To begin improving your credit score, you would need to contact each of your creditors directly to see what your options are. Paying off derogatory debt will help improve your credit score in the long run, but not immediately.
With collection accounts, most of the damage is done when they are initially placed on your credit report. Some collection companies are now reporting you are late each month the debt goes unpaid. This continues to drag on many peopleâ€™s credit scores each month until the debt is paid in full. Until you do that, your credit score has little chance of improving.
In exchange for paying the collection account in full, you can try to negotiate to have them completely remove the derogatory item once the payment is received. Some collection agencies will do this, while others will not. You will just have to ask each one and see. If they will not remove it, just having it paid and closed will help in the long run.
All liens and judgments will also need to be paid in full. These impact the title position of a mortgage so they must be satisfied.
It is very important that you be VERY careful in disputing accounts. You cannot dispute accounts which you know to be accurate. For a mortgage, you cannot have an active and open account that has a disputed status. Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac/HUD all have very specific guidelines to be followed when a borrower has an account in a disputed status. In some cases, it could cause you not to be able to qualify.
To build positive credit, you typically need to have 2-3 trade lines reporting for 12-24 months. There should be no late payments or other derogatory items reported in the last 12-24 months. On your Revolving credit accounts, your outstanding balance on your monthly statement should not exceed 30% of the credit limit.... more
Hi Jimmy, Congrats on your investment or moving up! You can definitely manage the property on your own since you are local, but sometimes that is difficult based on schedule etc. The rental market is really very good. Most rentals rent best vacant and tenants want to move in within days. If you are lucky, there are those fortunate enough to look 4-6 weeks in advance hoping to already have an address before they move. Would be glad to answer any questions though, so please ask. My team (the Debbie Duo) are agents with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - Executive Partners. We not only personally manage about 20 rentals, but also help owners sell, buy, rent or property manage. The fun part of our business is also home staging, which we do on a limited basis for any of our rentals that are vacant. You get more personal attention, not only for your tenant, but also for you. I see you've advertised your house for rent at AHRN, Trulia and Craigslist. You might also want to try Zillow and Hotpads. If you are willing to pay around $20 a month per listing, you might want to also try Rentals.com. Regarding forms, you can find several free versions on-line if you conduct a Google search. The fun begins once you get an applicant. You will definitely want to perform a credit check, eviction and criminal background check, lease, security deposit in trust and perform a detailed move in inspection. If you decide you need someone to help...let the Debbie Duo work for you! (706) 495-7181... more
My suggestion would be to get yourself into a rental, live there for a few months, then if you really like the place make an offer to purchase to the owner. On a rent to own you most likely will not have your rent going towards the purchase in any substantial way. The money you will save by negotiating later will be more than made up! Rent to own or owner financing is almost always slanted towards the seller.... more