That's a good one, Glenda. It depends on many different factors. Tony is correct, these items have to be in place for the closing to happen. How long? That is the kicker. If the short-sale has already been approved by the seller's lender and you can get your inspection and mortgage in order, I've seen short-sales close within two months. If you are dealing in cash, it could take only a few weeks--if everything else has been lined-up before your offer came in. On the other hand, I have seen short-sales take a year from the original offer if it was at the onset of the short-sale process and things didn't move smoothly. Assume you are going to be in it for a minimum of six months and you shouldn't be too disappointed--assuming, of course, that the seller's lender accepts the short-sale offer... That's a whole different topic. Good luck!