estate professionals in his industry. He is dedicated on a national level to furthering the foreclosure and short sale process in an attempt to benefit all parties inclusive of the seller, buyer, servicer of the mortgage and the investor/mortgage insurance companies. He has created a network of individuals known as the Short Sale Specialist Network to help educate and enhance the short sale process to real estate agents. He should always be on your short list.
Michelle Real Estate Pro
It is always good to have an Expert on your side and Mike has made it his mission to be the expert. He will not steer you wrong.
Nathan Real Estate Pro
The Federal Government as well as local States have specific laws governing Short Sales and Foreclosures. It has become important for there to be oversight into these processes to protect consumers and the public. Having skilled and knowledgeable advocates to help navigate this process is increasingly necessary. Mike Linkenauger is a strong and knowledgeable advocate.
Felecia Real Estate Pro
The Short Sale Specialist Network, has been invaluable in uncovering homeowners in need of a professional to help them understand their options. The Foreclosure Real Estate agent will coach, and consult the homeowner thru the short sale process.
Marlene Real Estate Pro
If your doing short sales you need to be aware of this sight. You will get the right answers to all your questions.
Ana Real Estate Pro
Love working with Mike! He really works hard to make sure he delivers what he promises. I've worked with him and his group for over a year and have had great results! Thanks Mike!
Steve Real Estate Pro
I got 2 referrals the first day iI joined. Since then, I have received more referrals and have closed them all. Mike gets the leads that get results.
Andrew Real Estate Pro
Mike runs the only true short sale referral program. I do not believe in the other short sale organization. I highly recommend Mike and his program.
Debbie Real Estate Pro
Thank you Mike for being there when I needed advice. You are definitely a real estate expert in your field, and thanks to you, I am an expert also. Great networking partner!!
Peggie Herron Real Estate Pro
Mike is a Leading Expert in the Short Sale Industry. Would Recommend him for Any Industry updates.
Cynthia Real Estate Pro
Mike is a consumate professional that has put together a network of associates that know what they are doing when it comes to short sales. His thought and direction is used daily by those in the network. If anyone has a question about short sales, Mike's network is THE place to go for answers, whether you are a troubled homeowner, an agent, or a bank that needs a network to find great agents!
Gerard Real Estate Pro
Mike is very knowledgeable real estate agent, especially on a short sale transactions.
Gregory Real Estate Pro
This organization serves a greay purpose in the Short-Sale arena for Agents and Brokers. I enjoy all the useful information and blogs. I would recommend this Media oultet to all
Becky Real Estate Pro
Mike, your expertise has been very helpful to me. Thanks for all you have shared.
Mannie Real Estate Pro
Mike runs a well educated group of Real Estate professionals who are well versed in the short sale industry. Being in Mike's network of short sale specialist has helped me grow my knowledge and short sale business.. I would recommend short sale specialist to anyone who handles short sales.
Debbie Real Estate Pro
I know Mike through our Short Sale Specialist Network as a valued RE resource that he shares through his online commentary and presence!
Sherri Real Estate Pro
Great REALTOR. Professional Company for referrals. Knows short sales and great lead generation.
Jim Real Estate Pro
Mike and his company are extremely knowledgeable and professional. I highly recommend him to anyone needing assistance with a short sale.
Jan Real Estate Pro
Mike has helped me out more than once. He is quick to share his expertise and knowledge about the short sale market. He has my recommendation.
Celeste Real Estate Pro
Very professional, honest, and ethical. He is experienced and knowledgeable in his field, and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending him to others. We have worked several referrals for Mike in our area, and will continue to build on that relationship.
Michael Real Estate Pro
I enjoy the articles and the resources.
Chris Real Estate Pro
Mike has an in-depth knowledge of the short sale process and knows how to negotiate for a successful conclusion. He is honest, ethical and has the tenacity to see each client through this long and sometimes tedious process. When I need advice, Mike and his associates are the ones I turn to.
Sean Real Estate Pro
Great organization! If you need short sale help or have questions they are a great resource.
Judy-May Real Estate Pro
If you need to get out of your home and are upside down call him to help you get through the process. Always hire a professional!
Jean-Jacques Real Estate Pro
Nothing short of outstanding the way they handle themselves. Communication and information with a solution at our finger tip.
Vivian Real Estate Pro
Expert in his field, great understanding of the Short Sale process and what it takes to get to the closing table therefore avoiding foreclosure.
