Be aware that, on occasion, lenders have “approved” short sales that included personal notes for the deficiency, and unwitting sellers have signed the notes without a full understanding of the consequences. Note that the lender is a principal in the transaction. The agent represents the seller, not the lender. In a short sale, the offer is negotiated with the seller, just as in a traditional sale. The offer is then submitted to the lender, not for an “acceptance” but for the terms and net proceeds.