The variable is if the seller has been approved toeven complete a short sale and if the offer is at or just under market value. The offer should be clos eto that appraised value becuase if it is too low, it may get rejected. The things that affect time is if their are 1 mortgage or 2. Then if there is PMI (private mortgage insurance) involved which can hold up decisions. In the best world you would hear in 30 days or less, on average 60 days and as many as 90 if the package is not complete.