Mortgage Loan Waiting Periods for Borrowers With Short Sales and Foreclosures

When can I get a mortgage loan after a short sale or foreclosure?

When can I get a mortgage loan after a short sale or foreclosure?

Life brings about so many circumstances that can cause previous credit issues such as the economic downturn, medical costs, or losing a job.  There is hope for a mortgage loan with time as listed below with good re-established credit and rental / mortgage history after the circumstance.

Keep in mind that there are occasional variances to these Short Sale and Foreclosure Guidelines.

Waiting Period For Borrowers with a Short Sale:

VA: No Restrictions (Unless the shortsale was a previously guaranteed VA loan, which will affect the amount of entitlement available on the new loan if VA paid a claim)

FHA: If there were no lates on the mortgage in the most recent 12 months leading up to the short sale, then no restrictions.  If there were lates, then there is a 3 year waiting period.  1 year if using the FHA Back to Work Program

USDA: 3 year waiting period

Fannie/ Freddie:  If the file is documented that the short sale was due to circumstances beyond the borrower’s control, was a one-time event and not likely to happen again, AND the file receives an approval from the Automated Underwriting System (AUS), there are new guidelines effective May 2015:

  •  NEW!  2 years mandatory time since short sale.  Documentation is required to prove the extenuating circumstance that caused the short sale

Waiting Periods for Borrowers with a Foreclosure or deed in lieu of foreclosure:  Keep in mind that the clock starts ticking once the foreclosure is “Finalized” which is when the deed is transferred out of the borrower’s name.

VA: 2 years

FHA:  3 years, 1 year on FHA Back to Work program

USDA:  3 years

Fannie/ Freddie:  NEW!  2 years mandatory time since foreclosure.  Documentation is required to prove the extenuating circumstance that caused the foreclosure

*** All waiting periods are measured from the transfer date to application date and there are sometimes exceptions to the above****

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