I am ready to buy a house, does recent credit matter? An open letter to credit challenged borrowers.

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Mortgage and Lending with Corridor Mortgage Group 410-960-2061 NMLS 196068

I am ready to buy a house, does recent credit matter? An open letter to credit challenged borrowers.

 

When looking at a mortgage applicant, lenders look for two things:

 

1.       The ability to repay

2.       The willingness to repay


You have the ability to repay.  You have a good income, you have even saved money for the down payment and closing costs.  Unfortunately, your recent history is still not showing the willingness to repay.  I realize that you have recently paid many of these items in full. Unfortunately, even paid in full collections affect your credit scores. 

 

PLEASE DO NOT PAY OFF OLD COLLECTIONS, you will bring old negative credit challenges that is not affecting your credit score to current negative (Yep, even if it is paid off!) credit, potentially lowering your credit score 

 

In order to continue on the path to a better credit score, you will need to:

·         Continue to pay down credit cards-goal is to be no more than 35% of available credit

·         pay all bills on time. 

·         not allow any new bills to go to collections

·         If the majority of your credit is closed or in collections it will be important to establish good credit lines-check with your credit union or bank to see if they offer a secured credit card that reports to the bureaus.  You can also check with Orchard Bank.


Credit scores are based on the following:

1.     Payment history: 35 percent of the total credit score is based on a borrower's payment history, making the repayment of past debt the most important factor in calculating credit scores.

2.    Debt amounts: 30 percent of the total credit score is based on a borrower's total outstanding debt

3.    Length of credit history: 15 percent of the total credit score is based on the length of time each account has been open and the length of time since the account's most recent action.

4.    And 5.  New credit and credit mix: Each comprise 10 percent of the total credit score. Borrowers, even those new to credit, should avoid opening too many credit lines at the same time, since such behavior could suggest they are in financial trouble and need significant access to lots ofcredit.

If you have had credit challenges in the past, with desire and work you can buy a home.  It might not be today, it might not be in a month, but you can get there.  Make a plan and stick with it!  If you need help in Maryland, call me. If you need help elsewhere, let me know, I can probably help you find a great lender wherever you are!

I am ready to buy a house, does recent credit matter? An open letter to credit challenged borrowers.

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Warm Regards,

Bridget McGee  Maryland Mortgage Mama  NMLS# 196068  Corridor Mortgage Group.   410-960-2061 EHO   bmcgee@corridormtg.com or marylandmortgagemama@gmail.com

 

If you are considering purchasing a home in Maryland and want to be sure you are mortgage ready, my brother Tony and I will be happy to help! We help to make the mortgage process a pleasure! 

If you already own your home, we are happy to provide a no-cost mortgage review to help you to determine if refinancing may be in your best interest.  Please contact me at 410-960-2061.

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Rainmaker
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Kat Palmiotti
The House Kat
Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270

Great information regarding credit scores - I wasn't aware of the % mix (payment history, debt amounts, etc), so that was very useful.

Thanks!

October 15, 2011 08:58 AM
Rainmaker
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Rob Spinosa
Marin Mortgage Broker
RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA

Great post, and can't be said enough.  Unfortunately, when it comes to credit, myths still prevail out there and many make hasty and counterproductive changes when it comes to FICO scores.  Hopefullly your post will prevent even a small bit of that.  Thank you!

October 15, 2011 09:00 AM
Rainmaker
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Kathy Sheehan
Branch Manager
Movement Mortgage 770-634-4021

I have lost count of how many times I have had this conversation with prospective home buyers.

October 15, 2011 09:15 AM
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Aaron Seekford
Arlington VA Homes 703-836-6116
Arlington Realty, Inc.

Great tips, Bridget. Credit scores can be a huge burden on new buyers--hopefully these tips help them up their preparation!

October 15, 2011 09:29 AM
Rainmaker
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Lisa Von Domek
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Good morning Bridget,

Great, important consumer information...thanks for sharing!

 

October 15, 2011 10:03 AM
Rainmaker
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Chuck Carstensen
Minnesota Real Estate Expert
RE/MAX Results

Why is the paying off of past due debts always a mixed bag where some pay and others say dont pay?

October 15, 2011 10:17 AM
Rainer
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Anthony Daniels
SF Bay Area REO Specialist
Coldwell Banker

With the housing mess and financial crisis, I'm willing to bet that FICO will need to adjust their scoring criteria by lowering the bar............quite a bit.

October 15, 2011 10:21 AM
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Ellie McIntire
CDPE, Howard County Homes for Sale
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate

Great information Bridget. The will and the want in perfect harmony.

October 15, 2011 12:39 PM
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Shay Campbell
Raleigh, NC
Universal American Mortgage Company

Bridget I could not agree with you more.  I am currently working with someone who just recently paid off old collections.  She was told to do this by another lender, who said it would help her FICO score.  It did not.  You are doing a good job educating REALTORs and borrowers.

October 15, 2011 12:47 PM
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Erica Ramus
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Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA

How old is "old?" At what point should you NOT pay something?

October 15, 2011 01:39 PM
Rainmaker
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J. Philip Faranda
Broker-Owner
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY

Balance and % of credit used is seldom on the regular guy's radar- too many people think they have good credit if they are maxed out to the gills so long as they make their payments. 

October 15, 2011 02:30 PM
Rainmaker
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Donne Knudsen
CalState Realty Services
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA

Bridget - It's so disheartening to have to explain to prospective borrowers who just paid off a bunch of old bills thinking that would help their chances in getting a loan that they have actually just made things worse.  At that point, it's simply have to wait now to get their scores back up.

On another note, paying off recent collections is a good thing.  It's amazing the number of reports I see for prospective borrowers with recent collections (less than 6mon) on them. 

October 15, 2011 02:36 PM
Rainmaker
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Kerry Lucasse
Your Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant
eXp Realty - Nest Atlanta Team
This isan excellent, easy to understand overview! I may have to share this with "certain" buyers. :)
October 15, 2011 04:11 PM
Rainmaker
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Sandy Acevedo
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale
951-290-8588

This is great information to have and gets down to the details. Nice job!               

October 15, 2011 04:53 PM
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Robert L. Brown
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Michigan
www.mrbrownsellsgr.com

These are ne brainer points but there are folks who need a friendly reminder from time to time.

October 15, 2011 08:56 PM
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Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
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Bridget, nice break down to help people understand the credit score components.  There are many people who have never even heard this informaiton before.

October 15, 2011 09:00 PM
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Nancy Timberlake
REALTOR - Southern Maine
RE/MAX By The Bay

Thanks for credit info.  Clients need to be clear about what to pay off as they can get it wrong and do further damage.

October 16, 2011 09:01 AM
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James Loftis
Real Estate 911 Inc
Real Estate 911 Inc

Hello Bridget,

  Good basic information that all of us should  know. Thanks for sharing with us.

October 16, 2011 08:54 PM
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Steven Cook
- Pierce, King, Kitsap, Thurston, Mason Counties
No Longer Processing Mortgages.

Bridget -- Thanks for helping others understand this important topic.  We usually tell people that collections over 3 years should not be worried about, until after we have fixed other things -- and over 5 years, don't touch them.  You have explained the reasoning on the situation well.

October 17, 2011 03:28 PM
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Charles Stallions
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Charles Stallions Real Estate Services

Very goo post I was tol by my first banker "the ability to repay" and " the willingness to repay" was his criteria

October 18, 2011 07:50 AM
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