How do you Qualify for a Mortgage after Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?
Can you qualify for a mortgage after Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?
After filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, many feel homeownership is a dream that is out of their reach, but in today’s video I’ll explain how you can qualify for a mortgage after Chapter 13 bankruptcy.
In fact, with USDA, FHA, VA, or Conventional loans Chapter 13 bankruptcy can be more flexible when compared to Chapter 7. Watch the video below, as I explain the differences and qualifying advantages between each program side by side.
Chapter 7 vs Chapter 13
First, let’s review the difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy because the type of bankruptcy impacts your future mortgage qualifying process.
- Chapter 7: You ask the bankruptcy court to discharge most of the debt you owe.
- Chapter 13: You file a repayment plan with the bankruptcy court to pay back all or a portion of your debts over time.
In fact, Chapter 13 bankruptcy can be more flexible in qualifying when compared to Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
How soon can you qualify for a mortgage after a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?
Once a Chapter 13 bankruptcy has been discharged it is possible to qualify for a mortgage, but waiting periods vary depending on the mortgage type.
Additionally, because of the required repayment period under a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, underwriting guidelines are more flexible with how soon a potential buyer can qualify after discharge.
Here are the standard Chapter 13 bankruptcy qualifying guidelines.
- Conventional loans under Fannie Mae require a 2 years waiting period from the discharge date.
- USDA, FHA, and VA Loans will allow financing immediately upon completion of the Chapter 13 repayment plan, which means there is no additional waiting period after the discharge date!
USDA Underwriting Flexibility
When trying to qualify for a USDA loan after Chapter 13 bankruptcy, we have more underwriting flexibility with waiting periods after your discharge has been completed. It is even possible to qualify for a USDA loan while you are still in the Chapter 13 bankruptcy repayment plan!
It is possible to qualify for a USDA loan while still in the Chapter 13 bankruptcy repayment, provided the following conditions are met:
- You are at least 12 months into the plan; and
- There have been no late payments; and
- The borrower receives written permission from the Bankruptcy Court or Trustee to enter into a mortgage application through a motion to incur debt.
Please note, due to the short time allowed for mortgage qualifying after completion of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, more stringent manual underwriting guidelines may apply and additional review will be needed to determine eligibility.
Qualifying after Bankruptcy
We realize that qualifying after a Chapter 13 bankruptcy can be complicated, but that is where we can step in with our expertise. My team is built to walk homebuyers through the qualifying process step by step.
We are able to offer specific experience and expertise on how to qualify for a mortgage after a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Please call or email with any questions or scenarios you may have.
Call: (800)806-9836 Ext. 280
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