Ramblings of a Baltimore area Realtor: Home Buying After Bankruptcy

Home Buying After Bankruptcy

Home Buying After Bankruptcy

Many people think they'll never be able to buy a home after bankruptcy and that is no longer the case.  It does take some explaining and some planning but for most it is possible you just need to be patient and you will be able to achieve. 

There are several different chapters in bankruptcy but for most people you will only need to be concerned with Chapter 7 and Chapter 13.  You will file one or the other.  

Chapter 7 is total bankruptcy.  In this bankruptcy you liquidate everything, your property, car and all other things of value which will be sold to pay your creditors.  Sometimes your existing property is exempt and if so, you need to pay your mortgage as your lender can foreclose if you don't.  Once the bankruptcy is discharged most lenders will lend to you after two years.  If you happen to find a lender that will lend to you before that be sure you are aware of the terms and you are comfortable with them.

Chapter 13 is a reorganization of debt, it stays any foreclosure action and you enter into a repayment plan that is affordable according to your budget.  This repayment plan is can be 3 to 5 years generally.  After your bankruptcy is discharged you will be able to borrow for a new home after a year.  The only exception to this is if you are an U. S.  Veteran.  

There is a FHA Fresh Start loan available where you can be approved one year after bankruptcy but you need to prove:

  • the bankruptcy was caused by circumstances beyond your control such as debt from medical emergency or a death in the family.
  • Income was reduced by at least 20%
  • the circumstances leading to the bankruptcy are not likely to be repeated or reoccur.

None of these are insurmountable and with patience you could be on the road to home ownership at most two years after your bankruptcy.  Just be sure to pay your bills on time throughout your bankruptcy so that you can show alternative credit for utilities, rent, cell phone and any other recurring bills you may pay.

If you are thinking of buying or selling an home in  Maryland give us a call at 410-292-0100 or start your search here and we'll talk about the market conditions and what your home could possibly be worth in today's market place if you are thinking of selling. If you are considering buying a home, there is no better time than now to buy. The tax savings and wealth building alone is worth the plunge into todays market.  Remax New Beginnings and I are connected with some of the brightest and best real estate agents in the world and can assist with your move here in Maryland or anywhere in the United States or abroad.  Ask me how.

June Piper-Brandon ~ Associate Broker ~ CDPE, CIAS, ePro, MRP

Long & Foster Hampden

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June Piper Brandon - Agent with Century 21 New Millennium

June Piper Brandon - Agent with Century 21 New Millennium

Comment balloon 4 commentsJune Piper-Brandon • June 02 2018 03:06PM


Good morning June Piper-Brandon ,
There are a lot of misconceptions out there in the credit world.  Anything is surmountable with proper guidance, isn't it?   Have a great weekend.

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) about 1 year ago

Great post it is good to know there are options available after bankruptcy. Thanks for sharing I hope you have a great weekend.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) about 1 year ago

The FHA Fresh Start information is very important for many people these days especially for those that had a BK due to medical bills and high deductibles and high premiums and could not afford insurance. Thanks for sharing June Piper-Brandon .

Posted by Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell (HomeSmart Real Estate) about 1 year ago

June I have heard of the FHA Frest Start Loan. I just need to learn more about it. Thanks for sharing this valuable information.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) about 1 year ago

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