Getting approved for a mortgage after a foreclosure is easy. Finding
reasonable rates on a home loan is harder with poor credit. However, by
searching lenders, improving your credit, and negotiating your terms,
you can buy a home even with an adverse credit score. These tips will
help you find that perfect home loan.
Searching For A Sub Prime Lender
Sub prime lenders offer financing to those with bad credit, usually
with credit scores less than 650. However, traditional lenders also offer
sub prime lending. Even though indexes determine lending rates, each
company will have their own formula for determining fees and rates.
To ensure that you get the best deal possible, it is important to be a
savvy shopper. Dont accept claims without see real numbers for a
potential loan. Start with a mortgage broker who provides quotes from
several lenders. Then spread out your search to include loan estimates from
individual lender sites.
Usually these loan quotes can be determined without accessing your
credit report and hurting your score. But it is important to provide
realistic data regarding your credit to get a reliable answer.
Improving Your Credit
Before you apply for a sub prime loan, make sure that your credit is as
good as it can be. Check your credit report to be sure it is accurate.
You can also include a letter explaining the situation of your
foreclosure, which may sway the lenders opinion of you application.
Time will also improve your credit score. Credit scores range from A to
E, with several divisions in between. A year after a foreclosure, you
can get in the 500 range with your credit score and cut your rates by
two points or more. Two years can see you with 600+ credit score and near
Negotiating Terms For More Options
Home loan terms can be negotiated to improve your financing offer. If
your goal is a lower rate, you can offer to pay a point or more at
closing. Lower or no closing costs can be secured with a higher rate. You
can also eliminate fees, such as early payment fees that would hinder you
refinancing, by paying a point at closing.
You have several financing options available to you. Pick the one that
works best for you.
Carrie Reeder is the owner of ABC Loan Guide, an informational website about
various types of loans.
View her recommended lenders for
home loans for people with bad credit.