You need to find a Realtor that carries the SFR designaiton. ( Short Sales and Foreclosure Reseouce) The SFR is NOT the cure all for short sales, but usually, agents taht have taken this designation course have a greater interest and experience level with short sales then the average agent. You NEED an agent that knows the ropes and has closed these transactions in the past in order to help you.
if you agent starts out with.. Yeah, short sales take 6-8 months to close.. walk away and find another agent. Quickly. That would read to me that they really have no idea on what is necessary and what process is involved to get an expeditious answer from a bank or Realtor.