Great advice Don...for NY perhaps. But most definitely not for here in CA. Not at all in fact.
Typical short sales do not take that long in CA. I've listed, got under contract, got the approval and closed escrow on many short sales well under 6 months. I've closed most under 4 months, and a few of them even in 2-3 months tops.
I'm sorry it seems that short sale lenders you're dealing with in NY don't have the same turn around time we're having in CA, but I often encourage my buyers to seriously consider short sales because they can get the home for often a lower price than the same home in a traditional sale situation, and if there's only one loan on the property we're going to most likely close escrow in a very timely manner.
Maybe we just have a more positive attitude and approach to short sales? I don't know, but at least that's a better start.