January 24, 2022

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Buying a House

What You Need To Know About FHA Loans And Your FICO Score

FHA home loan approval depends on a number of things–your payment history on your financial obligations, your employment, and your FICO scores. Credit scores are a big worry for some home loan applicants. Do you have thin credit? Have you had poor credit habits in the past that you are trying to fix?  Remember, more consumers than you realize have had similar issues in the past–there is no shame in trying to correct your past mistakes and get back on track with your credit. Too many people feel a sense of shame about their past credit issues–and that shame can prevent people from taking constructive steps to help themselves. Did you know that you can begin repairing your own credit by making consistent on-time payments and lowering your balances on | more...

 
Buying A Home With A Lower Credit Score

Before You Apply For An FHA Mortgage

One of the biggest worries about buying a home? Having good enough credit to qualify.  Do you know what it takes to raise your credit scores? Do you know what it takes to do so without paying a third party to do things on your behalf? Improving your credit scores ahead of an FHA mortgage loan application requires time, which is why financial advisors say it’s best to start early when planning and saving for your loan. Raising your credit scores means changing some basic habits associated with your payments, and getting into new habits can be an adjustment. But that is not the reason why it takes time to repair your credit.  There are three basic issues you should be concerned with if you want to raise your score. | more...

 
Buying a House

Questions To Ask About Your Credit Report

Do you dread the idea of looking at your credit report? Some people delay looking at theirs because they are afraid of what they might see, or afraid they won’t be able to understand what they are reading in their own report. Fortunately, there are some questions you should ask about your credit report that can give you a good start in the right direction–these questions will help you better understand what’s in your report and what a lender looks for when they review yours. When you get your copy of your credit report from Experian, TransUnion, or Equifax, be sure to review the report once “cold”, and then review it again with the following questions: Credit Report Accuracy: Open Accounts? Are the accounts listed in your credit report open? | more...

 
Mortgage Loan Approval During Coronavirus

FHA Loan Minimum Credit Scores: Tips That Can Help You

Are you concerned that your FICO score isn’t high enough to meet the minimum credit scores for the lowest down payment possible on an FHA home loan? On paper, FHA loan minimums for credit scores begin at 580 or better to qualify for the lowest down payment. Your participating lender may require a higher score but in general FICO score requirements for FHA home loans may be more competitive than some conventional equivalents. There is some good credit score advice should you take ahead of your home loan–it starts with pulling your credit reports to see what’s lurking in there, then checking your credit often and monitoring it. Being told to check your credit report is obvious advice. You will find that in just about any credit repair article. But | more...

 
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FICO Score Basics First-Time Home Buyers Should Know

What does a first-time home buyer need to understand about FICO scores? If you are interested in a home loan, you need to know what FICO scores are acceptable to the lender. You also need to know how FICO score ranges are viewed by lenders in terms of general creditworthiness. What makes a good credit score or credit score range, and what makes a “bad” credit score range? Investopedia says credit scores have a range between 300 and 850. What do lenders think makes a good credit score? The specific answer will depend on the lender, but as a rule of thumb consumers can count on FICO scores between 670 and 739 as being “good”. Scores above this range in the 740s to a maximum of 850 are “excellent”. What | more...

 
Buying A Home With A Lower Credit Score

Credit Building For First-Time Home Buyers

Are you interested in buying your first home but aren’t sure how to improve or build up your credit to give yourself a better shot at home loan approval? FHA mortgages have more lenient credit approval requirements than conventional mortgages but even those applying for FHA mortgages need to ensure their credit scores are in an acceptable range for the most affordable home loan possible. In some cases it is a good idea to consider applying for smaller credit first. This may be in the form of store credit cards or similr lines of credit. But what should a new borrower know about doing so? Building credit takes time and patience–it is unrealistic to expect results in a few weeks or even a few months. If you have never applied | more...

 
Do You Know How To Dispute Your Credit Reports?

Get Your Credit Ready For A Mortgage

Do you want to buy or build a home? Before you apply for a mortgage loan there are some steps to take in the planning stages to get you closer to loan approval. Checklists can be important tools when making the preparations you need before you apply for a home loan; purchasing a home is one of the most important investments you can make; you’ll have an easier time in the process if you are organized.  You will want to start preparing this checklist long before you are ready to fill out paperwork to apply for the mortgage or to get pre-approved. This is a process that should begin, at a minimum, 12 months ahead of your application. What should you put on a credit checklist when prepping for the | more...

 
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What Can Kill An FHA Home Loan?

Those who want a home loan have to prepare for the new loan application in several ways–financially, through saving up for the down payment and closing costs, and with credit prep. That can mean working on your record of on-time payments, lowering your overall debt amounts, and avoiding new credit in the meantime. When applying for any large line of credit, there are some things that can stop your loan dead in its tracks. If you want a home loan and are worried about being approved for a home loan, add these issues to your mental not-to-do checklist and make sure you know how to avoid them. Avoid New Debt Your lender pulls your credit when you apply for your home loan–most people know that. But not as many know | more...

 
Buying a House In the Era of COVID-19

Getting Credit Approved For A Home Loan

A lot of people don’t know how to approach a home loan–what does the average borrower need to know about your lender’s credit approval for a home loan? The things you should know that will help you understand the home loan process better have a lot to do with what the lender is required to do in order to declare you a good credit risk. For some future home owners, getting to “yes” for a home loan seems like a mystery; take some of the guesswork out of the home loan process by learning a few things about what the lender is required to do with your financial information. The first thing to know about getting a home loan approved? Perfect credit is NOT to be considered for an FHA | more...

 
Do You Know How To Dispute Your Credit Reports?

Home Loan Approval And Your Credit Scores

It doesn’t matter if you want to buy a single-family home in a rural area or a condo unit in a busy metropolis; if you don’t understand your credit report or know your credit score, you aren’t ready to financially commit to a home loan. In order to buy a home, consumers have to become credit-literate. That means knowing how credit reports work, how to interpret credit scores, and how your credit report affects your ability to be approved for a loan. There are three major credit reporting agencies, Equifax, TransUnion, Experian. That is one reason why we encourage borrowers to check their credit reports as early as possible prior to applying for an FHA mortgage or any other major line of credit. You may have to dispute an error | more...