The answer is “yes” and “no” and “maybe.” According to an excellent chart that is available for download (http://www.scribd.com/doc/85625440/Loan-Waiting-Periods), if you are obtaining an FHA loan for your next purchase, there may be no waiting period for a borrower who participated in a short sale to buy again. However, that borrower would have to have completed the short sale with no late payments on any mortgages and no consumer debt within the 12-month period prior to the short sale. Also, the borrower must be able to prove that s/he was not taking advantage of the declining market conditions.
Short sale sellers are often curious about the waiting periods required to purchase again after significant derogatory credit events (such as short sale, foreclosure, and bankruptcy). Use the handy chart in order to familiarize yourself with the latest and greatest information about all of the different loans and their waiting periods. That way, when you take your next short sale listing, you will have another tool at your disposal.