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Karen Hicks, Renter in Carson, CA

My husband and I make good money but are credit is not the best we are interest in leasing to buy in carson only reason.

Asked by Karen Hicks, Carson, CA Fri Nov 12, 2010

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Hello Karen,

This may not be a good time to lease with an option to buy. Property values are still declining and you may not want to commit to a certain price now because when it is time to exercise the option, prices may be even lower. Even though you may have some credit issues, you may still qualify for a FHA loan. The FHA lending criteria is not as challenging as applying for a conventional loan.

It is important that you get pre approved for a mortgage now while home prices are still low. You can contact me for a referral to a qualified mortgage lender. It would be my pleasure to help you.

Harold Avent, CDPE, CRS, CRB, e-PRO
REMAX Execs South Bay
Torrance, Calif.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 19, 2010
With the way real estate prices are fluctuating, mostly downward at the moment, I STRONGLY suggest you do NOT get into a "lease option to purchase". In a Lease Option you have to put up Option money that is NON-refundable and come to an agreement with the owner NOW on Price.

I suggest you speak with a mortgage lender & have them run your credit, see what your issues are now & what you need to work on in order to get your scores up high enough to buy.

An FHA loan only requires a min. 580 credit score, so you may not be as bad off as you think.
You could put in an application Here & see:
This is a link for my Wells Fargo lender.

If you determine that you can't buy right now, get into a lease & put in this clause "Tenant has First Right of Refusal should the owner wish to sell during the lease term".
Just get into a regular lease, put up your 1st mo & security deposit, without putting Option money at risk & without determining a Price for the house until you KNOW you can buy it & are then buying it at Current Market Value or less.
562-430-3053 cell
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 13, 2010

Just curious, what does our "credit is not the best" mean? Some FHA lenders will go as low as 620 on your credit score. And, if you qualify for a NACA loan, they don't put a lot of emphasis on the credit score as long as you have been paying your rent and utilities on time.

We should talk. There are some sellers who are considering lease options in Carson, however, if you can buy outright (or use City assistance to buy) you will probably get a better deal. Give me a call at 424-2HELP12 or contact me through my profile. Dare to Dream.

Shel-lee Davis, QSC®
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 12, 2010
Hi. Have you retrieved a recent credit report to ensure its' accuracy? Sometimes buyers feel that their credit is bad when it may not be so bad that they can not obtain financing. Even though there are a number of mortgage companies out there that may pre-qualify you for a mortgage, you will find that each mortgage provider has its' own criteria such as they may work primarily with "A" buyers - who have 780 credit score or "B" buyers who have a 680 credit score and above. In either case, it is always best to get your credit report and review it and correct anything that is inaccurate. Also realize that there are some homes on the market that may be seller financing available. Contact me directly at (252) 229-5998 and let's talk!
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