If you have a poor or bad credit history with something in your past like a bankruptcy or a foreclosure, you know how difficult it can be when you try to get financing for a home mortgage purchase, refinance, home equity or second mortgage loan. Its important to be persistant in looking because there are home mortgage loans out there for people with bad credit.
There are many articles online that will tell you to be wary of subprime lenders, those lenders who specialize in doing hard to approve loans. There are many things to be careful of with subprime lenders, who can charge interest rates that are far too high and have unreasonable pre-payment penalties. However, if you shop around and talk to many different mortgage brokers, you should be able to find a lender that can get you approved and with an interest rate and terms that are fair.
The best way to make sure you are getting the lowest interest rate and terms possible, if you are looking to get approved for a mortgage loan after a bankruptcy or foreclosure, is to apply with as many different lenders as you can. You will want to compare as many mortgage loan quotes as possible to make sure you are choosing the best one.
When you have a low credit score and are applying with sub prime lenders, the main thing you need to be careful of is to make sure that your credit report is not pulled until you have pretty much decided which lender you are going to want to work with.
Every time your credit is pulled by a mortgage lender, your credit score will drop just a tiny bit. That is why you need to be careful. Sometimes even as little as a 5 point drop in your credit score can be the difference between getting approved or turned down for a mortgage loan. Most mortgage lenders, especially those that specialize in hard-to-approve home loans need a credit score of 585 ? 600 or higher in order to do 100% financing with no money down on your home loan. The bottom line is, you will need that score to be as high as possible.
Most lending institutions will not want to pull your credit report initially, until they are sure you are serious about getting approved. It costs the lender money to pull your credit, so it is in their best interest to wait until they know you are serious before they pull your credit report. So, make sure when you apply for a mortgage loan, that your credit is not being pulled with your initial application. When applying for a mortgage loan online, here are some ways to know that your credit is most likely not being pulled.
1. Did they ask you to describe your credit? If they asked you to describe your credit, that is because they are probably not going to pull your credit initially.
2. Did they ask for your social security number? If they don't have your social security number, they can't pull your credit.
3. Search their website to see if they tell you whether or not they will pull your credit report initially. It may be listed under their frequently asked questions.
To view our list of recommended lenders who do purchase financing or refinancing for people with bad credit or less than perfect credit, visit this page: Bad Credit
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Carrie Reeder is the owner of ABC Loan Guide. It is an informational loan website with informative articles and the latest finance news.