When the call arrived late Saturday advising me that my short sale deal crashed and burned just 48 hours before Monday’s closing date, I was too numb to react. A condo owner is suing the building over balcony repairs. The lawsuit spooked the new lender. They pulled out. It’s the latest bizarre twist plaguing this sale. Attorneys and title company magicians will try some fancy footwork tomorrow to see if they can keep the deal alive, but no guarantees. I’m sure there’s a lesson to be learned here. If I figure out what that lesson is, I’ll let you know.