Tag: credit

  • Buying a Home When You're Not a U.S. Citizen

    Buying a Home When You're Not a U.S. Citizen

    Immigrants owned 11.2% of owner-occupied homes in 2014. But what sorts of obstacles and challenges do they face that native-born buyers don't? Continue Reading

  • New Policies Could Make Mortgages Easier To Get

    New Policies Could Make Mortgages Easier To Get

    In his first public speech since taking office, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt signals that he will push for easier access to home loans. Continue Reading

  • The 5 Best States to Buy a Home -- If You're a Banker

    The 5 Best States to Buy a Home -- If You're a Banker

    Where are the "healthiest" borrowers in the nation? And what should be the easiest place in the country for residents to get a new home mortgage? Continue Reading

  • Before Co-Signing a Mortgage, Consider These 6 Possible Pitfalls

    Before Co-Signing a Mortgage, Consider These 6 Possible Pitfalls

    By Scott Sheldon Want to be 100 percent responsible for someone else's obligation? Then co-sign for them on a mortgage -- and you'll be just as responsible for repaying the obligation as they are, even though you are co-signing to simply help the other party. When you co-sign on a big-ticket item like a... Continue Reading

  • The Biggest Mortgage Mistake Consumers Make

    The Biggest Mortgage Mistake Consumers Make

    It's already hard enough to get a mortgage loan, but this makes it even more difficult: You have to prove that funds in your bank account are legit. Continue Reading

  • Can't Get a Mortgage? Here's Why

    Can't Get a Mortgage? Here's Why

    By Chris Birk Left out in the cold by a tight lending climate, prospective homebuyers are finally starting to see a thaw. Fifty-one percent of respondents to the latest Fannie Mae National Housing Survey indicated it's now likely easier to secure a mortgage. That latest burst of confidence could help keep the... Continue Reading

  • Short Sale or Foreclosure? Either Way, Your Credit Suffers

    Short Sale or Foreclosure? Either Way, Your Credit Suffers

    By Christopher Maag Five years into the housing crisis, many Americans are still saddled with homes they cannot afford. Close to 16 million people, or nearly 30 percent of borrowers, owe more on their mortgages than their homes are actually worth, according to Zillow.com, an online real estate marketplace. On... Continue Reading

  • Foreclosure Guru Takes Own Advice

    Foreclosure Guru Takes Own Advice

    When the foreclosure guru founder of Foreclosures.com fell behind in her mortgage payments and found herself to be hurtling down the road toward foreclosure, she did what any American would: She weighed her alternatives. "I am like any other person [facing] something most of America has gone through or is going... Continue Reading

  • Credit Scores for Home Buyers in 2011

    Credit Scores for Home Buyers in 2011

    Consumer lending is still tight, and your credit score will still be a major factor in 2011 if you want to get the best mortgage interest rates. Even if you don't have a top score, you may still be able to get a government-backed loan, such as an FHA, VA or USDA, at a decent rate. To get the best rate on the... Continue Reading

  • Paying Down Debt:  The Right and Wrong Ways to Do It

    Paying Down Debt: The Right and Wrong Ways to Do It

    The Federal Reserve recently announced that consumer debt dropped by 2.4 percent in the first quarter of this year, the seventh straight quarterly decline. With the amount of consumer debt shrinking, many home buyers are revisiting their credit scores, and trying to find ways to boost them. A score of 740 or... Continue Reading

  • Good Credit Alone Isn't Always Enough to Get a Mortgage

    Good Credit Alone Isn't Always Enough to Get a Mortgage

    Bills have been paid on time without ever paying a late fee. Check. No outstanding credit card debt. Check. A two-income family with investment income. Check. It sounds like this couple will pass the smell test for a mortgage without any problem. And that's a problem, says Todd Huettner, a mortgage broker based... Continue Reading

  • Escaping Foreclosure Hell: Five Important Steps

    Escaping Foreclosure Hell: Five Important Steps

    Has the bank sent notice that your home is in foreclosure and you feel like the walls are closing in on you? Before you do something drastic, take a look at the following five steps; they could very well save your home and your credit score. Step 1: Remain Calm It might seem easier to ignore the problem at hand... Continue Reading

  • Does Your Credit Score Affect Your Down Payment on a House?

    Does Your Credit Score Affect Your Down Payment on a House?

    The mortgage market is loosening up a bit, and you're hoping to become a new homeowner while interest rates remain at a historical low. Before perusing the listings, experts suggest brushing up on how your credit score drives the amount of money you'll need to pony up to qualify for a mortgage or get through... Continue Reading

  • Mortgage Planning: Fixing Credit Report Errors 101

    Mortgage Planning: Fixing Credit Report Errors 101

    Blake Allison prides himself on having excellent credit, so in an effort to preserve his 800+ score, he enrolled in a credit monitoring service. For a monthly fee, he is alerted to changes in his credit report. Through this service, Allison discovered an erroneous tax lien on his credit reports. The District of... Continue Reading

  • Mortgage fix may hurt credit score (page 2)

    Mortgage fix may hurt credit score (page 2)

    In addition, a bankruptcy may have a greater negative impact on a borrower's FICO score than a foreclosure, according to the myFICO Web site: "While a foreclosure is a single account that you default on, declaring bankruptcy has the opportunity to affect multiple accounts and therefore has potential to have a... Continue Reading

  • Six Tips for Buying a Home After a Credit Crisis

    Six Tips for Buying a Home After a Credit Crisis

    When it comes to your credit report, not all problems are created equal. Major blips like foreclosure and bankruptcy can seriously jeopardize your chances of getting a mortgage -- and even if you're approved, you could wind up with a sky-high interest rate or subprime loan. "Any public records on your credit... Continue Reading

