A short sale is treated a lot like a foreclosure when it comes to lending. But with that said, if you were never forced to go late on your loan payments before the short sale went through you can purchase right after the short sale. FHA requires 3 years from date of sale unless you can prove extenuating circumstances like a loss of job, relocation of job, death of a primary wage earner, etc. If that was the case, two years should be sufficient from date of sale. I'd be happy to work with you and look over your entire situation and see if you are able to purchase a new home.