Buying A Home After A Foreclosure

Buying A Home After A Foreclosure Mortgage Guidelines

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This BLOG On Waiting Period In Buying A Home After A Foreclosure Was UPDATED On December 10th, 2018

Many homeowners have lost their homes via foreclosure due to the financial and real estate collapse of 2008.

  • A foreclosure on credit report can drop credit scores by 80 points or more
  • The sudden drop of credit scores will increase as the foreclosure ages
  • Homebuyers can qualify for a home loan after foreclosure
  • Government and Conventional Loans have mandatory waiting period requirements to qualify
  • NON-QM Loans do not have any waiting period to qualify for a mortgage but require 10% to 20% down payment
  • Potential home buyers should re-establish their credit after foreclosure
  • There are many ways of boosting credit scores
  • One such way is by getting secured credit cards
  • Other ways of re-establishing credit are getting new credit such as auto loans and installment loans
  • Buying a home after a foreclosure is possible but there are certain restrictions

In this article, we will cover and discuss Buying A Home After A Foreclosure Mortgage Guidelines.

Obtaining Home Loan After Foreclosure

How to buy a house after foreclosure

Home Buyers ready and interested in buying a home after a foreclosure must meet waiting period requirements with government and conventional loans.

Government Loans are the following:

  1. FHA Loans
  2. USDA Loans
  3. VA Loans

Waiting Periods On Government Loans After Foreclosure

There is a three year waiting period after foreclosure, deed in lieu of foreclosure, short sale to qualify for FHA and USDA Loans.

  • There is a two-year waiting period to qualify for VA Loans after foreclosure, short sale, or deed in lieu of foreclosure
  • The waiting period starts after the deed of the house into the mortgage lender’s name or the date of the sheriff’s sale
  • Loan Officers at Gustan Cho Associates Mortgage Group specialize in helping borrowers with prior bad credit and high debt to income ratio

We originate mortgage loans and can help borrowers with credit scores under 600 as well as borrowers with open collections and judgments.

Re-building Credit Is Key Buying a Home After a Foreclosure

How long are the waiting periods for government loans after exclusion

For those folks who have recently gone through a foreclosure, they should start re-establishing their credit right away.

  • One of the many requirements lenders require for borrowers who had a prior foreclosure or bankruptcy is that they do not want them to have a late payment on their credit record after a foreclosure or bankruptcy
  • Make sure to make timely monthly payments
  • Get 3 secured credit cards and use them regularly
  • Keep in mind to always have credit balances below 20%
  • Maxing out credit cards will hurt credit scores
  • Do not apply for new credit too often 
  • Credit inquiries, hard pull, will decrease credit scores
  • Try not to apply for no more than two credit items in any six month period
  • Try to get an installment or car loan

For example, consumers who need to purchase a used car for $2,000 and have the cash to buy it outright, finance part of it by putting $1,000 down and finance the other $1,000.

Mandatory Waiting Period After A Foreclosure

For those who cannot wait for the 3-year mandatory wait period in buying a home after a foreclosure, they would need to have a family member purchase it under their name and credit.

  • Many home buyers have their parents purchase the home as a second or investment home
  • They can be on the title but not on the mortgage loan

If you have any questions about buying a home after a foreclosure please contact us at 800-900-8569 or text us for faster response. Or email us at

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