Short sale closing/settlement dateHi,I'm a seller with a short sale in southern New Jersey. I have a buyer and all the paperwork is in, so now it's just wait time.I know it's impossible to predict an exact timeline (and I'm patient and not worried), but here's my question.Let's assume everything goes well. Price is approved by lender, buyers are happy, and everything goes smoothly (just assuming for the question).How is the settlement date determined? Let's say the attorney and agent notify me saying we're approved. When does settlement take place? (assuming buyer's financing and everything is OK) Does the lender set a date? Or are we (seller and buyer) given an option withing a certain amount of time?I read something (somewhere) about settlement usually taking place within 45 days of approval. I think it was NJ but it wasn't clear.As patient as I am--not in a hurry--I'm trying to get an idea of this because I have to rent, plus I'm moving cross-country with 2 dogs, and it's all going to be very tricky on my end, especially with a limited budget. I"m basically hitting the highway right after settlement--I guess! (Will I have an option of the time?).The attorney's office is great, RE agent is fine though he didn't answer this question in email (he's clearly avoiding it since we had contact since and I reminded him that I'm hoping for an answer). I'm guessing it's one of those things that a real estate agent doesn't want to answer so as to not get pinned on it or be held responsible if it doesn't turn out that way.But my question is only about what's typical in NJ--who sets the short sale settlement (closing) date and time once approved? At what point is this decision made--in general or usually? Or is there no way to know?Thanks much!October 06 2013 - US00YesReport 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.