MY QUESTION: why is it that if you have good, no better then good credit you have to put more money down then somone with very bad credit..

Asked by Doris Lloyd, Orlando, FL Tue Aug 13, 2013

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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Tue Aug 13, 2013
You are comparing APPLES with ORANGES:
There are many different Banks and Lending companies out there, with different requirements and policies.
There are many PROGRAMS out there; FHA, FHA 203, USDA, VA, Conventional Homepath, HUD, etc.
There are many different details in each persons Credit Report; details that you would not have access to: You cannot compare your Credit to someone else's.
You should be comparing 2 or 3 Lenders; what each lender can do for YOU. Look at the GFE's.
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Tue Aug 13, 2013
Each file is different depends on lender specifications. No 2 families are the same when they qualify for any loan

You would to compare item by item than just a general overview. Plus understand the "back of house" how everything is processed to qualify a family for any loan

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Cesar Valenz…, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Carrollton, TX
Sat Aug 17, 2013
Hi Doris, I am a mortgage Banker and these questions come up often when working with my clients. If you are purchasing your home as a primary residence, you should qualify for programs such as FHA, VA or USDA, which require very little or no down payment. These programs are more flexible on credit. You need to talk to a lender in your area who offers these programs. If you are purchasing an investment home or a second home, a much higher down payment and higher credit scores are required.

Thank you,
The MortgageAbility.
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Susie Kay, Agent, Dallas, TX
Tue Aug 13, 2013

Talk to a few lenders and see what options they provide to you. That's the best thing to compare as everyone situations is different.

Let me know if you need a lender or two to help you.

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Dixon Wong, Agent, Dallas, TX
Tue Aug 13, 2013
Hi Doris,

There are a lot of factors on downpayment amount. Some people just simply putting more down to get a lower rate.

If you need a lender to compares rate with. Please feel free to contact me

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Kenneth "Ken…, Agent, Dallas, TX
Tue Aug 13, 2013
It all depends on your lender and mortgage company. Things have changed very big the last few years. People with poor credit can not longer or almost impossibly able to buy homes even with larger down payments.
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Ron Perry, Agent, Allen, TX
Tue Aug 13, 2013
This question should be directed to your/a lender. Everything is credit score driven and suppliers of credit have guidelines that must be adhered to. Moderate exceptions such as medical may be available but will require verifiable conditions. Recommend checking with Bank America, Wells Fargo or Chase Bank.
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Barbara Coker, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, San Antonio, TX
Tue Aug 13, 2013
The down payment is determined by many factors: loan type, credit score, and debt ratios are the most typical. Someone with lower credit might still qualify for the FHA loan, and put 3.5% down, if they meet the debt ratio requiements. If you were going conventional, or perhaps were not meeting qualifying ratios for the FHA loan, your down payment would be higher in order to meet the guidelines of that loan type. Without knowing the specifics of your situation, we can't really say much more.

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Don Groff, Agent, Austin, TX
Tue Aug 13, 2013
What you are saying is not true. If you are looking at FHA there is virtually no difference between borrowers of excellent credit or good to fair credit in what they can obtain. Now on conventional loans your credit is a much bigger factor and a borrower with fair to marginal credit would be required to put more money down as compared to a borrower with good credit and a low debt ratio.

Hope this helps you understand the process a little. The amount of down payment will vary depending on the loan program and how that program evaluates a borrowers credit and debt obligations.

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