Financing Options

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Start A Green File

A Green File should contain all of your important financial documents. Regardless of the loan type, lenders will need information about you. Make copies of financial statements; bank accounts, investments, credit cards, auto loans, recent pay stubs and two years’ tax returns.

Check Your Credit Rating

Credit scores range between 400 and 800. 620 + is considered “good”. 680 + is considered “premium” and may possibly help get you a lower interest rate.

Below you will find the contact information for the 3 major credit reporting agencies to help you determine your credit rating. Ask your lender how to improve your credit score if you need to. Going forward, treat your credit like gold.

Equifax http://www.equifax.com (800) 685-1111
Experian http://www.experian.com (800) 392-1122
Trans Union http://www.transunion.com (800) 888-4213

Savings & Debt

If you are buying real estate, try to accumulate funds towards your down payment, closing costs (appraisal, miscellaneous fees, escrow, title insurance, etc.) and expenses such as inspections. Furthermore, try to pay down existing revolving and high interest rate debt like credit cards.

Collections & Charge-Offs

collection by definition are debts that have been passed on to a third party agency after the original account has become delinquent, meaning amounts have not been paid for 30 or more days. The third party collection agency will then attempt to recover the money owed on your original debt and either the original creditor or the collection agency may report the account to a credit bureau, resulting in the account being marked on your credit report as in “collection status.”

 

charge-off  is the declaration by a creditor (usually a credit card account) that an amount of debt is unlikely to be collected. This occurs when a consumer becomes severely delinquent on a debt. Traditionally, creditors will make this declaration at the point of six months without payment.

 

Per FHA and Conventional guidelines, these accounts DO NOT have to be paid-in-full in order to qualify for financing. This will help your client save the money they currently have in their accounts they can use towards their purchase of their home.

Toe The Line

Now is not a good time to change careers, move your money around, or buy big ticket items. Lenders like stability. So if you are considering any major changes, it pays to meet with a lender and ask them how to proceed before you make any changes! If you are tempted to buy a big ticket item, consider the following:

A $500 a month debt payment (like a credit card or auto loan) could lower the amount of home you can afford by about $83,000! *

* Based on a 30 year mortgage at 6% interest.