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What are the guidelines for borrowers with a previous foreclosure or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure?

For case numbers assigned on or after September 14, 2015.

A Borrower is generally not eligible for a new FHA-insured mortgage if the Borrower had a foreclosure or a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure in the three-year period prior to the date of case number assignment.

This three-year period begins on the date in which title transferred from the Borrower.

If the credit report does not indicate the date of the foreclosure or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure, the lender must obtain the Settlement Statement, deed or other legal documents evidencing the date of property transfer.

If the foreclosure or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure was the result of a circumstance beyond the Borrower’s control, the lender must obtain an explanation of the circumstance and document that the circumstance was beyond the Borrower’s control.

The Lender may grant an exception to the three-year requirement if the foreclosure was the result of documented extenuating circumstances that were beyond the control of the Borrower, such as a serious illness or death of a wage earner, and the Borrower has re-established good credit since the foreclosure.

Divorce is not considered an extenuating circumstance, however, an exception may be granted where a Borrower’s mortgage was current at the time of the Borrower’s divorce, the ex-spouse received the property, and the mortgage was later foreclosed.

The inability to sell the property due to a job transfer or relocation to another area does not qualify as an extenuating circumstance.
Posted by George Coronado on June 8th, 2016 11:35 AM