In order to purchase a short sale, you must be in a position to wait 6-9 months for the bank to finally approve you and then you may have only days to be ready to close.
Most short sales end up at selling at current market prices, so why not purchase a home in the classic way at current market values.
Foreclosures generally need tons of money to get them back to liveable conditions. Folks who are being foreclosed on are angry and take it out on the house before they leave.
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