Can I Buy After a Foreclosure?

Yes, you can buy after a foreclosure, BUT with every mortgage loan types there is a wait time period that begins after closing, and the time period depends on the type of financing you had on the house.

You also have to have repaired credit to meet the credit requirements of the mortgage loan you are applying for.

Cash would be any time.

FHA (Federal Housing Administration) of three years is the minimum amount of time you have to wait. However, if you can prove the foreclosure was from a one time uncontrollable situation, FHA lenders MAY reduce the wait period to two years.

  • You have to put 3.5% down payment with a credit score of 580.
  • You have to put 10% down payment with a credit score of 500.

The lender may also require you to go through HUD Counseling.

Conventional loans backed by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae is a seven years. This is the longest wait time period.

  • You have to put 5% minimum down payment. Percentage could be as high as 20%. There are variables that include credit score, conventional backing, points and so on that the lender will dictate.

Fannie Mae loans are seven years wait period, but you may get approved in three years as long as you can prove to the lender that your foreclosure was due to a one time uncontrollable situation. (Extenuating Circumstances).

  • You have to put 20% down payment with a credit score of 620.

Freddie Mac loans are seven years wait period, but you may get approved in three years as long as you can prove to the lender that your foreclosure was due to a one time uncontrollable situation. (Extenuating Circumstances).

  • You have to put 20% down payment with a credit score of 620.

VA (Veterans Affairs) loans are two years wait period.

  • You put $0.00 down payment with a credit score of 620.

Some Tips For You To Work On Before Being Approved For a Mortgage After Foreclosure

Paying all credit card debt

Paying your credit card debts down or completely off is one of the major ways to raise your credit score and prove to the lenders you are now financially able to pay your bills. Once you’ve paid off your credit cards you should see the change in your credit score within a month.

It is wise not to cancel your cards though, because these credit cards show the lender that you have an established trusting relationship with other peoples money. Cancelling your credit cards cancels that out.

Don’t apply for any other financing

Don’t increase your debt burden before applying for mortgage financing. This includes buying or leasing a car, buy now pay later furniture and appliances, rent to own furniture and appliances. Your debt-to-income ratio is one of the most important factors lenders look for when determining your eligibility for a mortgage.

Avoid any other negatives on your credit report.

After your foreclosure, paying all your bills and loan payments on time is crucial. You don’t want to begin the waiting for negative remarks to be removed again.

Collection accounts may remain for 7 years and 6 months from the date you first fell behind with the original creditor leading up to when the account was placed in collection.

Information is not guaranteed over time due to Information changes without notice from the sources in this information. Please note the date of this information.