Do I have to wait 2 years after filing a chapter 7 bankruptcy to buy a home or is there an alternative?

Asked by Camaria, Elkhart, IN Wed Jul 11, 2012

I have a great job, very stable and I'm tired of renting!

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HomeBuyer, Home Buyer, 35802
Thu Nov 1, 2012
And ... I may add -
Lenders (not FHA) may have additional overlays. For example - even if it was an FHA loan, Chase requires the following:

10 % - if date since short sale >36 but < 84 months
3.5 % - if date since short sale > 84 months

So when you talk to your broker - find out who is the bank who will purchase the loan. Ask them for the additional overlays. Many brokers will just spew out the FHA requirements - which gives you the false sense of security.
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Rodney Mason, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Atlanta, GA
Wed Jul 11, 2012
FHA mortgages are the least restrictive for a previous bankruptcy. HUD requires that a minimum of 24 months must have elapsed from the DISCHARGE date of a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy before a borrower can be eligible for an FHA mortgage.

For a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, then you must have made at least 12 on time payments. Additionally, you must also have permission to purchase from the Bankruptcy Court.

In the time since the Bankruptcy, there should be no new derogatory items such as late payments, collection accounts, liens, judgments, etc. Having late payments after a Bankruptcy is often viewed as a disregard for the importance of credit. It also reflects that you are still having financial struggles.

If a mortgage was included in the Bankruptcy, you must wait at least 36 months from the foreclosure date to be eligible for an FHA mortgage. Sometimes, the foreclosure happens well after the Discharge Date of the Bankruptcy. If the mortgage was no re-affirmed, there is not much that can be done until the property get foreclosed on.

Getting Pre-Qualified is the only way for you to find out your options once you pass the 24 month mark. To get Pre-Qualified you purchase, you can submit your request online at

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Rex Anderson, , Huntsville, AL
Wed Jul 11, 2012
2yrs. with FHA, VA, Rural Housing & 4 yrs. with conventional
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