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How To Buy A Home After Foreclosure

Oct 9, 2007
It is not always easy, but it is possible to buy a home after you have gone through a foreclosure. Since foreclosure can greatly affect credit, it makes things difficult from the beginning. Nevertheless, the dream of owning a home again is only as far away as the commitment to planning and working toward goals. The first step in looking to buy a home after foreclosure is rebuilding credit. This takes time and a lot of patience, but lenders are more likely to consider an applicant who has worked to rebuild credit and can prove that he/she can make payments regularly and on time.

Often, the best way to rebuild credit is to take out some small loans and carry small balances on a credit card or two while making regular payments. The key is not to carry large amounts of debt, but to show that adequate effort is being made to repay what is due and to handle money wisely. This proves to creditors that defaulting on another loan is less likely and that the foreclosure was a one-time incident that is not likely to recur and that may have been caused by unforeseen circumstances rather than poor decision making.

As mentioned earlier, patience and smart money handling are key accomplishments in successfully purchasing a home after foreclosure. While creditors will take a look at the overall score, an individuals credit score and ability to take out a mortgage are most affected by recent events and patterns, which is why it is important to begin carrying some credit and making payments. But this also means that it is a wise idea to wait a few years before attempting to purchase another home so that lenders can see the patterns of on time payments and commitment to be successful begin to develop.

Learning to handle money wisely will also help a potential borrower take great strides in achieving the goal of purchasing a home. During the two to three year wait that is typically recommended for working on credit repair, it is wise to set up a budget and decide what goals can be reasonably met. Planning for the mortgage and all the financial matters that come with it can mean the difference between success and failure. Everyone has unforeseen events that come up, but being ready for them is what can change the outcome. Saving for a down payment on a home will not only help a borrower to obtain a mortgage and a lower interest rate, but can also alleviate anxiety when unexpected events occur. A person who has saved a small amount of money for such emergencies can rise above them.

Finally, when the times comes to find that mortgage, look for a lender who is sympathetic to the situation and compare by asking for quotes from several different lenders. Also, keep in mind that the bigger the down payment on the home, the greater the likelihood of obtaining a mortgage and of not having to purchase additional insurance such as Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). Using a good mortgage broker is also recommended.
About the Author
Ameen Kamadia aims to help Texas homeowners face the difficulties of foreclosure.
That's why he has created an informational site that lists all the options homeowners
have. Get an unbiased, educated opinion at http://www.foreclosure-stoppers.net
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