Post foreclosure or short sale buyers eagerly wonder “when can I qualify for a new mortgage?” While the answer depends upon several factors, one thing remains consistent. Calculating the exact date someone is eligible for a home loan requires attention to detail.
Foreclosure and Short Sale Completion Dates
Verifying short sale and foreclosure completion dates is critical. Before knowing when a completion date was, one must know what a completion date is. Why? When not done at the front, I’d bet bottom dollars it surfaces later at a very inopportune time. When it does surface and if the borrower is not far enough past the completion date, the loan is dead. Goofing on these crucial dates is emotionally draining and expensive for a home buyer halfway down the home buying trail.
Measure Twice, Cut Once
Your credit report mostly likely shows bumps and bruises from a short sale or foreclosure. However, those serve and proof something occurred but not validation of exactly when the battle ended. For example, short sales are notoriously reported inaccurately on credit. A mortgage that was short sold will show a “last reported date”. Chances are this date is close to the short sale completion date. Rarely are the 2 dates the same.
The same ideas hold true with a foreclosure. Credit reports reveal which mortgage foreclosed. However, “last reported date” is again a very poor indicator of the actual foreclosure date. It certainly is not likely to match the date mortgage lenders consider a foreclosure completion date.
By Jeremy House