What can I do if I have bad credit? While some people have rebounded from a foreclosure to buy another home within several years, credit problems stemming from a foreclosure can continue much longer for others. Real estate experts say you should be candid with your lender in discussing these issues. If your bankruptcy resulted from losing your job due to your employer’s financial difficulties, a lender probably will look upon your situation more favorably than if your bankruptcy was caused by overextended credit cards. Resources: *”Rebuild Your Credit: Law Form Kit,” Nolo Press, Berkeley, Calif.; 1993.