There is no easy road to home ownership for anyone - even more difficult if you just had a short sale in 2011 - make a plan and work towards attaining your goal.
Check with a local lender. FHA and USDA require the short sale be discharged for 2 years. In cases I have dealt with you are then required to have a significant down payment. Options for financing 5% down for Conv. finance, 3.5% for FHA (can be a gift from family). 0% for USDA and VA. These requirements may be different because of the short sale. Any credited mortgage officer can give you the options available to you. Hope this helps and best of luck to you.
Gina - beware of calling anyone on the internet who has no posted credentials that you can verify!
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