Would it help if I said: No.
Realistically, lots of people try to buy short sales. Some are successful. Many aren't. At best, it can work with only a few hitches, and take just a bit longer than a "regular" purchase. But that's the exception. Many are complicated, frustrating, and time consuming. You generally won't get any useful feedback from the lender. They often take 3-5 months or more, and I've heard of instances where they've taken 9-13 months.
Also, a short sale moves in parallel with the bank's efforts to foreclose. And sometimes the foreclosure occurs prior to the short sale. What that means for you as a buyer is that you can be pursuing a short sale and everything seems to be going OK. You may even be told that closing on the sale is just a week or two away. Then the foreclosure occurs. So at any point, you could lose the house.
It's also a problem if you're on a schedule of some sort. If you've sold your present home and have to be out of it in 2 months, don't depend on a short sale to provide that new home to move into.
So: If you're prepared for all the hazards--that it can take 9-12 months, that you might lose the home after half a year's effort to a foreclosure, if you're flexible on when you have to move, if you're OK with not being able to get an answer to the question "What's the status?" then consider a short sale.
Hope that helps.