Tami Real Estate Pro
I would highly recommend him, honest, trustworthy, excellent business ethics, which is hard to find today.
Peter Real Estate Pro
This guy is good - will help you with whatever questions you might have on real estate - especially on short sales. Highly recommended. Pete
Jennifer Real Estate Pro
Very knowledgeable about today's distressed market. Has answer to all the questions...great person to share ideas and issues with on short sale transactions. I've done business with Mike and will continue to do so in the future.
Patti Real Estate Pro
I sing his praise to all that will listen!
Tracey Real Estate Pro
Mike provides phenomenal information to those of us navigating our way through this world of short sales. He is a key player in the industry and I admire his expertise. Mike comes highly recommended!
Marcy Real Estate Pro
Mike works harder than anyone else to help prevent foreclosures.
Laura Real Estate Pro
I highly recommend this gentleman as he knows his stuff!
Basic membership in the Short Sale Specialist Network is FREE. You can access our forums, blogs and groups sections, and all areas of this site by simply setting up a profile at www.TheShortSaleGuide.com!
Preferred Partner membership Benefits
**FREE Agent to Agent Referrals
Members of the Short Sale Specialist Network are free to refer buyer and seller leads to other network members. In order to encourage participation in our blogs and forums section, we regularly give out FREE buyer leads to our most active participants. We also get some sellers visiting our agent website as well.
We currently work with THOUSANDS of buyer and seller leads every month in every state! Our pre-screened and qualified buyers and sellers are Referred ONLY to our Preferred Partner agents. Referral fees are 25% of the listing or selling commission side.
*** Please note that we do have strict standards of practice and additional ethics requirements of the agents we refer home sellers to. Click Here for our agent network agreement.
Benefits of Preferred Partner membership include:
- Access to our "members only" short sale resource website, which is privately accessible through www.TheShortSaleGuide.com
- Unrestricted access to our lender short sale forms section, which contains the required short sale forms, authorizations, and financial worksheets for all major banks, lenders, and servicers.
- Access to our listings forms and documents section, which contains all of the listing forms and resources you will need to be an authority in short sales to your clients. Including question and answer worksheets, foreclosure -VS- Short Sale Comparison form, Short Sale Package sheets, and MANY other forms, documents and resources to help you list and close short sales.
- 25% Discount on ANY Short Sale Specialist Network Training
- A loss mitigation and short sale department phone and fax directory that is updated monthly and emailed to preferred partner members. This is perhaps the most comprehensive directory in the industry and contains phone and fax numbers for all major banks, lenders and servicers loss mitigation departments.
- Access to all previously recorded Short Sale Specialist Network Tele-Seminars as well as participation in all future member exclusive Tele-Conferences. Our tele-seminars are information packed conferences discussing advanced short sale strategies, resources, as well as network announcements.
- Use of the "Short Sale Specialist Network Official Member" and other designation logo on your website or any other media within reason for the time of your membership.
- "Preferred Partner" membership logo added to your profile at www.TheShortSaleGuide.com. This will open you up to receiving many more referrals from other agents and the general public.
- Different areas of the country produce different numbers of referrals.
- Agents in our network receive referrals from us based on availability and are graded based on consistency, accountability, experience, and production.
- Our best agents in distressed major cities can receive 4-8 listing referrals per month from us consistently. Our AVERAGE agent receives 1-3/Month. Some rural areas will produce less.
- There is a need for multiple agents in major cities, as sellers are "paired up" with specific agents who may best be able to meet their needs. We will eventually limit membership in popular areas, but there are plenty of referrals to go around, and we are no where near filling up membership in pretty much every area!! We still post TONS of listing referrals on sites like activerain.com because we do no even have ONE good agent in many areas. Not to mention we are growing in volume very rapidly and will continue to do so this year!
- We believe in giving ALL preferred partner agents in our network a chance. If you join, you will receive at least one listing referral as available in your market area from us during your membership. You will likely receive several, and if you are good you will likely receive them regularly.
- ALL referrals are 100% Pre Screened. They are informed about the short sale process, given a financial worksheet and list of all required documents, and instructed to have these ready for their referred agent at the time of listing.
- Prior to receiving any referrals from the Short Sale Specialist Network, you MUST sign and return our network referral agreement. Click Here for our network referral agreement. Please read this prior to joining.
