Paul Ausick 24/7 Wall Street Published 8:04 AM EDT Sep 24, 2018 The average credit score for homebuyers seeking a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 755. That rate applies to what are known as conventional, conforming loans. Those are mortgage loans for 80 percent of the value of the property for an amount of up to $453,100 nationally, but that could be higher in high-cost areas. So how can you buy a home with a credit score of less than around 650? The answer is it depends on where you want to buy, how much you want to borrow, and how likely is it that you'll make your payments after considering all your other debts. There are then three major factors that determine whether or not you can get a mortgage: your credit score, the loan-to-value (LTV) ratio, and the debt-to-income (DTI) ratio. The two federally regulated agencies that buy mortgage loans from lenders, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have eased both their LTV and DTI limits, making it easier to qualify on those two factors. … [Read more...] about Poor credit score but need a mortgage? Best, worst cities to move
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(BPT) - Buying a home is an exciting process, but for many people it can also seem out of reach. While many renters would like to buy, there are several factors that may lead potential homebuyers to believe they may not be ready. These include credit score requirements, income and debt levels, and the common myth that a 20 percent down payment is needed. Here is some good news: Qualifying for a mortgage may not be so far out of reach.While it is true that borrowers with stronger credit profiles — FICO scores of 720 and higher, low debt-to-income (DTI) ratios, and cash reserves — generally receive better mortgage terms, there are products in the market that can enable access to affordable, prudently underwritten mortgage financing.Down payment is routinely cited by prospective homebuyers as the largest hurdle to homeownership, but low down payment mortgages are widely available in today’s market. These include conventional loans with private mortgage insurance (MI) and … [Read more...] about Take a second look at your homebuying options
For those considering whether now is the moment to buy, these are disorienting times. When Kate Faulkner recently looked for a home in the city of Peterborough — a growing location for London commuters — she found comparable properties within one square mile whose prices were going up, down or were completely flat.“There are as many different markets in one city as there are across the country,” said the founder of Property Checklists, a website and advice provider. With price growth slowing in former hotspots, transaction levels stuttering and an uncertain period for Britain’s economy in prospect, the housing market has been drawing in its horns. Buy-to-let investors are hemmed in by new taxes and regulations, while owner-occupiers are reconsidering high-risk property moves as interest rates start to rise and mortgage affordability rules remain tight. This week, Bank of England governor Mark Carney delivered a stunning warning that house prices … [Read more...] about Is UK property still a good investment?
If you’re in the market for a new home, or your first home, you may want to look into an FHA loan. The popular loans are insured by the Federal Housing Administration, providing a government-backed mortgage through your local bank or credit union. The pluses are many: Interest rates are lower and fixed, and the requirements are not as stringent as a conventional loan. An FHA loan doesn’t require as high a minimum credit score to qualify as a conventional loan - 500 vs 620. The required down payment on a conventional loan runs from 5 to 20 percent, whereas, with an FHA loan, a down payment of just 3.5 percent is required for credit scores of 580 and up and 10 percent for credit scores of 500 to 579. In addition, savings, a financial family gift or a government grant can be used toward a down payment of an FHA loan. As a borrower, you must pay two mortgage insurance premiums for an FHA loan: an upfront premium of 1.75 percent of the amount of the loan, plus an … [Read more...] about Do you qualify for an FHA loan?
If you’re looking to make home improvements, pay medical expenses or finance a college education, your home can be a source of extra cash. A HELOC, or home equity line of credit, is a loan that is secured by your property, based on the equity in your home. There are a number of advantages to obtaining a HELOC, according to Bankrate. First, it’s typically easy to be approved for a HELOC if you have a lot of equity in your home. Additionally, if you’ve been thinking of taking out a second mortgage, it’s important to note that the interest rate on a HELOC may be lower, and you only pay interest on the amount you’ve borrowed on the line of credit, similar to a credit card, adds Bankrate. Unlike a conventional loan, you may keep borrowing on the unused amount, up to the maximum approved limit, as long as you keep paying down the line of credit. You may also pay less in closing costs. When a HELOC matures, you are required to pay off the balance all at … [Read more...] about What is a home equity line of credit?