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Can you buy a house with bad credit?
Let’s talk about what constitutes “bad credit” for the purposes of buying a home so you know exactly what you need to do if you’re ready to make the leap.
Buying a Home With “Bad Credit”
Typically when lenders refer to someone with bad credit, they could mean that the person has excessively high credit card debt, late payments, a bankruptcy, or a foreclosure.
The most obvious ways to improve your credit are to pay down your debt and make timely payments. As for bankruptcy and foreclosure, time is typically the cure.
What you can do is talk to a lender that specializes in helping borrowers with bad credit. Your lender can point you toward special programs that will improve your credit and show you how you can finance a home, even with a bankruptcy or foreclosure on your record.
Time Frames for Foreclosure and Bankruptcy on Your Credit Report
Before you assume that you have bad credit, order your free credit report from Annual Credit Report. Thanks to the Federal Trade Commission, everyone’s entitled to one free copy of his or her credit report every year.
A bankruptcy can stay on your credit report for up to 10 years. The farther the bankruptcy is in your past, the more favorably lenders may look at your credit profile.
If you’re using a conforming loan, you typically need to wait about 4 years after a bankruptcy or a short sale.
If you’re using an FHA loan, you must wait 2 years after foreclosure. The good news? After 2 years, you may qualify to pay as little as 3.5 percent down. If you’ve had a short sale, you’ll have to wait 3 years.
Are You Buying a Home With Bad Credit in Port Aransas?
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