Can I Buy a Home Immediately After Selling A Home By Short-Sale?

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short sale help in woodbridge erick blackwelderCan I Buy a Home Immediately After Selling A Home By Short-Sale?

I Am Selling My Present Home By Short Sale And I Want To Buy Another Home As Soon As Possible

The Answer Is "Yes, But..." 

We have sold a series of homes for clients by short sale, meaning that the sale price, less closing costs is not sufficient to pay-off the existing mortgage.

The sellers owe more than the house is worth right now.

short sale vs foreclosureSome folks struggle with selling via short sale vs letting the home go to foreclosure.  Your credit report will be severely impacted for years to come if you let your home go to foreclosure, whereas a short sale typically does not impact your credit.

Can you buy a home IMMEDIATELY after selling a home by short sale?

Yes you can, but you have to meet some tight restrictions with respect to the house you're selling, and the home you want to buy after your short-sale.

  • The loan on the home you are selling is not an FHA loan
  • You must be making your payments "on-time", and you are not behind on your payments
  • Your lender does not require you to pay back the deficiency between what you owe and the amount the lender gets after closing costs are deducted from the pay-off
  • You are selling short due to circumstances beyond your control, AND those circumstances fit FHA guidelines

The last requirement must include one of the following extenuating circumstances:
  • Temporary job loss or loss of income 
  • Temporary disability or illness of borrower that caused loss of income or reduction of income
  • Death of a wage earner, e.g. both spouses qualify to buy the home, then one dies, leaving just one wage earner
  • "Other circumstances beyond borrower's control"
The last bullet point is a big cloud that opens the door to circumstances unique to a particular industry or location.

If you do not qualify to buy immediately after a short-sale, you will eventually qualify to own a home again.

  • You may buy a home with a Fannie Mae conventional loan, 20% down-payment, 2 years after your short-sale
  • You may buy a home with an FHA 3.5% down-payment loan 3 years after your short sale 

Now remember, all of the guidelines above are in effect as of the date of this post, June 23, 2010.  The guidelines are subject to change at the whim of Congress, or HUD, or Fannie/Freddie.  Your mileage may vary according to how you drive.  Void where prohibited by law.  See the back of the box for a list of ingredients.

What's the point

The point is, check with your lender early and often throughout the short-sale process.

If you want to talk with my source, Markita, you can call her at 703-497-3936 at Weststar Mortgage.

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Randy Ostrander
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI

Interesting tid bits on the short sale process. I would have thought selling short would ding your credit no matter the circumstance. Thanks for posting.

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