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08-30-2010 11:56 AM
Just 3 years after filing our Chapter 7 BK, we're all approved, locked in and ready to close on a 4.75%, FHA loan with 3.5% down! We've learned a lot from this forum and Stephen Schneider and his Life After Bankruptcy, we've done what we were supposed to (no lates, no collections) and by next Friday we will be homeowners again, even though we're retired. God Bless the USA for I don't think it would have happened anywhere else!
08-30-2010 01:43 PM
Let me first say congrats, that is very exciting
I have never experienced BK, but I have a bunch of student loans that charged off in December, 2009 and I'm being told by everyone that it will be years before I'll qualify for a mortgage. It seems crazy that someone out of BK could qualify for a mortgage quicker than me. What exactly did you have to do after your BK to get yourself to a place where you could qualify? I haven't had anything negative at all on my credit report since Feb 2010 and my credit scores are still in the low 500s with very little improvement (got a new job in Feb 2010 after a few months of unemployment, which is what caused the charge offs).
08-30-2010 02:55 PM
depending on loan amount and fees..... 4.75% is very high
08-31-2010 03:38 AM
We had an excellent credit score before the BK, which was caused by medical problems. We also had a very long - 40+ years - history that never had one single ding. Even with the BK our score never dropped below 650. We never miss any payments (some months we might not eat a lot, but we NEVER miss a payment). Student loans are different, though. They are not even allowed to be charged off during a BK. We feel very fortunate.
08-31-2010 03:43 AM
We've lived through times when mortgage rates were 12-13%, and after filing the BK, never thought we would be homeowners again. Rates in our area are running at around 4.73 for people with 20% down and 750+ credit scores, so we feel very, very lucky to get 4.75 with only 3.5% down...and it's for a condo.
08-31-2010 09:34 AM
You will never qualify FHA with student loan defaults. You need to make arrangements to do a loan rehab. It takes 9 months to a year to complete, but it will be the best thing you do for your credit at this point.
08-31-2010 09:46 AM
Grammysue..if FHA runs about the same as USDA loans then 4.7% is too high IMO. I am at 4.25% for my USDA loan.
Also question to you mortgage guys..since rates are dropping almost daily is it possible lenders will want to lock you in as soon as possible foregoing the cost to lock in a rate? With a one time float down (which seems to be normal) wouldn't lenders want you to lock in now so your stalled once rates go even lower? Does that make sense?
09-01-2010 01:07 PM
why do you think this is high...what would you expect to get, considering the mid score (658), 3 years from C7 BK, 3.5% down?
same rate as someone with 800 scores and no bk
again.... it depends on the loan amount and fees.