Can I Get A Mortgage After A Short Sale?

Nicole Espinosa, the Short Sale Queen.

Today, I’m going to go over life after a short sale: what a short sale looks like?, how you can move on?, and if it’s possible to even get a mortgage after going through a short sale

I’m talking to sellers and homeowners who have already gone through a short sale. Whether you were our client or you’ve experienced this elsewhere, let’s talk about what comes next.

Understanding the Short Sale Process for a Short Sale Property

Understanding the short sale process is essential, as it involves several steps and complexities. The process can impact the housing market, credit implications for homeowners, and offers advantages for sellers. A short sale property is a home that is sold for less than the amount owed on the mortgage, providing an alternative to foreclosure and potentially lessening the impact on the homeowner’s credit score. Lenders are involved, and distressed homeowners may have the option to stay in the home during the short sale process.

A short sale is often considered a better alternative to foreclosure. A real estate agent plays a vital role in assisting buyers to navigate short sales and determine the actual value of the property. The primary reason is that your credit score is mainly affected by missed payments during the process. We strive to complete the short sale as quickly as possible to help you move on, settle your debt, and restart your life. Short sales also have a notable impact on the real estate market, influencing home values and the availability of properties.

Impact on Your Credit

Once you’ve completed a short sale, the debt is settled, meaning you don’t have to pay the difference if the short sale is negotiated correctly. On your credit report, it will show as “paid,” “paid for less,” or “settled debt,” depending on how the bank reports it. After this, your credit score will begin to improve because the negative impact of missed payments will cease.

Rebuilding and Moving Forward

We advise our clients to wait at least two years before applying for a new mortgage. During this time, securing a two-year lease agreement is a good idea to help rebuild your credit. During this time, it’s crucial to focus on personal finance management to ensure you’re in a good position to qualify for a mortgage again. Consider hiring a credit repair company to expedite this process and ensure you’re in a good position to qualify for a mortgage again.

It’s essential to stay current on all your financial obligations during this rebuilding phase. If you’ve been behind on your mortgage or other payments, now is the time to show that you’re starting over and managing your finances responsibly. Make sure all your monthly payments are on time, as this will be crucial when you apply for a new mortgage. Managing monthly payments effectively during this period is vital to avoid further financial strain. Understanding and planning for the estimated monthly payment when considering new mortgage offers is also important to ensure you can manage future financial commitments.

Additionally, consider the potential impact of homeowners insurance on your financial planning. This expense, added to your monthly mortgage payment, can affect your overall budget and should be planned for accordingly.

Getting a Mortgage from a Mortgage Lender After a Short Sale

Yes, you absolutely can get a mortgage after a short sale! When applying for a new mortgage, it’s important to consider the interest rate offered by different mortgage lenders. Understanding mortgage payments and their impact on financial planning is crucial. Here are the timelines:

  • FHA Loan: You can qualify for an FHA loan after two to two and a half years of good credit behavior following your short sale.
  • Conventional Loan: It may take three to four years to qualify for a conventional loan, depending on whether it’s through a private lender or another situation. The purchase price of a home plays a significant role in obtaining a mortgage.

Keep in mind that if your down payment is less than 20%, you may be required to pay for private mortgage insurance, which will be added to your monthly mortgage payment. Rocket Mortgage is a good option to consider when comparing mortgage offers.

If you had let your house go to foreclosure, it would take seven to ten years or more to be considered for another mortgage. So, a short sale significantly shortens this timeline and allows you to rebuild and eventually qualify for various mortgage loans again.

Final Thoughts

You can rebuild your credit and get back into homeownership after a short sale. By managing your credit wisely, staying current on all payments, and understanding the timelines, you can secure a new mortgage and move on to a better financial situation.

If you have any questions about your short sale or if you have a client experiencing this process, feel free to reach out. We’re happy to be a resource. Visit our website at or check the links in the description of this video.

We also have a free class coming up where we can answer your questions live and discuss working with pre-foreclosures.

See you next time!


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