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Can You Get A Home Loan With Credit Cards In Collections

Nov 27, 2007
Getting a home loan when you have credit cards in collections is perhaps possible, but very difficult at any rate. No matter what your FICO score is, having outstanding debt that you have failed to pay prior to your home loan application will make the process very difficult. However, the higher your FICO score is, the better chance you have of getting approved for that loan, however slim that chance may be.

FICO Scores The unfortunate thing is that your FICO scores will have probably suffered because of the fact alone that you have credit cards in collections. Many people get confused about the difference between a FICO score and a credit score, when in fact they are the same thing. Your credit score, or FICO score, is based on how well you have made your payments, therefore leaving you in quite a predicament if you have your credit cards end up in collections because you have not paid the bills on them.

What Does it Mean to Have Your Credit Cards in Collections?Having your credit cards in collections basically means that you didn't pay your bills on time, therefore you have the collection agencies on your tail about payments. This also means that you cannot spend more money on your credit card. Because you have not paid your bills on time to the credit card companies, it makes applying for a home loan more difficult because the lender will see that you have not been able to handle credit, so why should you be able to handle more, especially when it's such a big thing as a home loan?

The fact that you have credit card companies or collection agencies after you about paying your bills cannot be hidden. The people you are applying for a home loan with will find out what other forms of debt you have hanging over you. Get out of debt, raise your credit score, and clean up your credit score.
Minimum FICO Score Required

The lowest credit score you could get away with and still get a home loan is around 580. However, that is to say nothing of your outstanding debt, like your credit cards that the collection agencies have seized. Any form of debt will make it more difficult to get a home loan because of the potential inability you may have to pay back the loan.

Getting a home loan is difficult in itself, because it is such a large amount of money that you must pay back. Creditors want to know that you will be able to pay back the money that you borrow in order to pay for this house that you are buying. If, in the future, you cannot, then they will almost always take your home from you. Having other debts, especially ones that are difficult to make payments on, will decrease the likelihood that you will ever be able to handle and make payments on a mortgage or other type of home loan.
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