December 1, 2020

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The Four Keys To Fixing Your Credit Before Your Home Loan

A lot of borrowers want to buy a home but worry that they have credit problems that might keep them from getting their mortgage loan approved. Any borrower worried in this way should do four important things starting about a year away from the day you want to apply for the loan. What are the four keys to credit repair ahead of your home loan? There are two items in the “Do” category and two items in the “Don’t” category you should consider doing as early as possible before you apply for best results. #1 Credit Repair Hack For Home Loan Applicants The number one credit repair hack any consumer can try begins with knowing the contents of your credit report. It’s that simple, really. And everything else you do | more...

 
Planning To Buy A Home? Credit Resources You Need

Planning A Mortgage: Credit Resources You Need

Are you planning a home loan? Are you in the budgeting and saving stages of your home loan journey? If so there are some important resources you should explore before you apply for an FHA mortgage. It’s important to give yourself enough time to plan and save for your home loan and that includes paying more attention to and working on your credit. Credit resources can be a huge help in this regard–don’t pass on the chance to improve your FICO scores, get your payment history into good shape, and prevent identity theft or other problems from stopping your mortgage loan in its tracks. The first resource you should consider is the offer made by the FHA and HUD to give free referrals to a HUD-approved housing counselor. You can | more...

 
FHA Loan Limits: Where To Find Them

Getting A Mortgage With A Low Credit Score

Lots of potential home owners want to know if it is possible to get a mortgage with a low credit score. The answer to this kind of question may surprise you, but much depends on both FHA loan rules AND participating lender standards. What do you need to know to get started looking for a home loan with a low credit score? Start Working On Your Credit Today What some borrowers don’t understand is that there are things you can do in the planning stages of your home loan journey to improve credit scores and they are steps you do not have to pay someone else to do for you. One of the first of these is to pull your credit report from the three major credit reporting agencies Equifax, | more...

 
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Will Credit Problems Affect My FHA Home Loan?

Can past credit problems become an issue when trying to get a home loan approved? Some borrowers have less trouble than others getting their mortgage application completed and approved–why is it that some seem to sail through home loan approval and others struggle? Work On Your Credit Today Some people have had past credit issues but did a very smart thing–they made sure they had a full year or more of on-time payments on all financial obligations before applying for their mortgage loan. This tactic really works, and it’s FREE. You don’t pay a third party to “fix” your credit, you take matters into your own hands and pay on time, every time. This will have the result (over time) of raising your credit score and making you a more | more...

 
FHA Home Loan Resources

Applying For Your Home Loan With Other Credit Applications Recent or Pending

Here is a variation on a common question asked about applying for an FHA home loan. “I recently applied for financing for a vehicle. Do I still qualify for an FHA mortgage?” In general, borrowers should avoid opening new lines of credit ahead of a mortgage loan application. FHA mortgages, like other home loans, require the lender to justify the loan as a good credit risk. If a borrower is opening new lines of credit at or near the time the home loan application is turned in, it may make the lender think twice about approving the mortgage. One reason for this is that entering into other types of debt while applying for a home loan may give the impression (right or wrong) that the borrower isn’t disciplined with credit | more...

 
Getting Ready For Your Home Loan

Getting Ready For Your Home Loan

Are you considering your home loan options? FHA mortgage loans have more flexible credit requirements more consumer-friendly loan options, but even with more lenient credit guidelines (compared to some conventional mortgages) there are a number of areas to consider in the preparation stages of your loan. Some are already ahead of the curve when it comes to getting financially ready for a major loan application, others are really starting from ground zero. Do you know how ready you are to fill out that mortgage loan application? Having Enough Preparation Time Is Important It does cost money to buy a home–there are plenty of up-front costs including appraisals and the home inspection, etc. Financial experts advise taking at least a full year to save, budget, and even to research the new | more...

 
Buying A Home With An FHA Loan: What's Allowed, What's Now

Buying A Home With An FHA Loan: What’s Allowed, What’s Not

FHA mortgages are great for borrowers who want a lower down payment, no early repayment penalties, and more flexible home loan approval guidelines than some conventional counterparts. But the tradeoff comes where certain kinds of property and other loan details are concerned. If you want a home as opposed to an investment, an FHA mortgage is right for you. That includes those who want to build a home from the ground up instead of buying someone else’s property. Whether you want a traditional suburban home, a mobile home, a condominium, or even a duplex or multi-family unit, there’s an FHA mortgage for those purposes. But what about those who want to buy a house they can rent out to others, or those who want a mixed-use property that can handle | more...

 
What Credit Score Is Needed For An FHA Mortgage?

What Credit Score Is Needed For An FHA Mortgage?

What is the minimum credit score required to get approved for an FHA mortgage loan? Readers ask questions about this issue all the time, sending in questions asking if it is possible to still get an FHA mortgage with a low credit score. FHA loan rules establish a minimum credit score for loan eligibility but lender standards also apply so this is a harder question to answer than you might think. What is best in these situations is to know that FHA loan rules are the baseline, the minimum. The lender’s requirements are also applicable so you will need to discuss what FICO scores qualify. In general, FHA loan rules in the FHA lender’s handbook say FHA borrowers with credit scores at 580 or higher are eligible for maximum financing | more...

 
the importance of credit for home loan approval

The Importance Of Your Credit For Home Loan Approval

Why is credit monitoring, credit repair, and credit utilization so important for the purposes of gettig a home loan approved? This is a serious question all borrowers should ask ahead of their loan application. It’s just as important to know the hows and whys of addressing your credit scores and history–and the question should be addressed long before applying for a major line of credit like a construction loan to build on your own land, or the purchase of a condo or suburban home. A participating FHA lender is required to make each loan applicant can realistically afford the home loan. For loan approval, your credit history must have patterns that indicate that you will pay on time and generally behave like a good credit risk. Approving a home loan | more...

 
FHA Loan Questions: Eligible Property Types

Credit Monitoring For First-Time Home Buyers

Modern payment gateways, online selling and re-selling, and even digital currencies such as Bitcoin make for a more complicated relationship with credit and personal security; doing business digitally exposes consumers to more risk every day and from a variety of angles. Your account can be hacked individually, it can be compromised as part of a larger “harvest” of personal data and account numbers from a target company, etc. You may have had a credit card “skimmed” by a third-party device secretly installed in a gas pump payment swiper, or you could have been “shoulder surfed” at the ATM while entering your account information. Whatever the approach taken to this sort of crime, the threat to consumers is very real. Today’s news headlines tell us there are too many ways accounts | more...