If you have less than perfect credit, you may think that it is impossible to ever own a home. However, it is feasible to obtain a mortgage loan even if your credit score is on the low side. You will of course have to make a few sacrifices, but you can still get a loan if you follow some of the simple tips below:
1. Choose a “special” loan
There are certain mortgage loans, such as VA loans or FHA loans that are designed for the sole purpose of helping Americans to achieve the goal of owning a home. Therefore, you don’t have to come up with as large of a down payment and they are not as strict when it comes to credit scores, so it is possible that even people with a not so great credit history can still score one of these loans.
To obtain one of these loans, you will have to meet certain criteria. You must either be a veteran or have a low enough income. You will also most likely have to pay a higher interest rate.
Save up so you have a bigger down payment
As a general rule of thumb, the greater the amount of money that you borrow, the higher the risk you are considered to be by the lending institution. Therefore, if you have not so perfect credit, it is ideal to save as much as you possibly can for your down payment, even if this means putting off the purchase of your home for a year or two. From the point of view of a lender, the larger the down payment, the less of a risk you are considered and are therefore more likely to get approved for your loan.
Ask for help
Depending on which state you live in, there are programs and organizations that are designed specifically to help borrowers with special needs. So even if you don’t have a big down payment or your credit isn’t up to par, you can still obtain a mortgage. To find mortgage assistance programs where you live, simply search the internet.
Although it is difficult, do not let a not so perfect credit history prevent you from owning a home. There are plenty of options out there for a loan if you are willing to put in the time and do some research.
Best of luck!
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