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Can you tell me where you are in the process?
Has the bank approved and signed off on the short sale contract?
How far do you want to pursue this?
Ok, if the seller has signed the contract, you have signed, and the bank has signed, then you have an enforceable contract. If the seller wanted to back out, then you can sue them for "specific performance" in order to force them to continue on with the contract and close on the sale. The judge would order them to complete the sale or be held in contempt of court and face up to 6 months in jail for refusing.
To be honest, it is pretty rare simply because it can drag out for a year if the seller fights it and it can cost thousands in attorney fees on both sides. It isn't a matter of winning, as you can enforce the contract, but rather how much do you want to spend in time and money forcing it to go through as you wouldn't get possession until everything was over..