I want to buy a home, what if I have a good down payment but a low credit score?
When a lender is considering a prospective client for a loan, it goes something like this: What is the credit score? What is the credit history? How much money do they have for a down payment?
Sure, a gigantically large deposit can help to cover a spotty payment history. However, you should be prepared for the absolute worst in fees and interest throughout the life of the loan.
In short there is no way around it. Even with a good deposit, you will need a supporting credit score and accompanying history to make home ownership a reality.
This was true before the credit crisis and now in the midst of many banks collapse, a sound credit score and report is more vital than ever.
When I’m asked about low scores and high down payments, I am always curious to know whether the client has done anything to try and improve their credit score. To the uninformed consumer your credit score can be a murky area.
With minimal effort you can obtain a copy of your report and see exactly what is there. Often, costly errors are the cause of low credit scores. Having cash on hand gives you the power to negotiate and settle your old debts. When you settle your debts, negotiation that in exchange for you payment the bad credit will be removed from your report.
If you are not inclined to solve the errors your own, it might be wise to consider the help of a good credit attorney. For a surprisingly reasonable monthly fee and aggressive lawyer will tackle the problem of cleaning up your credit history and boosting your score.
Another fallacy is that it takes to long to repair your credit. Nothing could be further from the truth!
While it can take several months, to a year in the more severe cases, cleaning up a low credit score is always a smart move. Even in the worst scenarios of taking a year to turn yourself into a good credit risk you can save untold thousands in finance charges, fees and the like when you finance or borrow.
In conclusion, if you have a large deposit and a low credit score, good! Turn your situation from good to great by taking some positive action today. The money you save will be your own!