Chances are that you have never heard of boomerang buyers before. Boomerang buyers are former home owners who have gone through a short sale, foreclosure, or bankruptcy in the past few years and are saving up for a down payment to purchase a home again—are coming back. Of course, one of the issues these people face is repairing their damaged credit and getting their score back up to be able to qualify for a mortgage.
I recently had an opportunity to discuss this topic with one of the top real estate professionals in San Diego, David Demangos. As a tenacious and powerful Keller Williams Real Estate Agent, David’s desire is to help his clients buy and sell residential real estate. He is known as San Diego’s “go-to guy” and is extremely well networked. David connects local business people, building relationships, resulting in repeat referral business for one another. His leadership and management skills shine through.
Boomerang Buyers Are Re-Entering the Market in San Diego
David recently sold a home to a nice man who short-sold his home, built his credit back up and purchased a new home in just around twenty five months. Boomerang buyers are expected to flood markets in some of the hardest hit areas for short sales and foreclosures in the coming years. They are predicted to account for nearly one in every five home sales in the certain metro areas this year such as San Diego.
Rising rents and the desire to own again now that the economy is more stable are driving many boomerang buyers to re-enter the market. They also want to jump in before interest rates and home prices climb too much higher.
How Soon Can Boomerang Buyers Jump Back Into the Real Estate Market?
But how soon they can jump back in will depend on the type of loan they had as a previous home owner. According to my trustworthy lenders, boomerang buyers who had FHA loans may need to wait only three years if they can prove that a hardship, such as job loss or death of a wage earner, led to their foreclosure or short sale.
Borrowers have typically been required to wait five to seven years to qualify for another loan, but mortgage giants have begun to change their rules to allow home owners who underwent a foreclosure or short sale to qualify sooner. Those who underwent a short sale will likely qualify the soonest. However, not all lenders are participating, so borrowers will need to shop around. David is well equipped to refer people to lenders who can help.
Freddie Mac’s wait time is usually four years following a short sale or deed-in-lieu, and seven years after a foreclosure. Fannie Mae may require a seven-year wait for a foreclosure, but only a two-year wait following a short sale as long as the borrower can provide a 20 percent down payment.
Credit Score Implications for Boomerang Buyers
However, for all these people their credit score is going to be an issue. David and I agree that the first step anyone who wants to “boomerang” back into the market must take is to check their credit score and determine the gap, if any, between that score and a score that will qualify them for a loan.
Between David Demangos and me, Dale Guiducci of ERA Credit Services, we can help you step through the process of getting in position to be a boomerang buyer.
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