To Buy a House You'll Need a Mortgage
Are All Loans Built the Same?
No. There are so many types of loans and mortgages out there. There is the classic conventional mortgage, which my friend Dave Ramsey describes really well. As he states, “the ideal down payment for a conventional mortgage is 10-20%, but the good news is that it’s not imperative!”
There is the FHA style mortgage, where you can have a lower credit score, but the down payment gets slightly higher as the score gets lower.
A very unconventional but effective mortgage is a bond for deed. Banks don’t like this because it’s not a loan from them. A bond for deed is a legal contract that an attorney draws up between buyer and seller. I like a bond for deed because it creates opportunities for my clients with less-than-stellar credit to buy a home! My point is, we’ve got options if you want to jump in and get a mortgage with bad credit.
Should I Wait and Repair My Credit Score?
Hitting the pause button to repair your credit score can be the right move for some clients. According to lender Tommy Manzella of Gulf Coast Bank, he states “Once I review a credit report, I can determine what the best action steps are based on how the accounts are being reported by each debtor.” Waiting, while interest rates are low, can feel like a gamble because rates could go up. However, they could also go down.
I like the idea of investing some time in repairing your credit score. The long-term benefit could significantly outweigh the short-term gain of obtaining a mortgage with bad credit.
If you are sitting in a dark room and biting your nails in fear of seeing your credit score, at least pull the report. Each year, you get a free credit report and it doesn’t harm your credit score. It will show you every single open account attached to your name. In some cases, folks have found items on theirs that didn’t even belong to them! I can’t stress enough how important it is to know what your credit history looks like. If you need moral support to look it over, call me or grab a trusted friend. Do yourself a favor and know the reality of your credit score.