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4 Ways to Get a Home Loan When You Have Bad Credit

David Andrew 7/24/14

When you apply for a home loan, lenders are going to take a good hard look at your credit score before making a decision.

If your credit score is not that strong, it could be difficult to qualify for a loan, as lenders might find your application too risky.

Fortunately, there are a few strategies you can use to get a home loan even if you have bad credit.

1. Show proof of steady income.

Lenders do not like seeing a bad credit score because it makes them think you will not be able to make your home loan payments.

One way to reassure them is to show proof you have steady income coming in and earn enough to pay off the mortgage. Bring copies of your pay stub to show you are making enough to make the loan payments and your bad credit score will be a bit less of a problem.

2. Explain past credit problems.

People make mistakes. Lenders understand that. However, before they will give you a home loan, they want to know you will not make the same credit mistakes again.

When you apply for a loan, be prepared to explain why you have bad credit. For example, maybe you could not make your credit payments a few years ago because you lost your job.

Let the lenders know what happened and why you will not have these issues again. This will make them much more understanding of your weak score.

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3. Make a larger down payment.

Another way to help your chances is to make a larger down payment for your purchase.

In addition, lenders will be taking a smaller risk because they are lending you less money when you pay more upfront. If you do not have this extra money now, it could be worth saving up for a few more months before you apply for a home loan.

4. Find a co-signer.

If you are still struggling to get a loan by yourself, you might need to get help from a family member or close friend. If you know someone with a better credit score, you can ask them to cosign your mortgage.

This means they are backing up your loan with their own credit score and will make your application look much stronger. If you qualify for a cosigned loan, be sure to make all the payments on time because any mistakes will hurt your co-signer’s credit score along with your own.

Do not let your bad credit score get in the way of home ownership. By using these strategies, you should be able to get the financing you need to buy your dream home.

Photo Source: www.loansniffer.net

About David Andrew
David Andrew is a former New York Life financial adviser, holding Series 6 and Certified Financial Planner credentials from his years with the company. He also holds degrees in economics and finance from McGill University. David is now a well-published finance writer with special expertise in credit cards and auto insurance. In addition to his work on BadCredit.org, his articles have been featured on eHow, Zacks.com, TheNest.com, Chron.com and other popular sites. When he's not keeping up with the latest news in the world of finance, David enjoys playing tennis and golf.
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