Lies, lies, lies! To be sure, Las Vegas short sales have been increasing for the past couple of years. However, local real estate agents have not found that these type of sales are any quicker than buying foreclosures. Instead, they’ve found the exact opposite to be true, at least in this part of the country. While short sales in other cities may certainly serve as a quicker alternative, buying here can take upwards of three months to close, due in part to skepticism on the part of local banks and lending institutions.