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When to Buy Again After Bankruptcy, Short Sale or Foreclosure

The following is the latest information in lending guidelines after filling for bankruptcy, foreclosure or short sale.

I get this question all the time, and I finally got smart and decided to post it here for everyone.

These guidelines have changed quite a bit over the past three years (becoming more strict) and are accurate as of  2/3/2011.

2011 FHA Waiting Guidelines:
Bankruptcy (BK)–You may apply for an FHA insured loan after your bankruptcy has been discharged for two years with a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.

You may apply for a FHA insured loan after your bankruptcy has been discharged for one year with a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Foreclosure–You may apply for a FHA insured loan three years after the sale/deed transfer date.

Short Sale / Notice of Default–You may apply for a FHA insured loan three years after the sale date of your foreclosure. FHA treats a short sale the same as a foreclosure for now.

Credit must be re-established with a 640 minimum credit score

2011 VA Waiting Guidelines:
Bankruptcy–You may apply for a VA guaranteed loan two years after a bankruptcy

Foreclosure–You may apply for a VA guaranteed loan two years after a foreclosure

Short Sale–You may apply for a VA guaranteed loan two years after a short sale, unless it was a VA loan then restrictions apply.

Credit must be re-established with a minimum 620 credit score

2011 Conventional Waiting Guidelines (Fannie Mae):

Bankruptcy–You may apply for a Conventional, Fannie Mae loan after your bankruptcy has been discharged for four years.

Foreclosure–You may apply for a Conventional, Fannie Mae loan seven years after the sale date of your foreclosure. Additional qualifying requirements may apply,

Short Sale / Notice of Default–Currently treated the same as a foreclosure with a waiting time of seven years before you can buy again using a Fannie Mae conventional home loan.

Credit must be re-established with a minimum 660 credit score.

Fannie Mae has reduced waiting periods in cases of extenuating circumstances–the death of a primary wage earner seems to be the only one I have been able to identify up to this point.

Preparing to Buy Again after BK, Short Sale or Foreclosure:
You should begin looking at your credit at least six months before you are ready to buy again.

Quite often there are things left over on your credit report that can delay your ability to qualify.

With a little head start and good advice, you can get your credit in line, qualify for financing and buy again in the lowest priced real estate market that California has seen in years and years.

michealklatt June 01, 2011 at 07:15 AM
We're currently in the midst of the greatest mortgage refinancing frenzy of the past 5 or 6 years. Rates are now the lowest they've been since mid to late 2003, I worked with a company called "Mortgage Refinance 123" I refinanced my current mortgage to 3.12% search online for them if you are planning to do refinance.

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