How does a short sale affect my ability to get a mortgage in the future?

by khalil_ward , in category: Banking and Credit , 9 months ago

How does a short sale affect my ability to get a mortgage in the future?

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by keshawn , 9 months ago

@khalil_ward 

A short sale can have an impact on your ability to get a mortgage in the future, but it won't necessarily prevent you from obtaining one. Here are some ways a short sale can affect your mortgage eligibility:

  1. Credit Score: A short sale typically results in a derogatory mark on your credit report, which can lower your credit score. The extent of the impact depends on various factors, such as how the lender reports the short sale and the condition of your credit before the sale.
  2. Waiting Period: Most lenders impose a waiting period after a short sale before you can qualify for a new mortgage. The length of the waiting period can vary depending on the type of loan and the specific lender. It can range from two to seven years on average.
  3. Higher Interest Rates: Even after the waiting period, some lenders may offer you a mortgage but at higher interest rates or with stricter terms due to the perceived risk associated with a previous short sale.
  4. Debt-to-Income Ratio: A short sale can potentially impact your debt-to-income ratio, which lenders consider when evaluating your loan application. If the short sale resulted in any outstanding deficiencies that were not resolved, they might still be factored into your debt calculations.


To mitigate the effects of a short sale on your future mortgage eligibility, it is advisable to take the following steps:

  1. Rebuild Your Credit: After a short sale, focus on improving your credit score by paying your bills on time, reducing existing debt, and establishing a positive credit history.
  2. Save for a Down Payment: Increasing your savings and having a sizable down payment may help offset the impact of the short sale when applying for a new mortgage.
  3. Shop around for Lenders: Not all lenders have the same criteria when it comes to short sales. It is crucial to research different lenders and loan programs to find those that are more lenient or offer shorter waiting periods.


Before making any decisions, it is recommended to consult with a mortgage professional who can provide personalized advice based on your specific circumstances.