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New Fannie Mae Guidelines Encourage Short Sales

December 1, 2008
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Fannie Mae recently released updated underwriting guidelines for new mortgage loans that directly address individuals with various types of foreclosure history. Potential borrowers with a foreclosure on their credit record must wait 5 years to be considered for new funding, and are subject to additional credit and down payment requirements for 5 to 7 years.

Deed-in-lieu-of-foreclosures warrant a 4 year wait with additional requirements for 4 to 7 years.

Finally, the silver lining…Short Sales require only a two year wait with no additional requirements. These new guidelines make short sales a more attractive option for homeowners as well as provide realtors with a tremendous opportunity to assist distressed homeowners with a short sale AND future home ownership.

To view the new guidelines, see the PDF here.

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