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Applying for a Mortgage after a Bankruptcy

Qualifying for a home mortgage with a bankruptcy on your credit history requires time and money. Yet by understanding the requirements to get a mortgage after a bankruptcy and by carefully rebuilding your credit standing, you can apply for a loan and buy a home. 
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The three main U.S. credit bureaus--Equifax, Experian and TransUnion--maintain your credit history. Using that history, plus its own proprietary equation, the Fair Isaac Corp. calculates your FICO credit score somewhere between 850 and 300 points. Anything above 700 points is good to excellent, with... more

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What Are Typical Mortgage Down Payments?

Traditional mortgage down payments have always been 10 to 25 percent of the total purchase price of the property. more

FHA Eligibility with Bankruptcy and Foreclosure

FHA mortgage loans require borrowers to wait three years after a foreclosure and two years after a bankruptcy before applying for financing. Good credit since the incident is generally a requirement as well. more

Low Down Payment Loan Qualification

In order to qualify for a low down payment loan, you typically must have a good credit history, sufficient income for the monthly mortgage payments, and enough money for closing costs, among other things. more

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FROM THE MORTGAGE101 BLOG

Mortgage Rates Drop to 7-Week Low

After a two-month rest above 4 percent, long-term mortgage rates have dipped back into more familiar territory this week, according to mortgage backer Freddie Mac, being pulled down by overseas stock troubles. The average rate on a 30-year fixed rate conventional mortgage declined to 3.98 percent, excluding fees during the week ended July 30, 2015, down from 4.04 percent the week before. The 30-year rate is also down from one year earlier when it averaged 4.12 percent. “Monday’s 8 percent decline in Chinese stock prices triggered similar — though smaller — sell-offs in global equity markets,” said Freddie Mac chief economist Sean Becketti. “The associated flight to quality drove U.S. Treasury yields down nearly 5 basis points. … With no clear direction coming from the Fed this afternoon, we expect more of the same in coming weeks.” Foreign economic distress was not the only contributing factor this week, Becketti said. “Recent housing data exhibited the same good news/bad news pattern as overseas developments. Coming into this week, existing home sales for June and the latest FHFA house pricemeasures both suggested a stronger tone in the housing market,” he commented. “However this week brought nothing but bad — or at least weaker-than-expected — news. New homes sales and pending home salesboth weakened and the Case-Shiller house price indices , while positive, fell below the lower end of expectations. Finally, the inadvertent release of Fed staff projections increased uncertainty over the timing of future Fed rate moves.” The 15-year fixed rate mortgage also carried a lower rate this week, falling to 3.17 percent, down from 3.21 percent the previous week and from 3.23 percent during the same week of 2014. Rates on one-year adjustable rate mortgage also slipped, decreasing to an average of 2.52 percent from 2.54 percent the week before. The rate is still higher than last year’s 2.38 percent. more

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