DH and I have been in the process of looking for a new home for a few months now. We've been looking mostly at short sale or foreclosure homes because that's what we can afford in the area we currently live (we don't want to move too far away because I work from home and if I move too far, I'd lose my clients). The first home we found we lost because someone outbid us. We found two short sale homes this weekend that we are very interested in, but I have a question. We only have 2 months left on our current lease (with the option to extend one month with a $300 increase...yikes!). Is there any way we can put a contingency on our offer that says the seller MUST move out by a certain date? We're willing to pay what they're listed (and possibly a little more to motivate). We're also cash buyers.
I'm just getting worried because we know people that have tried to get a short sale before and ended up being strung along for months and we just don't have that kind of time.
Thanks for any advice!!