WEll,,,it is like this. The short sales and foreclosures are not for everyone! they can take a very long time to go to closing and there are a lot of unknowns with a property that is in poor condition . (even if you have an inspection) The bank willl not pay to get anything fixed. It happens, but it is rare and I would not count on it.
If you are on specific timeline or get nervous waiting for answers, it is probably NOT for you.
Buying a regular home that is on the market is much easier as a rule. As long as you have your financing in order and there are no major glitches with the inpection .