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Credit Score in Nassau County : Real Estate Advice

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Thu May 12, 2016
Susan Schleger asked:
Mon Jan 18, 2016
Javier Meneses answered:
I have been doing home loans for about 12 years. Trust me, NEVER CLOSE CREDIT CARD ACCOUNTS! When you close a trade-line, you are eliminating a piece of credit history and possibly shortening the age of your credit, which does have a negative impact on your credit scores. Whoever you decide to use for your mortgage, should be someone who can give you solid advice on your credit and what you can or should do or not do. It is a common mistake that home-buyers make, they pay of their credit card balances which is good, but then they close the accounts all together not realizing the harm it does to their credit.

If there is anything I can be of service with, I am super easy to get in touch with. Good luck!

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Javier Meneses
Senior Loan Officer
98 Cuttermill Road
Great Neck, NY 11021
(516) 606-9648 cell
(516) 708-2351 office
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Sun Nov 29, 2015
Malgorzata Ringston answered:
Very often landlords will request your credit score to be good. Its shows your landlord that you are very responsible person and you do pay your bills on time. Of course your high income is to the landlord "the icing on the cake, perfect tenant.
Best Regards
Malgorzata Ringston
Exit Links Realty
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Fri Dec 13, 2013
Randall Yates answered:
580 for FHA or VA in California I know a few lenders I can refer you to if you want to see where you stand before paying off debt that may or may not be necessary.
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Fri Oct 15, 2010
hi smallhouse, you have received some good information, some not so good. The first thing I would address is the credit and your scores to see if there are any ways to get your scores higher. In general, higher scores equate to better rates until you are over 740 scores. We at Home Savings of America offer credit repair and rapid rescoring with no charge to our borrowers! In some cases, we have improved a borrower's scores by over 100 points!

The next aspect of your loan application to address is what type of downpayment can you afford? If you are able to put down 20%, in most cases, Fannie and Freddie products are best. Almost without exception, lenders across the US require 740 for the best Fannie or Freddie rates. However, especially if you are putting down 10% or less, FHA is the only game in town, and most FHA lenders require only a 660 score for their best rates, although some lenders do offer discounts for higher scores.

Next, should you both be on the loan? Well, if you get you and your husband's scores over 740, and you can put down the 20%, sure. Other than that, an analysis of your incomes vs credit scores vs downpayment amount will dictate whom to include on the loan application. As you can tell, FHA is more forgiving AND requires a much lower credit score...that might be your fall back. In any case, you both may be on the title of the home without adversely affecting your loan application or rate!

Get in contact with a great lender and go over your options based on today's scores, and discuss credit rescoring based on what the lender thinks if your scores can be increased significantly. Many times, paying a lower downpayment and using the extra money to pay off other debt is smarter than putting more down on the home.

These days, rather than choosing a local mortgage broker, working with a national bank that offers products from twenty other major lenders in the US gives you a much broader choice in products and rates. Add to that the ability to raise your credit scores, many times within 72 hours, you allow your husband and yourself the most options to choose from.

Best wishes and good luck in your home search! Jim Ryan, Home Savings of America. 703 591 5626 ext 419.
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