I’ve been getting a lot of questions in the past couple weeks about FHA waiving the waiting periods for buying after a bankruptcy, foreclosure or short sale.
As is true with most rumors, there is a significant amount of truth woven into this conversation.
As of the date this article is being written, I have sorted through the facts, speculation and rumor to help make sense of the fragmented information available about this topic online.
FHA May Waive It’s 3 Year Foreclosure Waiting Period
This news story originated on September 10th, 2012. Shortly afterwards the news of FHA waiving it’s waiting periods spread throughout the internet on many real estate, mortgage and news sites – I suspect to attract readers to their websites.
If FHA does waive its waiting period, it will be national news and we will all know about it
While this may indeed have been a topic of discussion and maybe even consideration, fact is, we haven’t heard a peep since. At this point it is only a “rumor”.
Trust me when I say that if FHA does waive its waiting period, it will not be a secret. This would be national news and we will all know about it
Buy Again 1 Day After BK, Foreclosure or Short Sale
Currently, FHA will allow a buyer to buy a home 1 day out of bankruptcy if the hardship was the result of extenuating circumstances completely outside the borrower’s control.
Following is an excerpt directly from the FHA Underwriting Manual regarding Extenuating Circumstances:
A borrower is generally not eligible for a new FHA-insured mortgage if, during the previous three years
• his/her previous principal residence or other real property was foreclosed, or • he/she gave a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure.
Exception: The lender may grant an exception to the three-year requirement if the foreclosure was the result of documented extenuating circumstances that were beyond the control of the borrower, such as a serious illness or death of a wage earner, and the borrower has re-established good credit since the foreclosure.
Divorce is not considered an extenuating circumstance. An exception may, however, be granted where a borrower’s loan was current at the time of his/her divorce, the ex-spouse received the property, and the loan was later foreclosed.
Note: The inability to sell the property due to a job transfer or relocation to another area does not qualify as an extenuating circumstance.
Video Library: Buy Again Sooner with Extenuating Circumstances
Current FHA Waiting Periods
FHA will allow a borrower to qualify for a home loan for a primary residence after meeting the following specified waiting periods:
- 3 years after foreclosure, short sale or deed in lieu of foreclosure
- 2 years after discharge of a chapter 7 bankruptcy
- 1 year after discharge of a chapter 13 bankruptcy
We have a whole series in our video library about buying after bankruptcy, foreclosure or short sale. Waiting periods depend on two factors:
- The hardship
- What type of financing you’re using
Video Library: View all Buy Again Timelines Here