The secret of getting the best home loans for people with bad credit
Sep 2, 2013
Getting a home loan with a bad credit rating
Buying a home can be both exciting and stressful but, for those with past credit problems, the process may also seem intimidating.
When it comes to buying a home in Australia, having bad credit is not the end of the world.
Your future doesn't have to be defined by your bad credit.
Whether you have suffered from a bankruptcy, foreclosure or some type of financial hardship that resulted in late or missed payments, there are lenders who can provide financing for those with less-than-perfect credit.
You will likely have to produce a larger down payment and/or pay higher interest rates than someone who has good credit, but the important thing to know is that buying a home is an option for you.
Even if you have been bankrupt or just have a bad credit history, this type of product, sometimes known as a bad credit mortgage, will make it easier for you to secure your home.
Before you begin your search, you should take a few steps to help broaden your mortgage options and bolster your credit ratings:
When it comes to obtaining home loans, a healthy bottom line will help the lender to see you as being creditworthy.
It's important that you have sufficient income, along with the ability to prove steady employment for at least one year (longer is better) preceding your loan application.
Most lenders will request a copy of your tax returns for the two most recent years, along with current pay stubs.
If you have a good sized deposit for a down payment, this will also work in your favour.
Give yourself a little credit
After experiencing a credit problem, most lenders will want to see an attempt to rebuild your credit through a steady payment history with a new account.
This can be accomplished by applying for a credit card and maintaining a responsible use of the account.
Rebuild your credit over time will help to show lenders that your past credit problems are just that - in the past.
Clean up your credit report
Before applying for a home loan, make sure that you check your credit report.
In addition to correcting any inaccuracies on your credit report, it's important that you know what can help or hurt your chances of obtaining a loan.
You can start improving your credit by avoiding the temptation to apply for new credit right before submitting a mortgage application.
Pay attention to the details
It is often stated that "the devil is in the details" and with the recent developments in the downfall of the international housing market, it's easy to apply this adage to securing a bad credit mortgage.
It is vital that you pay attention to ALL of the details of your home loan, including interest rates, points, and other terms.
Do not gloss of the fine print or allow them to be simply summarised for you.
You are ultimately responsible for the repayment of the loan that you sign, not the mortgage lender.
Creative financing options
If you've exhausted all of your conventional efforts and are still turning up empty, don't give up just yet.
There may be alternative financing options suitable for your home loan needs.
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