Hi Steve, Short Sales are not short. If the listing agent is knowledgable about short sales, if the home owner is cooperating, if the property doesn't have PMI and your price is right then it should close in about 3 to 5 months, unless there has been a pre approved amount by the bank then it would close fast.
Make sure you stay in the loop on things and be informed as to whats going on.
All the Best
Dave & Lisa