Is a borrower eligible for an FHA purchase mortgage if they sold their property, or will sell their property, that secured a mortgage that was in forbearance due to COVID-19?

A Borrower who was granted mortgage forbearance due to COVID-19 may be eligible for a new FHA-insured Mortgage provided the Borrower has made payments as agreed and the Forbearance Plan is terminated at, or prior to, closing.  If the Borrower has made less than 3 consecutive monthly housing payments since completion of a mortgage Forbearance Plan, the new FHA- insured loan must be manually underwritten following Manual Guidelines in Handbook 4000.1.

For additional information, see: 
Handbook 4000.1, Sections II.A.4.b.iii(K) and II.A.5.a.iii(C) at:

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Topic Number: KA-05607