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Purchasing a Home after Bankruptcy

Sunday, March 10, 2024   /   by Tanesha Boler

Purchasing a Home after Bankruptcy

Navigating Homeownership After Bankruptcy: A Guide to Buying a Home with a Financial Fresh Start
Introduction

Filing for bankruptcy can feel like hitting rock bottom financially, but it's important to remember that it's not the end of the road. Many people successfully rebuild their finances and even become homeowners after bankruptcy. In this guide, we'll explore the steps you can take to purchase a home after filing for bankruptcy, including the different types of bankruptcies and the waiting periods associated with each.

Understanding Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy is a legal process designed to help individuals or businesses eliminate or repay their debts under the protection of the bankruptcy court. There are several types of bankruptcy, but the most common ones for individuals are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13.

Chapter 7 bankruptcy,
also known as "liquidation bankruptcy," involves the sale of non-exempt assets to repay creditors. After the process is complete, remaining eligible debts are typically discharged, giving the filer a fresh financial start. However, Chapter 7 bankruptcy can remain on your credit report for up to 10 years.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy,
often called "reorganization bankruptcy," involves creating a repayment plan to pay off debts over three to five years. This type of bankruptcy allows individuals to keep their assets while catching up on missed payments. Chapter 13 bankruptcy typically remains on your credit report for up to seven years.

Time Frame for Buying a Home After Bankruptcy

The time frame you have to wait before buying a home after bankruptcy depends on the type of bankruptcy you filed.

1. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
After filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you may have to wait for a period of time before you can qualify for a mortgage. In general, most lenders require a waiting period of at least two years from the discharge date of the Chapter 7 bankruptcy before considering your mortgage application. During this time, it's essential to focus on rebuilding your credit by making timely payments on any remaining debts and avoiding new debts.

2. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
With Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the waiting period may be shorter. Some lenders may consider your mortgage application while you're still in the repayment plan, as long as you have made at least 12 months of timely payments and received permission from the bankruptcy court. Once you complete your repayment plan and obtain a discharge, you may be eligible for a mortgage sooner than with Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
Steps to Buying a Home After Bankruptcy

1. Rebuild Your Credit: Focus on rebuilding your credit by making timely payments on any remaining debts, such as car loans or credit cards. Consider applying for a secured credit card or a small installment loan to demonstrate responsible credit management.

2. Save for a Down Payment: Start saving for a down payment on your future home. While some loan programs may allow for lower down payments, having a larger down payment can improve your chances of qualifying for a mortgage and obtaining more favorable loan terms.

3. Monitor Your Credit Report: Regularly review your credit report to ensure that all bankruptcy-related debts are accurately reported as discharged. Dispute any inaccuracies with the credit bureaus to prevent them from negatively impacting your credit score.

4. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage: Once you've rebuilt your credit and saved for a down payment, work with a reputable lender to get pre-approved for a mortgage. Pre-approval will give you a clear understanding of how much you can afford to spend on a home and will strengthen your offer when you find the right property.

5. Shop for Homes within Your Budget: Work with a real estate agent to explore homes within your budget. Consider factors such as location, size, and amenities to find a property that meets your needs and financial goals.
Conclusion

Buying a home after filing for bankruptcy may seem daunting, but it's entirely possible with careful planning and patience. By understanding the different types of bankruptcies, and the associated waiting periods, and taking proactive steps to rebuild your credit and finances, you can achieve your dream of homeownership and embark on a fresh financial start. Remember, every journey to homeownership is unique, so don't hesitate to seek guidance from financial professionals who can help you navigate the process with confidence.  

Speaking with a qualified lender and working alongside a Realtor can help you navigate this process.  If you need a Realtor contact me so we can chat!! 623-243-3457 0r email taneshaboler@blissrealtyaz.com


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