"Normal sales" leave the door open to ask for repairs or money off the initial purchase price. Short Sales and Foreclosures may be bank owned and banks don't want to deal with repairs in any way. If its still owned by the individual, they may not have the money available to make any repairs. Remember they are close to loosing their home, they probably don't have extra money to fix anything. Also since the bank has never "lived" in the house they won't give you a Sellers Disclosure either. So your basicially buying blind except for the home inspection report which you, the buyer pays for.
Betina Foreman- Realtor, C.N.E.
Austin Home GIrls Realty