WI Short SalesThis week I came across a blog by Harris Real Estate University. One of the more common questions I receive from someone considering listing their home as a short sale is: “How soon could we purchase a new home?”  The blog below does a great job of summarizing that answer!  Feel free to call me if you have further questions.  I’d be happy to assist!

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Short Sale Today..Buy a Home Tomorrow | How-To Get A Loan After A Short Sale or Foreclosure

What are the absolute bare-minimum guidelines to obtain a mortgage?

….and perhaps more interesting…how to obtain a mortgage immediately after a Short Sale..read on…

By far the easiest mortgage to obtain is a FHA loan:

1) 3.5 percent down payment, based on the purchase price of the home (e.g., $7,000 on a $200,000 home), or a gift of that same amount;

2) 3 percent to 6 percent of the purchase price, on top of the down payment, for closing costs, or a credit from the seller of the same amount; and

3) 640 FICO credit score – the middle score of those generated by the three credit bureaus (some banks will lend to borrowers with middle scores lower than 640, but will require more than the minimum down payment).

Lenders will want you to document income, asset and job history documentation, current paycheck stubs, two months’ bank statements and two years of W-2 forms or tax returns, and:

  • a minimum of two years have passed since the discharge of a bankruptcy;
  • a minimum of three years have passed since a foreclosure;
  • anywhere from zero to three years have passed since a short sale, depending on the circumstances surrounding the short sale.

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