Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Ballek talks about short selling his home in preparation for an upcoming transfer to the east coast, Monday, May 16, 2011, in Las Vegas. Like thousands of service members, ... more 
Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Ballek talks about short selling his home in preparation for an upcoming transfer to the east coast, Monday, May 16, 2011, in Las Vegas. Like thousands of service members, Ballek is moving across the nation this summer per the military’s order. Depressed property values have become a national crisis for homeowners who purchased their houses before the collapse of the housing market. But for members of the military who must comply with relocation orders or face disciplinary action, waiting out the housing crash is often not an option. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Julie Jacobson
Sun, May 22, 2011 5:25 PM EDT