Buying A House With Bad Credit: A Guide To Your Home Loan Options
The thought of buying a house can be overwhelming. Starting the home buying process by buying a home with bad credit can make it seem nearly impossible to get a loan, but did you know there’s such a thing as a bad credit home loan? Your credit might not be as much of a roadblock as you think.
What Do Mortgage Lenders Consider A Bad Credit Score?
Most borrowers don’t know this, but many lenders don’t require a specific minimum credit score to buy a house. The catch-22 is that a conventional mortgage lender is free to set their own requirements when it comes to your credit score. Although government-backed loans give mortgage lenders some peace of mind, they still have credit score requirements, even if they are usually much lower.
If you have a credit score lower than 500, you might find getting a mortgage a bit hard and will probably need to focus on increasing your score first.
When it comes to the actual number, anything less than a 670 FICO® Score is considered “bad” or “subprime,” according to Experian™, one of the three main credit bureaus. More specifically, a fair score is 580 to 669, while a poor score is 300 to 579. The thing about having poor credit is that it’s not the same as someone else’s bad credit.
No two situations are the same, and outside of your actual score, lenders will also be looking at things like:
How much the borrower has available for a down payment
The borrower’s overall amount of debt
How much income the borrower earns
If the borrower has any debts in collection
Cash is your best friend when you have bad credit and the more of it you have to use toward a down payment, the better. The reason for this is that your credit score might only qualify you for a certain mortgage loan amount. If you can cover the difference with cash, you can still afford the home you want.
The lender you end up with will also play a factor because all lenders will have different requirements. While you can get a bad credit loan, you must be prepared to pay a higher monthly mortgage payment due to much higher interest rates.
Don’t forget, if you purchase a home with bad credit, you can always repair your credit and refinance your mortgage for much better loan terms later on.
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About the Author: Dennis has been working in the real estate industry in some capacity for the last 40 years. He purchased his first property when he was just 18 years old. He quickly learned about the amazing investment opportunities provided by trust deed investing and hard money loans. His desire to help others make money in real estate investing led him to specialize in alternative funding for real estate investors who may have trouble getting a traditional bank loan. Dennis is passionate about alternative funding sources and sharing his knowledge with others to help make their dreams come true. Dennis has been married to his wonderful wife for 43 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.