Bad Credit and Your Mortgage

July 1st, 2021 by dayat No comments »

What is a Bad Credit Rating?

The recent collapse of the mortgage industry has changed the landscape of credit scores. What was once considered to be a high credit score, in the low 700s, is now considered to only be mediocre at best. Your credit is calculated using several different factors, which includes your payment history, the type of credit you have, the longevity of your credit accounts and possessing the right mixture of a variety of credit accounts (credit cards, mortgages, auto loans, student loans, store credit accounts, etc.). In today’s mortgage arena, lenders want to see a borrower with a credit score of at least 740 to be considered a great credit borrower. Below 740 to about 720 is considered good and anything falling below this is considered a bad credit rating.

Getting a Mortgage with Bad Credit

When you have bad credit, but a lender approves you for a mortgage, it usually comes with higher interests rate (anywhere from two and five percent higher than the interest rate for good credit borrowers). On top of this, traditional mortgages such as fixed rate mortgages may not be an option. Some lenders offer less favorable terms to bad credit borrowers, so you may wind up with an adjustable rate mortgage and a variable monthly payment.

How to Fix Bad Credit

If you have bad credit that is your fault-meaning you make late payments or do not make your payments at all-then the primary step for improving your credit score is to make all of your bill payments on time.

If your credit score is low but you’re not sure what’s causing it, or if you don’t know what your credit score is, then you need to order a copy of your credit report and credit score from each of the three credit agencies (TransUnion, Experian and Equifax). Review these reports carefully for negative items. If the negative items are not yours, then follow the dispute process instructions for each agency to remove the negative activity.

If the negative items do belong to you, then contact the creditors and collection agencies you have negative items with to see if you make payment arrangements or some other arrangements to take care of the debt. If and when the creditor agrees to an arrangement, be sure to obtain the agreement in writing. Also, be sure to stick to your end of the deal. Over time, these efforts will increase your credit score and make it easier and more affordable to obtain a mortgage.