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Is Mortgage Financing Possible With Bad Credit?

Aug 17, 2007
Being able to buy that new home is still an option - even if you have bad credit. Lenders are definitely getting softer on their requirements for financing mortgages for those whose credit is not perfect. Here are some things that you need to know about getting your next home financed with bad credit.

The first thing that you should know is that getting the best deals in mortgage financing is only for those who do have good credit. Still, though, there are deals available that can put you into that house.

A zero down mortgage will allow you to possibly get financing and not even have to put anything down. In fact, it may be possible to get as much as 107% of what you need, and that could even include the closing costs. Depending on your actual credit score, this type of mortgage can be obtained with a credit score as low as 580, with documentation. The way it works is to give the borrower two mortgages, a first and a second. Typically offered in an 80/20 or 75/25 arrangement, this allows you to have greater savings since that process will not require private mortgage insurance.

Another way to reduce the payment is to be able to put something down - the larger the better. Although you may want to get a mortgage as cheaply as possible, you can reduce the mortgage payments, and possibly the interest, if you can put something down to even 3 to 5% will make a difference. This will show the lenders that you are making enough to save something, and that you have some control over your spending, which is always a good thing to them.

Other deals will simply include the more traditional type of mortgages. This type of financing for people with bad credit is available even for lower credit ratings than that. Some lenders will extend a mortgage for someone with a rating of 500, and some will probably even go lower than that.

Even though you can get a mortgage on your new home, it may be more important to wait and rebuild your credit first. Although it means holding on to those dreams a little while longer, by rebuilding your credit first, you can not only get a better interest rate, but you can also get a larger mortgage, and lower payments. If you take some steps quickly, rebuild your credit to closer to where it should be, then you can get those rates you want, a nice house, and payments that you enjoy even more. Besides, this could even allow you to have some extra money to do some of those other things you want, too.

Of course, you want to be very careful about the type of mortgage you get. This means that you take the time to learn about the different mortgage types, such as fixed rate and adjustable rate, and also know the terms. Unfortunately, some lenders are looking for people with bad credit, knowing that they may be a little more desperate to get a mortgage, and may do so hastily without carefully reading the agreement, or really understanding what they are signing. Only by being careful and understanding what is involved can you be sure to avoid trouble.
About the Author
Joe Kenny writes for NationsFinance.co.uk, offering easy mortgage applications along with Rebuild.org's mortgage loans section of the site.
http://www.nationsfinance.co.uk/
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