Southern New Hampshire Real Estate and Short Sales: Short Sellers - Ability To Buy Again Becomes Easier

Short Sellers - Ability To Buy Again Becomes Easier

Over the last several years, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA have become more open to the idea of once again providing financing for folks who have been willing to cooperate in a short sale. 

Fannie and Freddie have both indicated that, depending upon down payment and the circumstances surrounding the reason for the short sale, they will consider providing financing again in as little as two years:


Here is the Waiting Period For Financing After A Short Sale - straight from the Fannie Seller's Guide:

Waiting Period For Financing After Short Sale


Freddie Mac also indicates that they will lend two years after a short sale with extenuating circumstances.


Most folks believe that FHA requires a three year waiting period however, their guidelinesPost Short Sale Homeownership Is Possible have long allowed a former short seller to finance again in two years on an exception basis.

And now, with their "Back to Work" program, their guidelines will allow financing in only one year if the reason for default was the result of a significant loss of household income (20% for a period of 6 months or more) that was beyond the borrower's control and the borrower can demonstrate complete recovery.

With all of these programs, be prepared to document, document, document! You would also be wise to choose your lender and Loan Originator carefully.  Unfortunately, far too few loan originators really understand how to put a fully documented package together to present to the underwriter.

The bottom line is you may not be as far away from home ownership as you thought you were.

For more information on these programs and, if you'd like, suggestions for knowledgeable loan originators, you can contact me at 603-490-5344.

Comment balloon 2 commentsJoy Baker • January 20 2014 10:05PM


Joy - This is such good information to share for those who short saled their home.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) over 5 years ago

I'm glad you found it helpful, Michelle.  Thanks for stopping by!

Posted by Joy Baker, So NH RE & Short Sale Specialist (RE/MAX Insight) over 5 years ago