HOW LONG OR HOW MANY YEARS AFTER A SHORT SALE CAN I BUY A HOME?

I have been asked several times ; What is the Short Sale Wait Time that I can buy another home?

The answer to this question varies depending on the loan program a buyer is looking at.  Most buyers who have past credit problems rely on FHA loans as their fastest track back to home ownership. This is due to FHA’s lenient credit guidelines compared to conventional loan programs.

SHORT SALE WAIT TIME – UNDERWATER
SHORT SALE WAIT TIME – UNDERWATER

The new FHA guidelines say a buyer cannot buy for 3 years if they were delinquent on their previous loan leading up to the short sale. This timeline is identical to FHA guidelines on a foreclosure.

SOMETIMES THERE IS NO SHORT SALE WAIT TIME

The guidelines do say a home buyer can buy immediately following a short sale IF they were 1. current on their mortgage; 2.  other installment debt payments at the time of their short sale; 3. if the proceeds from the short sale were accepted as a payment in full. In other words, if you were not late and the bank accepted your sale, you can buy again.

FHA Loan: Under 3 Years

Circumstances allow less than 3 years if the homeowner wasn’t late during the short sale. Or circumstances were outside the homeowner’s control.

Conventional Loan: 2 years with 20% down, 4 years with 10% down or 7 years with no restrictions.

VA Loan: 2 years as the VA states they treat foreclosures the same as bankruptcies for seasoning. Short sales aren’t bankruptcies but since the VA reviews mortgage history in the last 2-years very closely.  I don’t see VA releasing updated guidelines other than adding verbiage stating short sales are included.

3 YEARS OR MORE

USDA Loan: 3 years unless USDA’s underwriting engine (GUS) approves you sooner. Typically 2-years with re-established credit. The USDA handbook has specific guidelines for debt that is paid off for less than what is owed.  A defaulted short sale falls under. I’ve found that GUS typically approves a client after 2-years of re-established credit but sometimes sooner.

There is rumor that there are some lenders that will allow you borrow for the purchase of a home the next day after a short sale.  However, I have not found any lenders as of yet. My guess is it is possible to get a loan right away after a short sale, but the interest rate would be significantly high. – Similar to a hard money loan.

The best source to obtain the best answer depending you your particular circumstances will be a qualified Lender.

Please contact me and I will be happy to provide you with names of lenders that will be able to find you a loan.

If the Short Sale Wait Time has past, not may be the best time to find a Central Coast Home for Sale