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Purchase Your First Home With Slow Credit
It used to be that if you had less-than-perfect credit you had little chance of finding a mortgage lender willing to do business with you. But times have changed and that’s good because in today’s home mortgage and mortgage refinance market it’s common to find just as many applicants with good credit as there are applicants with what’s now referred to as “slow” credit.
What is slow credit?
Charge offs, collections, foreclosures, bankruptcies, and a history of late payments are the types of issues that can trigger the “slow credit” alarm. Those who don’t have any credit history at all – good or bad – also end up in this higher risk category.
Plenty of life circumstances can cause an individual to fall on hard financial times. Divorce, medical problems and illnesses, death of a primary bread winner, and loss of employment can strike any one at any time. Even coming of age is a problem because many young adults haven’t had a chance to build up a significant credit history.
Mortgage lenders realize that times are tough for lots of otherwise good people and that’s why they’re willing to work with their applicants to find home mortgage and mortgage refinance solutions that work and more importantly, that are affordable.
What does this mean to you? Well, it means that even when such negative marks are part of your credit history, you can still obtain a home purchase or debt consolidation loan or refinance your existing mortgage. And that’s great news!
Little or no down payment?
If you’re already having trouble making ends meet, you probably don’t have much money left over to save for a down payment. But you know what? Even slow credit combined with a low loan to value ratio doesn’t have to stand in the way of qualifying for the lowest mortgage rates. You’re working hard and you deserve a break, and you deserve a new home, too. So now’s the time to locate a Florida mortgage specialist with proven experience in the slow credit market.
Do you know if you have errors or omissions on your credit reports that make you appear to be a bigger credit risk than you truly are? An experienced mortgage broker will help you make the changes that will bring about the most favorable results when it comes to recalculating your credit score. Once your credit reports accurately reflect your credit history, your mortgage broker can then shop your mortgage or mortgage refinance application around to find the lenders willing to offer the most favorable terms.
If you’ve got slow credit now, you should know that such a rating doesn’t have to last forever. In fact, the sooner you start improving your credit history, the better. There are many steps you can take including paying all your bills on time, every single month, lowering your loan balances and closing a few of your accounts.
About the Author: Melvin is the President of Affordable Home Equity Loans, Inc. in Tampa, FL.