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Mortgage Basics

What Are My Mortgage Options with Bad Credit?

Written By  Scott Buehler

Disclaimer: There are absolutely no guarantees of a mortgage loan approval with bad credit assumed in this article. Please speak with me directly to discuss your financial history to find your options, if any.

Bad credit can happen to anyone. All it takes to damage your credit score is a few missed bill payments, some maxed out credit cards or even life circumstances. From identity fraud, relationship separation or high medical bills beyond your control, I do understand the frustrations involved.

Ultimately, to begin a mortgage loan application with me as your lender, I will need you to have your middle score of all three bureaus to be at or above 580. There’s significantly more hurdles to qualify which may need more down payment, significant cash reserves and more to qualify. Interest rates on a FICO between 580-619 would likely be significantly higher as well.

With a FICO of 620 or greater, I’d recommend a FHA government secured mortgage. FHA is designed for borrowers with qualifications that don’t meet the standards of conventional loans. The downside is that FHA loans can be significantly more expensive. FHA loans can be great resources for people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to qualify.

The standard FHA mortgage program requires a minimum 96.5% loan to value on your loan, however, there are a few Utah Housing FHA loan programs that are available for various FICO credit score levels. These programs offer 100% financing when needed. Check out my Utah down payment assistance programs list or my California down payment assistance programs list depending on where you are buying.

If you have cash reserves available, the straight FHA loan program is likely your best option because the fees and mortgage payment would most likely be lower than Utah Housing.

Please send me a text to 435-590-1019. If I’m unable to find a loan program for you, I do have multiple options available for credit counseling assistance available upon request.

Scott Buehler

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Your Senior Mortgage Consultant and home loan professional for Utah and California. I've spent years perfecting the home loan process to provide you with the best mortgage experience. Whether you are buying, selling, need to consolidate or lower your rate, call Scott Buehler today at 435-590-1019. Try my Ultimate Guide to Home Purchasing or get started with my pre-qualification questionnaire.

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