Is it possible to purchase a home right after filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy? We were discharged Nov. 07.

Asked by Krystal, Sylvester, GA Wed Jan 2, 2008

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Matt Fagioli, , Dacula, GA
Wed Jan 2, 2008
Hi Krystal,
You probably want to focus on finding a lease purchase financing option. In the current market, many sellers will consider a lease purchase -- even if they are not advertising that way. Your Realtor can help you find properties that fit your needs that area also offering special financing ( including lease purchase). If you don't have a Realtor, we'd be happy to help you.
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Vicki Masell…, Agent, Duluth, GA
Wed Jan 2, 2008
Kudos to both Lorie and Matt for good inputs. My recommendation, Krystal, is that you speak with a reputable lender first. If you do not have one in mind, ask your real estate professional for two or three referrals. If your loan officer determines that you need to take certain steps toward improving your credit score or performing credit repair, then consider pursuing a 6-12 month lease with an option to purchase. Best wishes in your home search. Let us know if we can be of service - Ted
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Lorie Gould, Agent, Duluth, GA
Wed Jan 2, 2008
Krystal... I would recommend that you speak with a good and reputable lender. With the mortgage fall-out this year the guidelines have tightened. If a home was included in the Chapter 7 and/ or foreclosed upon then you will need to wait 3 to 4 years depending on fannie mae or none fannie mae loan. If you have no money down then you will need to start saving now.

Matt is accurate speaking about Lease/ Purchase as an option. Again, how much money do you have to put down and have you had a home foreclosed upon or included in the Chapter 7. Even home owners offereing a lease to purchase want assurance the tenant can make the payment. Bad credit usually requires a larger downpayment than those with great credit.

I recommend hiring a great agent and working with a great lender... and then keeping your credit clean to rebuild the credit score.
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John Cobb, Agent, Warner Robins, GA
Thu Jan 10, 2008
It usually takes at least 2 years
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Don Tepper, Agent, Burke, VA
Thu Jan 3, 2008
I second Matt's recommendation. Lease-options and lease-purchases (especially lease-options, in today's market) are ideal for what you're trying to do. It lets you get into a home, lock in a price, build equity (through monthly option credits), and restore your credit. And you can get into a lease-option, often, with no more money than it would cost to rent--the equivalent of several month's rent. Make sure the money is credited to the purchase price, though, in the form of option credits. (I lease-optioned a property while the market was still hot--May 2006--for no money down. It's really not difficult.)

There are a bunch of other ways to buy a property without getting a new mortgage. Some wouldn't be right for you, but some might be. You might want to research (Google) "subject to," "contract for deed," "equity sharing," and "owner financing" to start. Post here if you want further details on any of those.

You definitely can do it. Good luck.
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Joshua Jarvis, Agent, Duluth, GA
Thu Jan 3, 2008
All great answers here!

The short answer is, that YES you could potentially purchase a home. There are other factors that go into the loan. The question could come that although you can get financing ... do you really want it?

You might be better off going owner financing or lease purchase as Matt suggested.
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Diane Menard, Agent, Marietta, GA
Wed Jan 2, 2008

You got some great responses fromt the other agents, but I want to suggest one more thing that I think you should try. There is a program called NACA, This program helps all kinds of people regardless of your credit score. It is pretty much mortgage counseling, you have to sign up for a four hour workshop, then they match you up with a counselor, this is character based lending and they take a look at the last two years to figure out where things went wrong or maybe didn't go wrong, but they get you on the right track, and they underwrite the loan for you. It may take 2 months to get a loan or it could take 6 months just depending on you.

I learned about the program through a client of mine that had entered the program a year ago, but just didn't find a house she liked at the time so she just decided to wait and some friends put us together and she invited me to a meeting. I think It is a great program.

Go to the website so you can read up on it some more.

if you decide you want to go through the program let me know and I will go ahead and register you so you can get started and then if you need help finding an agent in your area let me know or you can always come back to Trulia and find an agent or go through the NACA program.

Let me know what you think
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