It is always a good idea to talk with a mortgage broker and let them tell you what they can and can't do.There is so many programs out there that you might qualify for that nobody really know's about but kinda has heard about them. Mortgage broker's know them inside and out. I hope this help's you good luck.... more
I know some people who are very happy with their Lennar homes and some that have complaints... New homes generally come with a 10 year warranty on structure etc. You should probably talk to the builder and see if they can come out and address some of your concerns if they are major issues. Whether it is new construction or an older home, it's always best to get a home inspection done prior so you are aware of what you're buying. Hope this helps.
Short sales are tricky and unfortunately, situations such as the one you're facing are not that uncommon. The owner of the house or the seller doesn't get anything from the sale of the house because any proceeds will go towards loan payment... If they've filed for bankruptcy, this shows that they don't have much. If you haven't spent money on inspections, in your own interest, and to save yourself time/money, probably terminate the contract and look for another house. There are quite a few available.