@Moldova - I know what you mean, I had a friend that was trying to buy a short sale from one of the largest banks in the United States and after waiting seven months he withdrew his offer.
I think that a lot of these banks are trying to hire more people to fill these loss mitigation jobs but they have so many cases that when they do hire people it seems like a drop in the bucket.
I think that this is why a very small percentage of homeowners get their loans reworked so that they could manage the mortgage payments. I think that this is the first time that so many banks are facing these types of problems so I can imagine that the workload must be overwhelming.
If anyone is looking for a home, they should consider a foreclosure over a short sale, because a foreclosure already went through this process and since the banks would have held the property for a longer amount of time, they are in more of a position to negotiate.