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FHA Back to Work Program for Florida Homeowners

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

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FHA Back to Work Program for Florida Homeowners! You have to read this, like it and share it. Get the word out about this FHA Back to Work Program. This FHA Back to Work Program is helping so many people get back on the path to home ownership once again in Florida.

As a result of the recent recession, many families faced a period of financial difficulty due to job loss or reduction in income. In August of 2013 the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), moved to relax its guidelines for borrowers who had experienced a significant “financial event”, such as bankruptcy, foreclosure, short sale, or a loan modification, with their Back to Work Program.

The FHA believes that some borrower’s credit history, although negatively affected by loss of income, may not truly show their credit worthiness. As a result, the FHA is now waiving their traditional waiting periods following a derogatory credit event. The former guidelines required that a borrower wait 3 years after a deed-in-lieu, foreclosure, or short sale, and 2 years after a bankruptcy, to qualify for an FHA mortgage. The new guidelines provide that if a borrower qualifies based on all other FHA requirements, the adjusted waiting periods will be only 12 months for those economic events.

The FHA Back to Work Program for Florida Homeowners program requires the following:

1.  The borrower has recovered from the financial difficulty and has 12 months of good credit history, free from derogatory credit issues.

2.  The borrower can document financial hardship, and that their credit issues were a result of a loss or reduction of income. Their household income had to have been reduced by at least 20% for a sustained period of at least 6 months and through the date of the “financial event”.

3.  The borrower must complete HUD approved housing counseling 30 days before writing a contract to purchase or officially starting the mortgage process.

Meeting the above requirements does not automatically qualify an applicant. They must still meet the Standard FHA underwriting guidelines, however, this program will allow many families to once again become homeowners sooner.

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