You should never have to pay an upfront fee when hiring a short sale agent.
PRLog - Sep. 5, 2012 - Amanda Brown, Short Sale Expert in Las Vegas, NV talks about in a video why you should never have to pay an upfront fee to short sale your home. In Las Vegas, many real estate agents are charging seller's an upfront fee to just list their home. This is something that you should not be charged. When an agent charges a seller this, they are saying that they won't get the short sale completed so pay me now. Also, what motivation does the agent have to not only try and finish the short sale but also fight for you to get a full release of all debt on your remaining loan.