December 6th, 2013 1:09 PM by Ron Mastrodonato
Those who lost their home due to financial hardships may get another shot at being home owners again soon. The Federal Housing Administration recently announced that they would shorten the waiting period for qualified borrowers who’ve had a bankruptcy, foreclosure, deed in lieu of foreclosure, or short sale who want to buy a home again. Under the FHA's Back-to-Work program, home owners must show that they have their finances back in order and they must receive counseling from a HUD-approved agency. Those who meet the requirements can apply to buy a property in as little as a year.
“The Back to Work program is a great opportunity for us to help those impacted by the recent housing crisis,” Heather Shanahan, a representative with a HUD-approved housing counseling agency called Springboard, told HousingWire. "Our goal in our counseling sessions is to enable the borrower to better understand their loan options and the obligations.”
Counselors provide borrowers with a customized action plan that reflects household budgets and shows borrowers how they can meet their financial obligations to prevent default again in the future.
The Back-to-Work program is also helping borrowers purchase their first homes, in some cases.Source: “Springboard helps formerly distressed borrowers get back on track,” HousingWire (Nov. 19, 2013)