Unfortunately you are out of luck. Sometimes that is the way short sales play out. The good news, however you may not see it that way, is that prices are below what you most likely offered on that property back in November. Now you could probably buy the same house for $8,000 cheaper than you were going to buy it for in the first place. I know its not cash in hand but the deals are out there right now. As difficult as it may seem try to see the upside the current market will bring you.