Sorry to hear about the short sale but it's good to hear you have things turned around! FHA does allow some borrowers to qualify for a new FHA loan as soon as 12 months after a short sale. The basic guidelines are:
Borrowers are considered eligible for a new FHA-insured mortgage if
• they were current on their mortgage and other installment debts at the
time of the short sale of their previously owned property, and
• the proceeds from the short sale serve as payment in full.
Reference: For detailed information, see “Short Sales” at 4155.1 4.C.2.l
Borrowers in default on their mortgage at the time of the short sale (or pre-foreclosure sale) are not eligible for a new FHA-insured mortgage for three years from the date of the pre-foreclosure sale.
More information on this subject can be found here:
I would love an opportunity to work for you. If you do not qualify for a new FHA loan, I would be happy to work on finding an owner carry contract home that may fit your needs.