Today I closed on my old place. I bought it around 2003/4. When I got married in 2008, I moved to G's place and put mine on the market. About that same time, the housing market collapsed, and I wasn't getting offers anywhere near what I'd paid for it. It sat empty for a couple of years and we continued to make the payments on it. Eventually, I did get a renter for it, but her rent didn't cover the monthly payments.
So I found an agent that specializes in short sells and listed it with her. It still took a long time because a short-sell is a tedious process, but I finally closed on it today. Huge weight lifted.
I had some great times and have lots of good memories in that place...I hope the new owner enjoys it as much as I did.