This is a question that was posted recently on Trulia Voices…
“Looking for a Home in the Triangle. I think I’ll be ready to purchase in March of 2015. When should I apply for a mortgage???”
People who are considering a move to the Triangle need to plan for their home purchase. If you will be in the market to purchase in 2015- you should speak with a NC lender as soon as possible. Why?
We have our own set of unique qualifying guidelines in NC – mandated by the State Legislature. While we are a “brick and mortar” state (meaning if you are a mortgage company doing business in NC you should have an office here and not just be “virtual”), there are always those with fancy footwork trying to figure out a way around the system. Better to be safe than sorry – and find a “local” to work with.
In some cases, our State Legislature defines how much a lender can contribute toward closing costs, they also dictate WHICH KIND of loan programs are available to consumers. So again, think local.
But the MAIN REASON you should speak with a lender even six or eight months before you purchase is this:
With the “mortgage MESS” of the last year, credit scores have become one of the MOST IMPORTANT parts to a loan approval… ESPECIALLY in North Carolina. Because our programs are limited, we rely even more heavily on high credit scores to qualify buyers, and get the best interest rate. If you have a “good” score of 640 – we could get your FICO score up to 720 if we had 6 to 8 months! This change in your score could mean the difference of over $75 a month in your payment!
Let’s see… $75 a month savings, live in a house for 4 years, that’s a MINIMUM SAVINGS of $3600! Just for speaking with a loan officer EARLIER in the process! So if you are considering a purchase, call now!
A credit report is just a snapshot in time… think about someone taking a picture of you in one day. Well, they might get a picture of you at Starbucks, at your desk, in a meeting – you move during your day. Creditors can submit information to the Bureaus on any given day at any given time – so the snapshot (or pull of your credit) on a given day by different people might have slightly different scores. It doesn’t happen often – but it can happen.
FHA loans have the most lenient credit scoring models. Minimum credit scores for FHA Loans vary, and can go from 580 all the way up to 640.
Folks with minimum credit scores between 580 and 619. If you have excellent offsetting, compensating factors, like extra funds left over after closing, and very low debt to income ratios, you can get a FHA loan with minimum credit scores below 620.