No down payment and bad credit is not a good combination. If you are serious about purschasing a home, you will need to immediately start saving money.
The minimum down payment will be determined by the loan program, the type of occupancy, and your qualifications as a borrower.
Only two 100% Financing programs are currently available. One of which is the VA loan program. VA financing is only available for eligible veterans. The second 100% option is USDA financing. USDA loans do have geographic restrictions to rural areas though.
For FHA and FHA 203(k) mortgages, the minimum down payment is 3.5%. That down payment can be from the borrowerâ€™s own funds or a gift from a family member.
Conventional mortgages typically require at least 3% down for a primary residence. Any conventional mortgage with less than a 20% down payment will require monthly mortgage insurance. Second homes will require at least 10% down while investment properties will require at least a 20% down payment.
Fannie Mae offers special HomePath Financing for eligible HomePath properties. It is only 3% down for primary residence.
You can expect to need earnest money of at least $1,000. An appraisal fee would be around $400-450. On top of that, a home inspection fee would probably be at least $300. This means that you would need close to $2,000 prior to closing just to get under contract and begin moving forward with a mortgage application.
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.
Rodney Mason, NMLS #151088
Sr Loan Officer
825 Juniper St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Office: (404) 591-2453
Apply Online at www.rodneymason.com
Licensed in Alabama & Georgia with over a decade of mortgage lending experience.
Prospect Mortgage offers a full selection of mortgage programs including:
Conventional | FHA | FHA 580-639 FICO | FHA 203(k) Renovation (Streamline & Consultant) | HomePathÂ® | HomePathÂ® Renovation | HomeStyleÂ® Renovation | VA | USDA | GA Dream | Jumbo Financing.