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How Will My Bankruptcy Affect My Ability to Buy a House?

For most people, a house is the largest purchase they will ever make. Buying a house is more than just a large purchase, it is often an investment, and for many, buying a house is symbolic. It is a milestone in an adult's life, and for many couples, it is symbolic of their commitment to each other.

Filing for bankruptcy will not prevent you from buying a home, but it can have an impact on certain issues related to buying the home. These include whether you qualify for certain loan types and the interest rate you can lock in. If you are considering purchasing a home in the near future, discuss this with an experienced bankruptcy lawyer before you file your bankruptcy petition. A bankruptcy can be strategic, and your lawyer is best equipped to help you when he or she understands your “big picture.”

Your Lowered Credit Score Will Impact Your Chance of Qualifying for a Mortgage


I am Behind on My Mortgage Payments. How Can I Keep My Home?

Homeowners get themselves into financial trouble for a variety of reasons. Maybe you have recently lost your job or suffered a significant injury, straining your financial resources to the point that you have begun to miss mortgage payments. Depending on the gravity of your financial situation, foreclosure might seem like it is your only option.

It is not. In many cases, struggling homeowners can keep their houses by working with an experienced foreclosure defense attorney to determine how they can remain in their homes. It can be difficult and require you to make personal sacrifices, but the payoff is the ability to remain in the home where you have lived and loved.


Debt refinancing is quite elementary and often used as a financial equalizing tool. More often than not, consumers experiencing the onset of financial difficulties may turn to mortgage refinancing to ease the burden through lower interest rates, avoid foreclosure or possible bankruptcy.

Mortgage refinancing is a viable solution to rescue your financial future. As long as your new mortgage is similar in size to that of your old mortgage and your credit is still in fairly good standing, you should be able to complete application without any long-term damage to your FICO credit score.

To explore alternative options before choosing a mortgage refinance, it may be in your best interest to consult with an experienced foreclosure or bankruptcy attorney. Before scheduling your consultation, these guidelines may provide insight as to how refinancing may or may not affect your credit score or long-range financial plans.

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