How Long to Heal a Credit Score?

The question concerning people who’ve had a foreclosure, short sale or bankruptcy is when they will be able to qualify for a mortgage loan.  It takes different amounts of time to heal credit scores based on the event.

The following chart is meant to be a general guide for how long a person might have to wait.  During this waiting period, it’s important that the person be current on all payments and maintains a history of good credit.

 

FHA

VA

USDA

FNMA/Freddie Mac

Jumbo

Foreclosure

3 years

2 years

3 years

7 years

7 years

Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure

3 years

2 years

3 years

2 years
<80%

4 years
81-90%

7 years
> 90%

7 years

Short Sale

3 years

2 years

3 years

2 years
<80%

7 years
81-90%

7 years
> 90%

7 years

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

2 years

2 years

3 years

4 years

7 years

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

1 year

1 year

1 year

2 years

7 years

A recommended lender can give you specific information regarding your individual situation and can make suggestions that will improve your ability to qualify for a mortgage.  We want to be your personal source of real estate information and we’re committed to helping from purchase to sale and all the years in between.

Buyer Pre-Approval

The benefits of buyer’s pre-approval are without question; it is good for the buyers, the sellers and the agents. It saves time, money and removes the uncertainty of knowing whether the buyer is qualified. The direct benefits include:

  • Amount the buyer can borrow decreases as interest rates rise
  • Looking at “Right” homes – price, size, amenities, location
  • Find the best loan – rate, term, type
  • Uncover credit issues early – time to cure possible problems
  • Bargaining power – price, terms, & timing
  • Close quicker – verifications have been made

There a big difference in sitting down with a trusted mortgage professional compared to going through calculators on a website. The cost of being pre-approved is a bargain and generally, limited to the cost of the credit report.

Even if you have been pre-approved, a suggestion that can’t hurt but may help is to get a second opinion from a different lender. It will either verify that you have a good deal or you’ll discover that you can improve it. Either way, it works to your advantage. Contact me if you’d like a recommendation.