As indicated by Agents, FHA changes its rules and one should work with an experienced lender. Having said that, I am not sure what your question is based on...FHA, and the other entities--FNMA, FHMLC, VA--will each allow for exceptions to their general rules if you can show "extenuating circumstances", but owning only one home is not considered an extenuating circumstance. Has to be death of an income earner, extended illness which will not repeat, etc.
FHA also has certain rules which allow a homeowner to buy right away after a Short Sale--never late on a mortgage payment, not taking advantage of the market to buy a substantially equal or better home within reasonable commuting distance, etc.
One factor no one seems to focus on is that each individual lender has the ability to put into place what we in the business call "overrides"--just because FHA, FNMA, etc.--say they can do certain things, does not mean the lenders have to agree. They can, and DO, create their own guidelines which are often more strict than those proposed by FHA, etc.
Conclusion: Get a good lender and find out what reality is in your particular situation.
Bill Parker, Loan Officer
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