I know several mortgage brokers who have many different loan products, FHA with a 580 and 3.5% down, under a 580 requires 10% down... We specialize in helping people with difficult loans most lenders cannot touch.. Credit issues, self employment etc. Email me or visit our site I would love to go over your situation in more detail and refer you to a lender that can help..... more
They will go by the lowest score of the two. If you got your score online, it is not accurate at all you could be at a 580 when a lender pulls it. If a lender gave you a 560 score there may be a way to improve it 20 points to get you to a 580..... more
Most lenders nationally will want you to have a FICO of 620 or higher. While there are programs available that go down to 580, I think it is in your best interest to work on your credit score and obtain the best loan possible once it has risen.
Another suggestion you may want to look into is a credit union or portfolio lender where they essentially make their own credit guidelines.
Sorry to hear about your ordeal, I too was a victim of a divorce so I feel your pain. On government loans i.e. FHA., VA, USDA, there are special concessions giving for those how are affected as a result credit late payments after a divorce. For example, I have a lady I am currently working on closing her loan. Her husband in their Final Divorce Decree was awarded their house and several credit cards. It clearly stated in her settlement agreement that he alone will retain title to the home and will be solely responsible for the debts. After the divorce was final, he was late on the mortgage and one of the credit cards which affected her credit score since she was on the loan and on the credit card account. Since the final settlement agreement neglected to mention the husband had to refinance the home or payoff those credit cards by a specific date, her credit will continually be susceptible to his payment history. Although there was noting she could do about the damage to her credit, the underwriter in he case only required evidence that property was no longer in her name and to see a copy of her final divorce decree. The same thing applies for credit card accounts, collections, and charge-offs. You can actually go online and place a consumer dispute on each line item listing that debt(s) are now the responsibility of your former spouse through divorce. So to answer your question, yes you have hope if you in the hands of an experienced loan officer. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Best of Luck!
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