Mortgage After Bankruptcy

A bankruptcy to real estate agents is often synonymous with a  four year wait, finding a co-signer or a dead deal. At Key Mortgage, we have financing options for your buyers in as little as two years post-bankruptcy dismissal or discharge. There are limitations as to the chapter of bankruptcy, loan type, current credit and other factors.

The most common type of bankruptcy is Chapter 7 bankruptcy. This type of bankruptcy wipes away all of the debt and has a severe negative impact on credit. For a typical conventional loan, your client will need to wait at least four years after a court discharge or dismissal for a conventional loan but only two years for an FHA or VA loan. However, under certain extenuating circumstances (i.e. death of a wage earning spouse) that time for a conventional loan can be cut from four years to two.

A Chapter 13 bankruptcy is not as restrictive as Chapter 7. This type of bankruptcy reorganizes debt instead of wiping it away and requires the consumer to continue to make monthly payments through the court. A borrower can apply for a conventional mortgage two years after the discharge date (vs. four years for a chapter 7). FHA and VA are even more lenient in that they allow a borrower to apply for a mortgage loan only after 12 months of entering into a Chapter 13 repayment plan provided they have made all payments on time and the court approves taking on the new mortgage debt.

For more information about helping your client determine what options are available to them, putting them in the best possible position to buy a new home, contact your Key Mortgage loan officer.

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