In addition to getting the judgement cleared up, you may also want to work with your mortgage professional to make some other changes that could help you get a better rate on your mortgage. For example, it may help you get a better rate if a credit card is paid down or paid off. Talk with your mortgage professional, and get the facts as to how it pertains directly to your situation. Everyone's credit report is different, and things can/should be done on an individual basis.
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Even if you get it removed, there is a section on the loan application that asks if you have any outstanding judgments against you. You must answer yes. Answering no would be mortgage fraud.
The lender will likely find out anyway.
If the judgment is already paid, then it will affect your scores a little bit.... and is only a small part of the underwriting decision. I have approved MANY loans with paid judgments.
You can also get pre-approved and pay the judgment at closing if you wish.
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However, a judgment can be paid off and the lien released. That is the most judicious action to take. Sometimes the lienholder will take less than the full judgment amount, but don't count on that.
Lenders don't like judgment liens, whether on a person or on a property. As a borrower, a lien against a person will cause the lender to ask the borrower to remove the likelihood of having to pay the lien off during the term of the loan - basically by paying it off now. Small liens may not cause a problem, unless they're against a property. Lenders won't lend when a lien is outstanding on a property, because the lienholder might foreclose. Lenders insist on getting the title clear first before placing their mortgage lien, thus making it the first lien.
Talk to your lender about the things you're worried about to see what is best to do.
Could it be from a past eviction.
Then you'll need to go to the court to pay it off and be sure to get receipt of payment.
Perhaps you can also negotiate the judgement with the person who filed it.
But be sure to pay it through the court if possible.
When you pay off the judgment, you will get a satisfaction that must be filed in the same court as the judgment was filed. If not the judgment will show up on the title report and your mortgage won't close.
You also need to have a written explanation of why you had a judgment and why it will never happen again for the underwriter. By having a judgment you have shown an unwillingness to pay your bills. You must let the underwriter know that this was a special circumstance.
Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Credit Repair Advisor
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Both the answers below are correct. You will need and want to address the judgement before moving forward with any purchase. Once it is taken care the decision will be based on your entire credit profile. I would speak with a lender so you can find out your whole picture and see where you stand. The judgement is only one aspect of your credit.
Best of luck to you.
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