Seeking improvements on a short saleI went looking at homes with my Realtor this last weekend and to my surprise the one I liked best was the lowest priced one, a short sale in need of a little TLC. I've done a little reading on the short sale process and I know that most of these are "AS-IS" and can take some time to process. Here's where it gets weird.The issue that concerns me most is the leaky roof. It leaks through the wall in the kitchen. Haven't made an offer yet and haven't had a home inspector look at it so I don't know if it can be patched or if the whole roof needs to be replaced. So let's say I put an offer in today and it takes four months to close. What I'm worried about is how much worse that problem could be if rain continues to come in over the next four months.My loan officer said "please know that if there's an issue with the roof, it will need to be addressed prior to closing in most situations." My Realtor (and research) tells me that most short sale sellers aren't going to put money into a home because they are already selling it at a loss. If my bank won't approve the sale of a house with a leaking roof, does that mean I need to find another bank or another house? Who else is going to be able to buy this house and why wouldn't the bank let me buy it? I plan to use a conventional loan, this is a first time home purchase, and I'll be putting 20% down.How realistic would it be to offer more (up to the cost of replacing the roof) than asking price with more earnest money than usual to convey the seriousness of my offer, but also stressing how important it is to my lender that the roof isn't leaking? I'm open to other possibilities too. I could probably afford to fix the roof myself with some handy family members after the fact, but like I said, I hate the idea of three of four more months of rain coming in through that wall not knowing how bad it is exactly.May 09 2012 - Dekalb00YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.