How does bankruptcy affect my ability to get a mortgage in Alabama?

by alf.kerluke , in category: Mortgage Loans , 8 months ago

How does bankruptcy affect my ability to get a mortgage in Alabama?

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by terrance , 5 months ago

@alf.kerluke 

Filing for bankruptcy can have a significant impact on your ability to get a mortgage in Alabama. Here are some key factors to consider:

  1. Credit Score: Bankruptcy typically has a negative impact on your credit score, and a lower credit score can make it more challenging to qualify for a mortgage. Most lenders have minimum credit score requirements, and if your score doesn't meet those criteria, you may face difficulty securing a mortgage.
  2. Waiting Period: The type of bankruptcy you file determines the waiting period before you can apply for a mortgage. In Alabama, the waiting periods are as follows: Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: After a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you'll usually have to wait for at least two years before you can get an FHA loan, three years for a conventional loan, or one year for a VA loan. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: For a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you may be eligible to apply for an FHA loan after making 12 on-time bankruptcy payments and receiving court approval. Conventional loans generally require a waiting period of two years after the discharge of the bankruptcy.
  3. Lender Requirements: Each lender has its own lending criteria, and some may have stricter policies regarding bankruptcy than others. It is essential to research different lenders and their bankruptcy policies to find one that may be more flexible or willing to work with you.
  4. Down Payment and Interest Rates: Depending on your bankruptcy history, lenders may require a higher down payment or charge a higher interest rate to compensate for the perceived risk. This can make the overall cost of homeownership more challenging.


To improve your chances of obtaining a mortgage after bankruptcy, it is essential to rebuild your credit, maintain a stable income, save for a down payment, and demonstrate responsible financial behavior over time. Consulting with a mortgage professional or a housing counselor can provide valuable guidance specific to your situation.