From the start to getting an approval it should take no more than 60 days. The short sale negotiator doesn't necessarily need the BK discharge papers to issue the approval letter, they & the escrow co. only need that in order to allow you to close. Getting these papers shouldn't be holding you up from getting an approval.
It's when you start going back & forth countering with the bank over $5k in price that short sale approval can take much much longer, maybe 3+months.
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