Finding A Good Mortgage With Bad Credit
The decision to buy a house is a great one, and nothing can make the outcome of that decision greater than being well informed of what to expect from the process of choosing and getting a mortgage. If credit history is an issue, prepare yourself and learn beforehand what you can do to optimize and improve it. A less than stellar credit history will not automatically exclude you from a mortgage approval. Armed with this knowledge, buying the right house will not only be possible, but it will be a pleasant experience. The first step in the process is to understand the process of mortgages. Next, decide what you need from a mortgage company, and pick one that will work well for you: not only in buying the home, but also in the long-term – the time during which you will be paying off the mortgage.
Lastly, begin planning now, and work to improve your credit history to minimize it getting in the way of an approval. Being informed will make the process of applying and being approved for a mortgage a much smoother and more pleasant process. The process of a mortgage and its approval is generally uniform, with some minor differences from company to company. The initial step requires you to fill out an application form, from which the lender will have the information to research your personal finances and confirm what you have said. You may have to provide documents regarding your finances, such as previous years’ W2 forms, any outstanding debts you have, and information on the home you hope to buy.
This information, together with any additional research, gives the lender an idea of your integrity and the probability of you paying off your mortgage. The next step would be to determine the mortgage payment. This begins with the amount you hope to borrow from the mortgager, taking into account the approximate price of the house, based on the estimate of the appraiser, as well as your own financial situation. The final decision is usually known within a month of applying. If you have been rejected, the mortgage company must, by law, inform you of the exact reason. Even if you receive a rejection, use it to learn from, try to find a solution and reapply. Last point: never let it slip your mind that in agreeing to a mortgage, you are agreeing to give up your house to the lender, who will sell it to earn the balance that you owe, in the case that you do not manage to pay off your mortgage. This is known as a foreclosure, and is certainly a situation that both the lender and you, the homeowner, want and work to avoid. Knowing how to choose an appropriate mortgage company will reduce the risk of future problems both for you and the lender. Mortgage companies, by definition, act as intermediaries between the hopeful buyer (mortgagee) and the money lenders.
A broker’s job includes matching you with the best lender for you. In addition, the type of loan best suited for you is important. You can choose between a long-term or a short-term mortgage. A long-term mortgage is paid over the course of thirty years or more, while a short-term mortgage is anything paid out in less than thirty years (usually closer to fifteen). While a shorter term means lower interest, you will likely have to pay more every month. A good mortgage broker will be able to help you figure out which term is more appropriate in your case. While the interest rate that the mortgage company offers may influence your interest in working with them, keep in mind that a low interest rate should not be the basis for choosing a mortgage lender. Ask if the company’s rates are variable with time, or fixed for the life of the loan. If you plan to live in your new house for the long-term, then don’t automatically discount the long-term, higher interest rate mortgage. Also, be sure to check the total costs of the mortgage company, because a temptingly low interest rate could be lost in high closing costs.
Last, but not least, in choosing your mortgage company, be sure you feel comfortable. If it is a huge, reputable mortgage firm, be ready to have less personalized assistance. On the other hand, a smaller firm may not be able to offer you the options of a large one, but a much more personal team or individual who will work on your mortgage throughout. As important as it is that you like the mortgage company, making sure they like you is just as important. If your past credit history is not one to be proud of, do not lose faith of being approved for a mortgage. Instead, turn your energies to optimizing the present and future of your credit history. Think about this aspect even before you find your dream house and apply for a mortgage – if you do plan ahead, it could make the difference of an approval or a rejection. The first step to improving your credit history is to pay your bills on time. In addition to this, before applying for a mortgage, pay off any small debts you have remaining. Keep your credit balances low, and close any unnecessary credit accounts (conversely, don’t open any new unnecessary accounts!).
Do keep in mind, however, that an unused account with a zero balance may help your score. Even a late start in better money management will show a lender your effort and increase your chances of a positive result. Further, be prepared that your down payment may be another condition of receiving a loan. Having enough liquid assets is important for mortgage companies. In the case that an emergency arises, having enough of your savings will be safer both for you and the lender. A mortgage is not exclusive for those who perfectly pay off their credit. For the mortals among us, there are many mortgage companies who are just as human and willing to help deserving individuals obtain a mortgage. What you can do as the potential mortgagee is know what the mortgage process consists of. In addition to the process of the mortgage, learn about the different types of mortgage lenders that exist, and identify which will be the best partner for you.