Waiting Periods After Bankruptcy

Reblogger Roy Kelley
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The guidelines  for waiting periods after bankruptcy are almost as confusing as the guidelines for short sales and foreclosures.  The guidelines will be provided in two parts so as to keep things short and simple.  This post will address conventional loans and tomorrow I will develop the guidelines for FHA, USDA/RD and VA.

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As George Souto has provided a wealth of information about waiting periods after a short sale or foreclosure to apply for various types of mortgage loans, you need to be aware that there are also waiting periods after going through bankruptcya bankruptcy.  The guidelines  for waiting periods after bankruptcy are almost as confusing as the guidelines for short sales and foreclosures.  The guidelines will be provided in two parts so as to keep things short and simple.  This post will address conventional loans and tomorrow I will develop the guidelines for FHA, USDA/RD and VA.

To understand fully these waiting period guidelines, you need to be aware of the different types of bankruptcy proceedings.  A Chapter 7 proceeding is a liquidation of the debtor's assets and the debts are discharge, with any available assets being divided among the creditors based on the class of the creditor's debt.  In a Chapter 13 proceeding, the debtor's obligations are restructure and monthly payment amounts are adjusted so that the debtor pays his debts in full over a period not to exceed five years, under the supervision of the bankruptcy court.  A Chapter 11 filing is for businesses and involves a restructuring of the debtor's obligations.  Generally, bankruptcy filings do not affect secured debts.

For conventional loans that are sold to Fannie Mae, there is a 4 year waiting period for Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, except that if there are extenuating circumstances the waiting period is reduced to two years.  Fannie's guidelines do not state whether that is four years after dismissal or discharge of from the date of filing.  It would be a safe assumption that the date of discharge or dismaissal would be the applicable start date to determine the actual waiting period for a particular potential borrower  For Chapter 13 proceedings, the waiting period is two years after a discharge or four years after a dismissal.  In other words if a potential borrower who went through a Chapter 13 proceeding did not complete the payment plan and his petition was dismissed, that person must wait longer than the person who successfully completed the bankruptcy payment plan.  If the potential borrower has filed more than one bankruptcy petition within the seven year period prior to the loan application, that person will be subject to a waiting period of five years, except that if there are extenuating circumstances, the waiting period will be three years from the most recent discharge or dismissal.

Lenders do have the option to extend the waiting periods under their own underwriting standards. They do not have the ability to shorten the waiting periods except for extenuation circumstances.  The FNMA guidelines define extenuating circumstances as, "Extenuating circumstances are nonrecurring events that are beyond the borrower’s control that result in a sudden, significant, and prolonged reduction in income or a catastrophic increase in financial obligations."

In case you missed the series of blogs by George Souto on waiting periods for short sales and foreclosures, his blogs can be found HERE.

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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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Good morning Roy. Randy Kirsch did such a great job taking the mystery out the the waiting period necessary to wait before being able to get a mortgage or refinance after a BK.

Jan 20, 2015 06:10 PM #1
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Roy.  Randy Kirsch is very knowledgeable.  Great reblog.

Jan 20, 2015 07:09 PM #2
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for stopping by. Please be sure to leave comments at the original blog by Randy Kirsch

Jan 20, 2015 07:58 PM #3
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Great choice for a reblog and much needed information for those that went through bankruptcy.

Jan 20, 2015 09:51 PM #4
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
REcampus Fully Accredited Florida ONLINE & Classroom Training in Destin, Pensacola Florida - Panama City Beach, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

Good morning Roy! Thank you for this, it was very infromative. I did not know all of this until now.

Jan 20, 2015 11:10 PM #5
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
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Thanks for sharing this!  I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing, successful rest of the week!

Jan 20, 2015 11:56 PM #6
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
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Roy Kelley

I just had a loan from a listing where the bankruptcy was ok and only a few years old. A medical bankruptcy

Jan 21, 2015 11:02 AM #7
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