So you have an imperfect credit rating. Apparently, you’re not alone. Many people today are struggling with their personal credit for different reasons. The dwindling economy is definitely a huge factor that contributed to the increase in the number of people with bad credit.
If you plan to apply for a mortgage loan anytime soon, then your credit rating will be closely evaluated. As long as your bad credit is in the past, you can still apply for a home loan.
What are the steps that you can do to increase your chance of getting approved?
Clean up your credit report.
Order a copy of your credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus and make sure that there are no errors or unauthorized charges in your file. Remember that consumers have the right to dispute errors so this is a great way to improve your credit rating. Also, negative remarks should be removed from your file after seven years.
Improve your credit score.
Do what you can to improve your credit score. See to it that you have no past due debts in any of your accounts. Submit your current and upcoming payments on time. Keep your credit usage minimal. As much as possible, do not let your credit card charges go beyond 20% of your limit.
Check out FHA loans.
The FHA Government Loan Program is ideal for consumers who need to acquire a home loan but with bad credit. Who are eligible for FHA loans? Generally, the borrower must prove that he/she has sufficient income to keep up with the monthly loan payments. Lenders that offer FHA loans have less stringent credit requirements and offer lower interest rates. The amount of loan available will depend on the State or location.
Do not submit multiple applications.
Don’t try your luck by submitting loan applications to different mortgage lenders. You need to understand that each time an inquiry is made in your credit file, your credit score will drop. As a result, too many inquiries made by different lenders can do more damage to your credit rating. Spend time exploring your options and comparing lenders before submitting application to a potential mortgage lender.
Prepare for down payment.
If you have less than perfect credit, then prepare to submit a higher down payment. However, even with bad credit, you should try to negotiate for a lower rate of interest or reduced monthly payment if you can submit a large down payment.