Not all banks use the same systems to process their short sales. The average time frame is still 3 to 6 months for teh whole process. There are 2 basic flaws with short sales. The short sale will only going as easy and well as the person handling them is expereinced in short sales as their process. Starting with teh asking price, most banks will not discount the mortgage more than 80% because if they foreclsoe, the pmi companies will pay off and the banks wont lose as much as in a short sale. So the price needs to be at what market value is. Next the seller has to be quailified to complete a short sale, they have to be behind in their mortgage in most cases and have a real hardship, "my house is worth $200k and i owe $250k is not a hardship in the banks eyes. cNext all paperwork needs to be submitted together, in full an dfilled out correctly with everything they asked for. This is where the biggest delays come in is paperwork is filed, the processor rejects it as not complete and it sits until someone, usually one of the agents notices it has been a long time and no one has heard anything, while in reality nothing got done except wasted time. Lastly the owner needs to stay in their home and continue to maintain said home, if they move out the chances of a short sale get cut in half.