Have you already spoken with a mortgage lender? If not, that should be your first step. There are different answers depending on your situation
What type of loan did you have on your short sale
What were extenuating circumstances and reasons for your hardship
Were you ever late on your monthly payments
Here's an article that says "FHA describes extenuating circumstances as circumstances that were beyond the control of the borrower, such as a serious illness or death of a wage earner, and the borrower has re-established good credit since the major credit event. For FHA, Divorce is not considered an extenuating circumstance. An exception may, however, be granted where a borrowerâ€™s loan was current at the time of his/her divorce, the ex-spouse received the property, and the loan was later foreclosed. Lastly, FHA does not consider the inability to sell the property due to a job transfer or relocation to another area does not qualify as an extenuating circumstance.
So in short, a prospective homeowner can buy after short sale with FHA right away (and VA) if there are NO LATE PAYMENTS and other nuanced conditions are met and after 3 years if there are late payments on the mortgage and/or installment debt. For Fannie Mae backed loans, with 10 percent down a prospective homebuyer can purchase AFTER 2 YEARS if they can document their extenuating circumstances."
Your mortgage broker can provide the guidelines regarding what it will take to qualify to buy again after a short sale
Good luck to you