As many others have correctly answered, credit is important but there are many other factors that will also impact your ability to qualify for a mortgage. It is also correct that the first step to making a new home purchase is to prequalify with a lender. Speaking to a lender first is crucial in order to educate yourself about the mortgage process, determine what you can afford and how that will translate into a monthly mortgage payment. This will ensure you are shopping in the correct price range and obtain a mortgage that you can comfortably afford. A written Pre-Approval will also instill confidence with brokers/agents and sellers that you are a serious buyer who is "mortgage-ready" and can close fast. Knowing that you are well-qualified and prepared to close immediately will motivate realtors to work harder for you and find a home that meets all of your criteria. Your offers will be taken more seriously, you will have more leverage in negotiations and you will be able to shop the market aggressively in order to find your dream house.
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The first step in making a purchase is always to prequalify with a lender. As you are moving from NYC to Atlanta, I would recommend you reach out to a couple of real estate agents in Atlanta and ask for their best lender recommendations. Speak to a loan officer, provide all the info you have provided in your question and any other documentation they ask for. The loan officer will be able to tell you how much they are willing to lend you and therefore you will know what purchase price to be looking at. Having a low credit score does not necessarily mean that you can't get a mortgage, but it may necessitate having a higher rate, at least in the beginning. There is also the possibility of refinancing down the line when you have more of a track record.
The responses below saying that having low credit due to not having had credit lines is not as bad as if you have poor credit due to other reasons is true. However, from the perspective of a bank, lack of history also means lack of a history of prompt payments, so it still presents a risk to the bank as you are somewhat of an unknown risk.
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There is a difference between having a low credit score due to lack of credit history and a low credit score due to poor credit history. Frank answered the question best, it is wise to speak to a couple of mortgage lenders and see what types of programs they have for people with very little to no credit history. It is quite possible that a letter from your landlord stating that you have been on time with your rent over the past three years may help in your case. Hope this helps. Good luck.
I would talk to your bank and/or credit union and a mortgage lender or broker (I can recommend a few if you like). It's a good idea to talk to 2 or 3 different people to get an opinion on your situation and possible loan terms.
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