If you have recently had your heart set on buying your dream home but your mortgage company could not qualify you, it’s not the end of the world. There are more options to people with bad credit than ever before. The first order of business is to find out your credit score, if you haven’t already. Talk to a credit specialist and figure out a solid plan on how to improve your credit. This will prove to the mortgage company that you are serious about restoring your credit.
The next thing to do is research. Find a couple of mortgage brokers that specialize in people with credit issues. You can find a specialist in local real estate newspapers and (free) magazines. There advertisements are usually announce the following: We can help you buy a home regardless of credit history – bad credit, no credit and foreclosures.
There are also programs such as ‘purchasing a home with the option of buying’. The homeowner or landlord will make a fair arrangement with you. You will be required to leave a down payment between the amounts of $3000 - $8000 (the higher the deposit, the less you have to pay monthly). If you pay consistently without any late payments, they will place a percentage of your monthly rent towards the purchase of the home that you will be renting. After a 12 to 24 month period, the landlord or homeowner will turn your lease into a mortgage. This will not only make you an official homeowner but it will help your credit rating. Make sure that all transactions are done in writing. Hire a lawyer to review the terms and conditions of your ‘rent with option to buy’.
If renting with the option of buying is not your cup of tea, there are other options. You can buy foreclosed homes at annual tax sales. In most states, you do not have to have good credit to purchase a home. The county or city tax office is only concerned about one thing: a cashier’s check or a money order for the full amount of the sale. The tax office could care less if you were unable to keep up with your monthly cable bill for the Showtime Movie Channel. If the tax bureau had to keep score of who has good or bad credit, they would have a difficult time selling houses.
You can find out further information on how to buy a home with bad credit on the Internet. To find out how to get a listing of yearly tax sales, contact your county or city’s tax claim office. You can also find out further information on a credit specialist on the Internet.
Connie Barker is the owner of several financial websites including those which deal with How To Buy A Home With Bad Credit