Purchasing a home requires having money for a down payment, a solid history of paying your bills over at least the past year or two and a steady income. You’ll also need to meet the lender’s minimum credit score requirements. While higher credit scores earn more favorable loan terms, it’s still possible to buy a home with bad credit in Arizona.
Credit scores from 580 to 619: You might qualify for an FHA loan with a down payment as low as 3.5%. Or, if you are eligible, you could qualify for a VA loan — a mortgage guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Credit scores of 620 to 699: Your mortgage opportunities increase. You may qualify for a conventional loan, which isn’t backed by a government agency like the FHA or VA, with a minimum credit score of 620.
Credit scores of 700 and up Lenders are more willing to extend credit when you have a credit score from 700 to 739, and a score of 740 or higher will yield the lowest interest rates.
Knowing and improving your credit
As a potential homebuyer, it’s important to reduce debt, accumulate as much cash as possible, and review your credit history. Knowing your creditworthiness is essential in buying a home with bad credit. To find out, examine your credit report and check your credit score.
The smart home for your credit
You can find your credit report in various places, including personal finance websites like Credit Karma, the financial institution where you bank, and the government-mandated website annualcreditreport.com.
Check your reports for errors. Look for incorrect accounts or anything else that doesn’t accurately reflect your actual credit history. You can dispute mistakes or inaccuracies with the credit bureaus or the creditor reporting the information if you find errors or inaccuracies.
Clean up your credit history. For example, making on-time payments may help your credit score. And a better credit score can lift your chances of getting a more affordable home loan.
Your free credit reports won’t include your credit scores. To see scores for mortgages, you can purchase a full report from myFICO.com or Credit Karma. The most economical approach is to sign up, download the first month’s information, then cancel the service before the next billing cycle.
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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.