Hello again, Alleen!
The reason for a short sale on your credit report will not matter. A short sale is a short sale, if you know what I mean. From all that I can gather, it appears that it will take a person 3-4 years after suffering a short sale before they will be considered for another mortgage loan. But who knows... the way things are changing on the national scene with Fannie Mae, etc., it's really hard to say for sure.
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