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Dawn, Home Buyer in 48038

i am discharged from chapter 7 bankruptcy and also foreclosure 2 years ago are there banks willing to finance me for mortgage?

Asked by Dawn, 48038 Sun Jan 10, 2010

i want to buy a house for $130,000 and put down 20%.i have no late payments on car loan or my one credit card in 2 years.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 27, 2015
Hi Dawn,

There are a couple banks I work with that will do loans with a recent bankruptcy or foreclosure, there are a few guidelines you would need to meet, one being having 20% down. If you are still looking, contact me and I can give you more info.
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I had a buyer that wanted to buy a home in Arizona, but he had a Chapter 7 bankruptcy 7 months ago. After researching the web I found a loan program at, they allow a mortgage after a foreclosure, short sale, or bankruptcy. There is only a six month waiting period. Good to see lending options coming back.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 30, 2013
Hi, Dawn

Keane information and advice is correct. Its a 2 year wait period from the date of discharge for Chapter 7. 3 years for foreclosures. So even though you may be discharged from the Chapter 7, if there was a joint (included in the chapter 7) or separate foreclosures as well, you have another 12 months to go at least.

Once you're out, you'll need a LOX (letter of explanantion) explaining how and why the chapter 7 and foreclosure happened. Lost of a job due to a lay off or company closing, cut in pay, divorce, debilitating health issues are the most acceptable reasons.

If you do have another 12 months to wait, you should be doing what you can now to make certain your score and history are as high and spotless as possible. Furthermore, make certain you don't fall behind on any other open credit you may still have. Key note to remember is that any lates or collections that happen after a bankruptcy or foreclosures is heavily frown upon and will more than likely kill any and all chance of you getting a mortgage.

If you're renting right now, make certain you're never more than 30 days late. A clean and 12 months or longer rental history is looked upon as a mortgage payment by underwriters, and the strongest indicator of your ability to responsibily honor a new mortgage. Especially if your present rental payment will be comparable to your future mortgage payment.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 11, 2010
You'll first become eligible via a FHA loan when your foreclosure is 3 years old. The seasoning requirements for a FHA loan are:

2 years for a chapter 7 bankruptcy

3 years for foreclosure or shortsale (Shortsale may not have that long of seasoning depending on your scenario, see this blog post for more details -… )

no seasoning required for chapter 13 bankruptcy if all chapter 13 payments in the last 12 months were on time.

Keep the good payments on the two loans you have. Keep the balance of your credit card low to keep your score higher.

I would also check your credit right now and make sure it's accurate and see what your score is. If you're serious about buying, I would begin monitoring your credit with one of those credit monitoring services. The cost is usually $20-30 a month and you're notified of all changes to your credit as well as a credit report once a month (for most services). I use TrueCredit which is Trans Union. Even though they're owned by only one of the bureaus, I do get updates for all 3 scores.

The only drawback is that FHA 30 year loans have mortgage insurance INCLUDING if you put 20% down. Since you have a larger down payment, I would consider getting a FHA 15 year loan which only requires 10% down to avoid monthly mortgage insurance. The lower rate and lack of insurance makes the payment only marginally higher and will pay off the house faster.

All conventional programs take longer than 3 years from a foreclosure. If you're a military veteran, the same seasoning requirements apply except the VA doesn't have specific guides for buying after a shortsale like FHA.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 10, 2010
Dawn the only way you will know fo rsure, is to contact a local and trusted mortgage broker. They will prequailify you at no cost. Put together the last 2 years of tax returns, 3 months bank statements, last 2 pay stubs and a list of your income and liabilities. The loan officer will be able to pull your credit and let you know if their is a program available for you or not. If not they can asisst you in approximate time or what else you need to do to get a loan. good luck
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Most underwriting guidlines indicated 4 years after a chapter 7 bankruptcy discharged. The time frame is less for chapter 13 (because you are making payments during bankurptcy to rebuild your credit). The time frame is from 2-3 years after foreclosure. The biggest thing will be your credit score which would of been hit hard by the bankruptcy and foreclosure. You most likely your credit score go hit 200-300 points.

Google FNMA underwriting short sales for 8/08 update to provide you a better and clear understanding.

Good Luck

Keith Manson
First Weber Group
Certified Distressed Property Expert
Metro Milwaukee
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 10, 2010

Glad that you are back on track with hard work and being careful to be a new you. Proud of you.

It might depend on the current credit score.

You can send an email to and I can put in touch with the mortgage broker that we use for most of the transactions. He can walk you through.

Good luck,
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I believe the rule of thumb was two-three years out of bankruptcy/foreclosure before they look at anything. If you have a hardship reason why you went through that, (divorce, family medical issues, ect), a local bank may look into you other contributing factors like 20% down and no late payments for the last two years and bend the rules slightly. This usually only happens when you credit has rebounded, you have a strong work history, and with a bank that will keep the loan in house, (called portfolio).
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