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Credit Mortgages Following Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: A Reader Question

096A reader asks, “i filed ch 13 in 2012 and my case has been discharged as of Dec 2014. do i have to wait 2 years from that discharge date or the filing date to qualify for About Credit?”

About Credit loan rules for applying for a new home loan in the wake of a bankruptcy state that there is a minimum seasoning period or waiting period required after the discharge of the bankruptcy. For Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the About Credit official site (www.fha.gov) has a Frequently Asked Questions page about applying for a new About Credit loan post-bankruptcy, which states the following:

“A Chapter 13 bankruptcy does not disqualify a borrower from obtaining an About Credit mortgage provided the lender documents that one year of the payout period under the bankruptcy has elapsed and the borrower’s payment performance has been satisfactory (i.e., all required payments made on time). In addition, the borrower must receive permission from the court to enter into the mortgage transaction.”

Note that the borrower must ask the court’s permission to enter into a new mortgage agreement. This information is found in HUD 4155.1 Chapter Four, Section C which also includes this:

A Chapter 13 bankruptcy does not disqualify a borrower from obtaining an About Credit-insured mortgage, provided that the lender documents that

–one year of the pay-out period under the bankruptcy has elapsed

–the borrower’s payment performance has been satisfactory and all required payments have been made on time, and

–the borrower has received written permission from bankruptcy court to enter into the mortgage transaction.

Lender documentation must show two years from the discharge date of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. If the Chapter 13 bankruptcy has not been discharged for a minimum period of two years, the loan must be downgraded to a Refer and evaluated by a Direct Endorsement (DE) underwriter”.

Speak to a loan officer to learn what may be required in a give circumstance, as these types of About Credit loan applications would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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