Questions about an FHA mortgage?

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 in FHA Information

Question by gregwhatshisname: Has Freddie Mac started to introduce any loan modification programs for banks?
I have been unemployed for the last 60 days and my Credit Union has been telling me that Freddie Mac keeps delaying these “Webinars” that need to be held before any loan modifications can take place. The C.U. has told me for the last three weeks that they have not been told what the qualifications are in order to get a loan modification. Is this true? Do I have to wait for my credit union to have a “WEBINAR” with Freddie Mac before I can get a loan modification?

Best answer:

Answer by golferwhoworks
so far they have done nothing

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Question by ewilliam: Questions about an FHA mortgage?
My girlfriend and I are in the process of looking for our first place. We found the condo we’d love to purchase and are now looking to take the next step. The condo price has been reduced to $ 140, price 000 and we are located in Michigan.

It seems we’d be looking into a FHA loan for 30 years, dosage but I have some general questions about getting a loan based on our credit and income. Hopefully someone can give me some insight so I know what to expect.

Basically she is a 728 credit score and has always paid everything perfect. As for her income she makes around $ 40,000 per year. Myself am much lower with my credit score at a 587 and make around $ 45,000. With my credit, I have never really paid anything late, have never defaulted on anything but between three credit cards I hold with a combined limit of around $ 3500 the cards are maxed out which I know is hurting me right now. I am in a position where I can completely pay them off right now or at least pay them down almost all the way depending on what is more beneficial to my credit score. I can’t think of any other reason my score is where it’s at right now. If I do pay them off or down, will I even see much of a quick rebound in score, or enough to make any difference? I have two 30 days late on credit cards in the last 5 years showing on my credit report, and have never been late on an auto loan payment – payments ranging from $ 340-$ 650. My current highest minimum amount due on a credit card is $ 60 per month. Hopefully that helps give some background to my situation.

So all in all if someone can offer me a little help or advice I would appreciate it. Also, do they use both scores on a joint mortgage and how do they take both incomes into account?

Thanks in advance!
Thanks for the responses so far. No, I have not been pre approved yet. That’s the next step. I was referred to someone, I emailed and called today, however their email response said they are out of the office until the 29th of this month for the holiday.

Since this is all new territory for me I’m really not sure who I should take to other than the person I was referred to by the condo community.

What exactly will I need to provide in order for a pre approval? Should I be shopping around, and if so, how do I go about doing so? Sorry for the ignorance on this subject, this is all unfamiliar.

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Answer by src50
If you are both on the loan, they consider both credit scores. Pay off your credit cards and wait 60 days. That should help your credit score.

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  1. Hello Ewilliam. Definitely do not pay down your balances until you have more information and professional advice guiding you.

    Have you and your girlfriend been pre-approved for financing yet? If not, why not? Some FHA lenders allow a minimum FICO score of 580.

    If your score IS hindering you from being approved for a mortgage – talk to the lender about what you can do to improve your credit. Any broker/banker worth their salt has access to accurate credit analyzers that will tell them how much you should pay down your balances to get the score that you need. Also, they should have rapid rescoring tools that will allow the broker/banker to immediately improve your scores at the 3 major credit agencies.

    To answer your other question, yes they use the lowest middle score of all borrowers. In this case, yours. Income isn’t weighted. Your incomes both qualify normally.

    I hope that helps.

  2. FHA is for people with bad credit. YOu dont have to change a thing to get approved. You make enuf money to qualify so buy the condo..

  3. As usual, Ed Atun is WRONG. FHA is not for people with bad credit. FHA does take people with bad credit.

    Talk with a lender. They can do a rapid rescore after you pay down/off stuff.

    In regards to paying off the credit cards. DO IT!!! It’s costing you an arm and a leg.

    I do have to say this. DO NOT BUY A HOUSE WITH A GIRLFRIEND OR BOYFRIEND. You didn’t use the words fiance, etc. Just friend.

    Unless either one of you can pay the mortgage in FULL without the other’s help. DO NOT DO THIS.