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  • 1. What things impact my credit score and what can I do to improve my credit score? Views: 71
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    Terms of Use Your FICO® scores, from Fair Isaac and Company ( FICO ), are the credit scores most lenders use to determine your credit risk. You have three FICO ® scores, one for each of the three credit bureaus – Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax. Each credit score is based on information the credit bureau keeps on file about you. As this information changes, your credit scores tend to change as well. Credit scores consider five main kinds of credit information. Listed from most   More...
  • 2. What are some things that I should consider when shopping for a mortgage? Views: 66
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    Terms of Use Table of Contents 1. Obtain information from several lenders 2. Obtain all important cost information 3. Obtain the best deal that you can 4. Remember: Shop, compare, negotiate 5. Fair lending is required by law 6. Credit problems? 7. Glossary 1. Obtain Information from Several Lenders Home loans are available from several types of lenders-- thrift institutions , commercial banks, mortgage companies, and credit unions. Different lenders may quote you different prices, so you sh  More...
  • 3. What is a mortgage? Views: 63
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    Terms of Use: A mortgage is a loan that is used to buy a home. In return for the loan, you pay interest on the amount loaned. The lender also has first rights on your house in case you neglect to pay back the loan. A mortgage has three components: Amount (how many dollars you need to borrow) Interest Rate (the percentage rate you pay on the loan) Term (how long it will take to pay off the loan, generally 15 or 30 years) All of these components impact how much your mortgage payment will be  More...
  • 4. Can I get a credit report for free? Views: 59
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    Terms of Use Credit reports contain a wealth of information about your credit history. Consumers now can get a free copy of their credit report. It's important to review your credit report at least annually to ensure it is accurate and that you have not become a victim of identity fraud. A study by U.S. Public Interest Research Group found that one in four credit reports contains errors serious enough to cause consumers to be denied credit, a loan, an apartment or or even a job. Some of th  More...
  • 5. How can I see my credit report? Views: 59
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    Terms of Use There are three major credit reporting companies: Equifax , Experian , and TransUnion . Obtaining your credit report is as easy as calling or going to the internet and requesting one. It's a good idea to get copies from all three companies to ensure there are no mistakes since any of the three could be providing a report to your lender. Fees, ranging from $5-$20, may be charged to issue credit reports but some states permit citizens to acquire a free one (see related links). ?On  More...
  • 6. What information should I be looking for on my credit report and how do I correct any errors? Views: 58
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    Terms of Use Your credit report is an important piece of your credit history and should be reviewed in detail. It's especially important to check your credit report (which details how well you pay your loans, bills and credit card purchases) before applying for a loan or other credit, to know where you stand. Check the accuracy of the following information on your credit report: Name. Ensure the spelling of your name is accurate. Address. Ensure your current and previous addresses are accu  More...
  • 7. What are the primary criteria considered when evaluating a mortgage application? Views: 57
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    Terms of Use There are four primary criteria reviewed in an application for a mortgage: Credit History - The best indicator of how well an applicant will pay their mortgage is how well they have handled their credit and housing expenses in the past. The last two years is especially critical. It is recommended that all borrowers obtain a copy of their credit history from a credit bureau and review it for errors prior to applying for a mortgage. Income - Borrowers must demonstrate sufficient in  More...
  • 8. What is loan-to-value (LTV) and how does it impact the amount I can borrow? Views: 57
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    Terms of Use: The LTV ratio is the amount of money you borrow compared with the lower of the price or appraised value of the home you are purchasing. Each loan has a specific LTV limit. For example: with a 95% LTV loan on a home priced at $50,000, you could borrow up to $47,500 (95% of $50,000), and would have to pay $2,500 as a down payment. The LTV ratio reflects the amount of equity borrowers have in their homes. The higher the LTV ratio, the less cash homebuyers are required to pay out o  More...
  • 9. What are the things that I should expect my real estate agent to do when buying a new home? Views: 55
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    Terms of Use: Selecting a real estate agent is an important part of buying a new home, although not required. A good real estate agent can be extremely helpful and should provide the following services: Present the homes that suit your needs as you've defined them. Preview those homes to weed out those that are overpriced, or undesirable in some other way. Help you determine the difference between a good buy and a property which, because of its characteristics (i.e. neighborhood, market app  More...
  • 10. How do I save enough for a down payment to buy a house? Views: 55
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    Terms of Use: With current mortgage rates nearing all-time lows and home prices continuing to climb, you want to "get while the gettin's good!" But accumulating enough for a down payment on your first home can be one of the toughest financial challenges you'll face. The traditional down payment requirement used to be 20 percent of your home's purchase price. However, lending rules have changed recently, so you may be able to put down less (5 or 10 percent) to qualify for a mortgage. But keep in   More...
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