There is no set time on that. If you see one you like and know about, I may be able to help you get it.
If so where is it in the process?
1. Is it currently in foreclosure and do you know the people living there.
2. Has the bank taken it back?
What we would do is find out who owns it and try to make an offer on it.
So to answer your question, I have seen it take years. But, if you know how to be proactive you can get the home, you may end up being the only bidder on it and possibly get a bargain.
Call me 949-297-1207
While I do not sell real estate any more, I only do loans, I have sold a lot of real estate and am a licensed broker.