Honestly, each short sale is so different. It depends on the agent, how they work their short sales, the bank, if there is an approval, how many lien holders are involved, how cooperative the sellers are, etc. There are so many variables that it is really tough to give you a time frame. One thing to keep in mind is the agent you hire to help you on the buying side. Make sure that your agent has experience. I have a serious of questions that I ask every listing agent on a short sale so that I know what is going on and so that my buyers have the right expectations. Not every short sale will successfully close but if you're working with an experienced agent you can avoid the pitfalls and horror stories!!