Buying a House After a Bankruptcy

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Can someone get a mortgage after a bankruptcy? Yes they can! And they only have to wait 2 years from the date that the bankruptcy was discharged.

The most important thing is that they "re-establish credit" after the bankruptcy. That means no late payments of any kind (including collection accounts) for the 12 months preceding the loan application date.

What are the down payment requirements for people with bankruptcies? They are that same as they are for anyone else: just 3.5% of the purchase price for FHA loans.

What are the interest rates for people with bankruptcies? They are the same as they are for anyone else.

Getting a loan approved is easy - if you know what to do. The Mortgage Experts know what to do!!!

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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal RealtorĀ®

Most do not know that they havethe ability to purchase after only 2 years. Same in Short Sales. BUT, as you have stated good payment history after the bankruptcy is imperative

May 11, 2012 12:26 AM #1
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

After the "Great Recession" many Americans do need a second chance. Thanks for sharing!


May 11, 2012 12:28 AM #2
Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota Real Estate Expert

The key is getting the credit in line over that two years. Some people forget about that.

May 11, 2012 12:32 AM #3
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Chris, This is excellent information for anyone who is in or considering bankruptcy. Great tip and reminder that they need to have had to reestablish a good credit rating with no late payments. 

May 11, 2012 01:28 AM #4
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

HI Chris, I am sure that there are many who have already had a bankruptcy and had wrong information. Now they know what to do.

May 11, 2012 01:41 AM #5
Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

this is a great info, Chris.

Some buyers don't really know what to expect after bankruptcy.

Have a great weekend.

May 11, 2012 03:23 AM #6
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

I heard a speaker on credit recently who said that those who offer credit cards actually favor people with bankrupcy over people with bad credit.

May 11, 2012 03:43 AM #7
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

The two year sit out rule is for FHA/VA ? Isn't Conventional- 2yrs for Chptr 13, 4yrs for Chptr. 7  ???

May 11, 2012 04:01 AM #8
Kevin O'Rourke - Keller Williams Miami Beach Realtor
Keller Williams Miami Beach Realty - Miami Beach, FL
CDPE Miami Short Sale Agent 305-520-9436
Good to know! I am stunned by Melissa's, #7's remark. But I guess it means that those who file for Bankruptcy are proving to be a better risk than people who have not hit bottom yet. Amazing.
May 11, 2012 12:32 PM #9
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Chris - This is important information as so many people believe that it will be very difficult to buy after a bankruptcy.

May 11, 2012 03:33 PM #10
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTORĀ®

They HAVE to pay everything on time though. That is what usually kills it for them. 

May 11, 2012 10:22 PM #11
Rob Spinosa
Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA - San Anselmo, CA
Vice President of Mortgage Lending, Marin County

Bear in mind too that a potential borrower who is 2 years out of BK and has a FICO score of 651 looks very different to an underwriter than a borrower 2 years out of BK with a FICO of 721.

Like with law, there are the actual laws and the application and interpretation of them.  Same with guidelines and each cash is different.  Indeed some borrowers emerge from BK, get a new start and make the most of it.  Others trend back into their old ways and I think it's fair that in those cases, underwriters decide appropriately.

Great post.  Thanks.

May 11, 2012 10:53 PM #12
Charlie Dresen
Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty - Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro

Great information. I would not have thought 2 years was the time frame. Thanks

May 12, 2012 01:03 AM #13
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Chris, your post contains good information for those who have endured a bankruptcy.  I hope all the right people get to read this valuable piece.

May 12, 2012 08:19 AM #14
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