I agree with Shane there is no reason to wait. I would shop around and find the Lender that you are comfortable with and has a program that you are interested in. Most lenders have similar programs but there are different programs out there with specific lenders. If you would like names of Local Chattanooga Lenders let me know and I would be happy to give you a list of names and numbers.
Entrust Mortgage with Crye-Leike will look at a credit score as low as 500 with a 10% down payment. If the score is a little higher they may approve with 5% down payment. I would be happy to refer you to someone with Entrust for prequalification. thanks... more
Julia seems to have provided the most comprehensive answer.
If you are looking for a co-signer they have to be comfortable with relying upon you to make consistent, timely payments. Likewise if you are planning on being a co-signer you may want to make certain that you are in a position to absorb any consequences such as late payment and the reduction of future mortgage credit available to you.
EEM loans are Energy Efficient Mortgage program that help homebuyers or homeowners save money on utility bills by allowing them to finance the cost of adding energy efficiency features to new or existing housing as part of their FHA insured home purchase or refinancing mortgage--Any qualified loan officer(s) can help you. Also see links.
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