Selling your home as a short sale can be a stressful situation. It is often the result of financial hardship and is never an easy decision to make. You put your home on the market and hope for the best. Lucky for you, the market is booming with buyers so your Realtor is able to negotiate a great contract. Lenders require an offer to purchase as part of a complete short sale package, so this is often the final piece of information needed to initiate the process.