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Is Your Credit Ready For A Mortgage?

Is your credit ready for an FHA loan?

Do you worry about your ability to obtain or use credit because of coronavirus issues? You can take steps to protect your credit and work on your credit rating; you don’t have to sit idly by and wonder what’s happening with your FICO scores and credit report.

One of the first steps for many is to use credit monitoring. This is a type of service offered by third parties that allows you to see changes in your credit report including activities and scores (over a period time, not necessarily in real time) that may affect your ability to get credit in the future.

Credit monitoring is a good way to start because using such a service makes the consumer more aware of how credit works, the day-to-day factors that could affect your scores in the long run, and more.

Some people ignore their credit reports until they have a specific need, but this is not a good strategy for managing your personal finances ahead of a major loan application.

Credit monitoring may lead to a need to contact the credit reporting agencies to dispute things like erroneous information on your credit report. Identity theft is also a major issue, partly because it can take a long time to clear up.

If you experience identity theft, you will need to open an investigation into your credit report at the three major agencies. 

Information for filing disputes with these credit reporting companies includes:

What kind of problems can you unearth by using credit monitoring? There are many:

  • Wrong information placed in your credit file
  • Someone else’s information in your file
  • Outdated information
  • Evidence of Identity theft 

Remember, if you need to dispute anything in your credit report, you likely aren’t ready to apply for a major line of credit yet–it takes time to resolve such issues and you may find it difficult to get loan approval while a credit report dispute is underway, but not resolved.

You should have any such issues fully resolved before you apply for a home loan for best results.

Credit scores and credit report information are a very big part of FHA home loan approval. That said, there are other factors too–your patterns of credit use, your debt compared to your income every month, and other issues also play a role in home loan approval.

The more you know about the process and what your lender is looking for from a successful home loan applicant, the better your chances are of getting your mortgage approved.

Joe Wallace - Staff Writer

By Joe Wallace

May 5, 2020

Joe Wallace has been specializing in military and personal finance topics since 1995. His work has appeared on Air Force Television News, The Pentagon Channel, ABC and a variety of print and online publications. He is a 13-year Air Force veteran and a member of the Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association. He was Managing editor for for (8) years and is currently the Associate Editor for

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