Ava - you also need to be aware that with a short sale, the lender will examine the Seller's situation to first identify whether or not the Seller has the assets and/or income to repay the loan in its entirety - the only time the lender will even consider agreeing to the short sale is if they do not think the Seller can repay the loan. What does that mean to you as a Buyer? Well, you better have flexible living conditions right now because it may take the lender a week, a month, or even several months to respond to the offer.
In the meantime, the bank will gladly look at any other offers that come in from other potential Buyers that will result in a higher net amount coming to the bank. So, you could make an offer, wait several weeks and learn that another Buyer has submitted a better offer, or learn that the bank will not accept the short sale. Consequently, you want to make sure that the inspection and other dates in the offer do not occur until after you have acceptance of the contract by the lender or lenders if there are more than one.
For a home to even be considered a short sale, typically means that the current owner has missed one or more mortgage payments and that also means that there may be deferred maintenance on the property (for example, if there are multiple toilets in a home and one of them stops working, a Seller may forgo fixing the toilet (because there are other toilets) so they can at least pay the mortgage - when they can no longer pay the mortgage, then there may be multiple repairs throughout the home that have not been done).
I am not trying to scare you away from them because they may represent some of the best deals in the market, but you do need to be prepared that the process will probably not be as smooth as when there is a more typical Seller.