An agent said it yesterday, and I talked to a loan rep who confirmed it.
FHA has expanded their underwriting guidelines for those who have a short sale on their record.
They already allow borrowers to come back three years after a foreclosure or short sale, but now there is an additional option.
People who have short-sold their previous home can now buy their next home immediately, rather than having to wait 2-3 years, as long as:
They have a legitimate hardship,
Have made their last 12 months of mortgage payments on time, and
They “aren’t taking advantage of the market”, meaning that they aren’t buying a much more-expensive home.
The thought of convincing the existing lender to approve a short sale when the borrower is current on payments sounds a bit daunting, but the loan rep said that they have closed several of these already!