Several people have reached out to me with questions regarding Fannie Mae's recent guideline changes. These changes affect borrowers that have had short sales and borrowers that had BK's with foreclosures involved.
As of August 16th, 2014 it might be harder to buy a new property after experiencing a short sale, assuming you plan on using conventional financing. The prior guideline allowed you obtain a Fannie Mae loan just two years after short selling your previous home even without extenuating circumstances as long as you had at least 20% down payment.
The new Fannie Mae guideline states:
There will be a standard four-year waiting period after short sale, with a two-year waiting period if you can prove extenuating circumstances.
*Freddie Mac has a standard four-year waiting period after short sale as well.
** FHA allows borrowers who have had short sales to get mortgages after just three years (without extenuating circumstances).
***Fannie Mae defines an extenuating circumstance as nonrecurring events that resulted in sudden/significant reductions in income, or a catastrophic increase in your financial obligations.
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P.S. SILVER LINING That same guideline change now allows borrowers that had a foreclosure included in a BK to buy after 4 years instead of waiting 7 years. Let me know if you have buyers that may be in this situation."