After losing their homes in the foreclosure crisis, boomerang buyers are back! Since the housing bubble burst, 4.8 million borrowers have lost their homes to foreclosure, and another 2.2 million gave them up in short sales, according to Realty Trac.
How quickly someone can bounce back from a foreclosure or a short sale depends on the reasons for the past financial problems and on the person’s current credit score. A would-be borrower who had good credit history before a job loss, for instance, is more likely to qualify for a new mortgage than one who had bad credit and continues to demonstrate poor financial habits.
The FHA introduced a Back to Work loan program in 2013 to address the needs of individuals and families who lost their homes because of the housing crisis and recession. The program requires housing counseling before a new loan can be approved.
The borrowers need to be able to document the reason for the foreclosure or short sale and show that they’ve been responsible with their credit after they lost their home. A drop in credit score is okay as long as they can show they had good credit before the crisis.