Had a Short Sale - Do I now qualify for an FHA Mortgage in Santa Clara County?


A short sale is a transaction where a seller sells the property for less that what was owed. Short sale is increasingly becoming a common option to sell a house in Santa Clara County. If you went through a short sale you could have this question - Do I now qualify for a loan? FHA recently came with a guideline on this question. Below are the highlights:

You are not eligible for a new FHA mortgage if you pursued a short sale agreement on your principal residence simply to

  • Take advantage of declining market conditions, and
  • Purchase, at a reduced price, a similar or superior property within a reasonable commuting distance.

However you could be  considered eligible for a new FHA-insured mortgage if

  • You were current on their mortgage and other installment debts at the time of the short sale of your previously owned property, and
  • The proceeds from the short sale serve as payment in full.

If you were in default on your mortgage at the time of the short sale  you are not eligible for a new FHA-insured mortgage for three years from the date of the short sale. Lenders may make exceptions to this rule under certain circumstances.

This guidance is effective immediately.

Related post - FHA Loan requirements for San Jose and Bay Area

If you had a short sale and would like to find out what are your options with regard to buying a new home contact me. I will be glad to explore all options for you.

Originally posted at - San Jose Home Loans, FHA Loans and Mortgage Rates.


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Comment balloon 0 commentsShashank Shekhar • December 18 2009 12:51PM