If I've Had a Bankruptcy in Recent Years, Can I Get a FHA Loan?
Yes, generally a bankruptcy won’t preclude a borrower from obtaining an FHA Loan. Ideally, a borrower should have re-established their credit with a minimum of two credit accounts such as a car loan, or credit card. Then wait three years since the discharge of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, or have a minimum of one year of repayment for a Chapter 13 (the borrower must seek the permission of the courts). Also, the borrower should not have any credit issues like late payments, collections, or credit charge-offs since the bankruptcy. Special exceptions can be made if a borrower has suffered through extenuating circumstances like surviving a serious medical condition and had to declare bankruptcy because the high medical bills couldn't be paid.