  • Second Credit Checks for Home Buyers:  Be Prepared

    Second Credit Checks for Home Buyers: Be Prepared

    In today's real estate climate, getting a pre-approval on a loan doesn't mean you can kick back and go on a shopping spree to furnish your soon-to-be dream house. With stricter regulations mandating a further credit probe before borrowers close their mortgage, real estate experts are advising prospective home... Continue Reading

  • How a Foreclosure or Bankruptcy Affects Your Credit Score

    How a Foreclosure or Bankruptcy Affects Your Credit Score

    When Todd Huettner's clients came to him hoping to qualify for a mortgage, their credit score was in the mid-700s, the sweet spot for lenders, who are looking for borrowers who are likely to pay their bills on time. Huettner, principal at Huettner Capital in Denver, is an independent mortgage broker who has... Continue Reading

  • Selling Your House to Preserve Your Credit

    Selling Your House to Preserve Your Credit

    Tom and Susan Mundahl haven't paid on their Wells Fargo Home mortgage in three months. This is not the first time in the past 12 months that they have been 90 days or more delinquent paying on their 2-bedroom single-family home in St. Louis Park, Minn. -- a home they purchased in April 2001 for $133,450. They... Continue Reading

  • Don't Wave Your Dream Home Goodbye: Beware of These Credit Report Red Flags

    Don't Wave Your Dream Home Goodbye: Beware of These Credit Report Red Flags

    On the hunt for a new home? While your overall credit score is a good snapshot of who you are as a borrower, getting a mortgage is more than just crunching numbers a computer kicks out -- lenders will be going over your credit report with a fine-tooth comb. According to Seth Asher Rabinowitz, CEO of... Continue Reading

  • Opting for a Short Sale? Beware the Cost to Your Credit

    Opting for a Short Sale? Beware the Cost to Your Credit

    The mortgage crisis of 2008 left John Markson much like it did tens of thousands of homeowners across the country -- stuck, stressed and forced to make desperate and costly financial moves. For Markson, it hit especially hard. He is a deck-builder by trade, and when the real estate market dried up, so did the... Continue Reading

  • Credit Lessons Learned at an Early Age

    Credit Lessons Learned at an Early Age

    What did you do with your allowance when you were a kid? Blew it on the things you wanted, maybe? Not Katrina Jones. She would stash her cash, and sometimes dole out a loan or two to her brother ... with interest attached. Growing up, Jones witnessed the results of careless money handling in her family. She also... Continue Reading

  • Fast Credit Score Fixes to Get the Best Mortgage Rates

    Fast Credit Score Fixes to Get the Best Mortgage Rates

    With homes at near-bottom prices and mortgage rates at historic lows, a lot of consumers are jockeying to get into the homeowners market or to refinance their standing loan. But there's one catch: Getting approved for today's best mortgage products relies mostly on your credit score. In addition, mortgage... Continue Reading

  • How Foreclosure Affects Your Credit Score and Your Life

    How Foreclosure Affects Your Credit Score and Your Life

    Former clients of Joan Camerlengo, a Staten Island, N.Y.-based real estate broker, succumbed to foreclosure after a major institutional lender handed them a mortgage they couldn't afford. The mortgage involved 100 percent financing through a fixed-rate first mortgage, as well as a monthly adjustable second... Continue Reading

  • Mastering the Art of Managing Credit

    Mastering the Art of Managing Credit

    Call Shameka Gainey obsessive about her money, and she won't deny it a bit. She masters her accounts like a conductor of an orchestra, cueing a percentage of her salary to go to emergency funds, to retirement, to her personal weekly allowance, all so she can hear the sweet sound of financial stability.... Continue Reading

  • The Connection Between Credit Scores and Interest Rates

    The Connection Between Credit Scores and Interest Rates

    In July 2009, Catherine Calame, a 44-year-old marketing director from Bayport, NY decided it was an ideal time to refinance. Interest rates were low and she wanted to consolidate her original home loan and a home equity loan, moving them from a 30 year to a 15 year. Calame says her credit score, sitting pretty... Continue Reading

  • Raising Credit Score Reduces Mortgage Costs

    Raising Credit Score Reduces Mortgage Costs

    If you have a credit score at 620 -- generally considered the dividing line between good and bad credit -- boosting it by 20 points could save you thousands of dollars on your mortgage. And there are simple ways to do this in a short time. An analysis of about 300,000 loan requests received through Zillow.com in... Continue Reading

  • Mortgage fix may hurt credit score

    Mortgage fix may hurt credit score

    Homeowners who cannot pay the mortgage may be desperate to get rid of their obligation. There are many options available -- refinance, loan modification, short sale, deed-in-lieu of foreclosure, foreclosure or bankruptcy. Lenders report these transactions to credit bureaus. In many cases, a mortgage solution... Continue Reading

  • Passing Along Good Credit Lessons

    Passing Along Good Credit Lessons

    Stacey MacGlashan learned a fundamental rule from her father before she entered the adult world of bills and responsibilities: Don't carry credit card debt. "He drilled it into me," says MacGlashan, 39. "If I make a purchase, I make sure it's something I can pay off when I get the bill." Good job, dad.... Continue Reading

  • Caution:  That Loan Modification Can Hurt Your Credit

    Caution: That Loan Modification Can Hurt Your Credit

    A homeowner was dumbfounded to discover that his near-perfect credit score of 750 fell more than 100 points after joining a trial mortgage assistance program. And it happened despite never having fallen behind in his mortgage and even though he made the trial's payments on time. It's a dilemma facing many... Continue Reading