- If you are considering joining our preferred partner program, please read our testimonials and see what some of our active members have to say about us. We have been doing this for a little while and have not even charged ANY membership fee until very recently. Feel free to also set up a profile at www.TheShortSaleGuide.com and participate in any way you like!
Need Short Sale Training and Referrals? Visit our agent site for information on our training programs, referrals, and free resources for agents.
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Certified Short Sale Guide designation (CSSG) and Training Program
($100 for Preferred Partner members)
The Short Sale Specialist Network training course will take a novice short sale agent and provide you with the education, resources and tools to confidently "guide" buyers and sellers in short sale transactions. We will take you through an entire short sale transaction, from generating the business all the way to the closing table! Written training materials and
various forms are also provided with each online training session.
Upon completion you can earn the Certified Short Sale Guide designation
(6) Training Sessions
Our six energetic training sessions are done by short sale experts Mike Linkenauger, Ethan Gregory, and Jon Paul Ott, who have experience with thousands of short sale transactions! Our training course was developed by short sale Realtors®, FOR short sale Realtors®!
|Mike Linkenauger, founder of the Short Sale Specialist Network, has closed hundreds of short sale transactions and personally generated thousands of short sale leads throughout the Unites States.|
|Jon Paul Ott has experience in directly screening, qualifying and working with literally thousands of short sale prospects.|
|Ethan Gregory is the head short sale processor of First Coast Realty Associates and has negotiated in hundreds of short sale transactions and prepared over 100 short sale packages.|
Introduction - Our introduction conference will introduce the agents participating in the conferences and also outline the program and exactly what materials will be covered in the process.
Session #1 - Short Sale Basics - Our first training session will cover the basics of short sales. We will define various terms used in regards to distressed properties, along with a step by step look at how the process works as well as some basic "do's and don'ts".
Session #2 - Listing Session - This session comprises of finding, screening and explaining the short sale process to future and current clients. We will also review all of the customizable forms and documents included in our training and designation program.
Session #3 - BPO Session - This conference call will explain the different types of BPO's (Brokers Price Opinions) and property valuations that financial institutions use to value distressed properties. We also provide you with several editable and customizable BPO forms as well as many different lender specific BPO forms. In addition, we provide an invaluable list of asset management companies looking for agents to pay to do BPO's.
Session #4 - Short Sale Packages - This session will cover preparing short sale packages that get negotiators attention. It will also discuss the very technical process of properly preparing preliminary HUD-1 closing statements for short sale transactions.
Session #5 - Expert Negotiations - Our fifth session will teach you to negotiate like the pros, and will cover many advanced techniques such as:
- What to do when a lender wants a deficiency repaid
- Tips to postpone Foreclosure proceedings
- Effectively negotiating with multiple lien holders
- Making sure you get a 6% commission
- What to do with multiple offers on properties
Session #6 - Short Sale Teams - This advanced training session many tips for buyers agents working with short sales, and also involves setting up a team to streamline the short sale process. In this conference, we teach about the importance of delegating responsibilities in order to handle 15-20 or more new listings each and every month, and the different roles each person can play in the short sale process.
- Seller Q and A Qualification Worksheet
- Seller information Worksheet
- Financial Worksheet
- Short Sale Package Checklist
- Short Sale File Cover Sheet
- Call Log Sheet
- Lenders 3rd Party Authorization Form
Listing Tools and Documents:
- How to write a short sale hardship letter
- Short Sale Hardship Sample Letters
- How to prepare your house for sale
- Benefits of a short sale vs foreclosure form
- Sellers information Q and A Sheet
Other Forms and Documents:
- Asset management and asset valuation company list (50+ companies!)
- Two Personalizable and editable generic BPO forms
- 12+ Lender specific BPO forms
|"I am so glad I took the “Certified Short Sale Guide”(CSSG) designation training. Not only is this a great way to represent yourself to clients, it is also a marketing tool that will work. This course goes over everything you will need to know, from the first phone call you receive from a prospective client, down to the “lingo”. The forms that are offered are amazing timesavers."|
|"Great training tool for the first timer and the experienced agent. I’ve closed many Short Sale transaction and I learned some valuable tips. The forms provided are worth the cost of the training alone. The training gives you a step-by-step program of how to handle a Short Sale transaction from begining to end. Information on how to get Short Sale leads was great. Little ideas that were provided can add a lot of money to your pocket."|