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Mortgages for People with Bad Credit

Updated on June 4, 2012

When you are in the market for a mortgage and are searching around, there are a lot of things that lenders consider. The main obstacle for people is when lenders look at their credit score also known as FICO score. People who have had a history of not paying their bills on time or ones that have had things happen to them in life that was beyond their control have the hardest times. There are a few new programs that have come about lately that may help those with bad credit wither clean up their scores and help them qualify for a loan even in these uncertain times.

The main factor that lenders look at is the FICO score, for a conventional mortgage most lenders require at least a score of six hundred and fifty. But, for those that don’t have that high of a score to qualify there are programs that will help you qualify for a mortgage loan for people with bad credit.

The best mortgage loans for bad credit are the ones that the government offers to you. The first mortgage to consider is called a FHA loan. FHA loans are loans backed by the U.S government that allows the lender to guarantee a return of their money. To qualify for a FHA loan you must have a several qualifications, first is a minimum of a 640 FICO score. You must also have steady employment or a way to provide documentation if you are self-employed. As well as have most if not all your current credit obligations paid down. They will provide you a great interest rate and a secured loan for you to get your very own home.

There are other lenders out there that do specialize in giving bad credit mortgages to people with bad credit. You must be very cautious about whom and how you do business with these companies. Not only will you save yourself a lot of headaches but, you will also save hundreds if not thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the loan. So, before signing any contract do a little research on the type of loan, you are taking along with the type of company you are doing business with so that you can be an informed consumer.

Along with saving hundreds of dollars a month, by choosing the right company you also will have the chance to improve your current credit situation. One way to do this is to pay your bills on time after at least a year of on time payment like a mortgage your credit score will go up. Secondly before and after you receive your loan make sure you go to all three major credit bureau and find out exactly what you have on your credit. This way if there are any inaccuracies you can dispute them before you even apply.

The three major credit bureau:

1. Equifax – www.equifax.com

2. Transunion – www.Transunion.com

3. Experian -- www.experian.com

So, using these tips as well as researching the company you are searching for will greatly ease your frustration for applying for a bad credit mortgage. This will greatly increase your chances of qualifying for that loan to finally own the home of your dreams. This will also save you thousands of dollars in the process what could be better than money back in your pocket? So do your research learn about the process and apply to the best companies and you will own that home you been looking for.

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