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Tigerfan56
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Best way to build a credit score?
It's been very difficult for me to find a willing lender for a mortgage to buy my first home- due to a lack of any credit history.

I have never had any debt, or even credit cards. I started my first credit card in January. The last loan officer I met with basically told me the best she could offer me was two seperate mortgages. The first would be an ARM for 10% of the home at around 3.5 interest. The second would be another ARM at around 5% interest for 80% of the home.

I would have to put down 10% regardless, and the only way I could get a fixed rate would be to put 20% down.

Her suggestion was to take the mortgage if I really wanted a home, and then I needed to find 3 sources of credit to make payments on for a year (mortgage, credit card, and one more- she said maybe a personal loan for 1k or so strictly to make payments). After this- I would have credit history and the option to refinance into a fixed loan mortgage.

I'm unsure if I should take on this mortgage, which I feel doesn't offer competitive rates, or if I should keep renting, and take out a small personal loan from her and the bank which I currently bank with. Make yearly payments to establish history, and then look for homes a year later with more cash on hand and better offers?






hungryone
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re: Best way to build a credit score?
Just say no to the two mortgages with adjustable rates. Your lack of credit history is only part of the problem: the other part is your lack of 20% down payment. Over time, your credit score will improve if you keep using the credit card modestly and paying it off each month--this will be sufficient to build your credit history.

But money in the bank will help your ability to get a fixed rate mortgage at a competitive rate. So save, save, save: you want the needed 20% plus a decent 6-mo emergency cushion. Without those assets on hand, you are a higher risk for any lender.

If there is some thing you actually NEED (not want), like a new fridge, furniture, etc. sold by a vendor offering a 0% financing deal, then buy it and pay it off in the scheduled increments.


Tigerfan56
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If there is some thing you actually NEED (not want), like a new fridge, furniture, etc. sold by a vendor offering a 0% financing deal, then buy it and pay it off in the scheduled increments.


Well this is an issue also.

Most such offers require a credit score to qualify. I need a TV and new bed. My plan was to buy these on 0% financing deals but I can't qualify even for those.


Tigerfan56
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But money in the bank will help your ability to get a fixed rate mortgage at a competitive rate. So save, save, save: you want the needed 20% plus a decent 6-mo emergency cushion. Without those assets on hand, you are a higher risk for any lender


I also have 32k in the bank, and 10k in a Roth IRA. I would think that plus no debt would be enough to overcome my credit history.


hungryone
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I also have 32k in the bank, and 10k in a Roth IRA. I would think that plus no debt would be enough to overcome my credit history.


Nope. The banks/finance companies have no way of knowing how you got that money--it could have been inherited, a cash settlement, or even a lotto scratcher. You're still a risk because you haven't ever demonstrated that you will pay back the money you owe. A solid payment history is a crucial part of establishing good credit. And $32K is not the kind of scratch that will make a bank overlook your lack of payment history. (If you were trying to buy a $100K house with $150K in the bank, they would happily offer you a loan.)

So if you don't qualify for the 0% through various vendors, then join a credit union (usually have the best rates) and borrow a small amount to purchase those needed items. Pay the loan off early to minimize your interest expenses, and be patient while your score goes up. It may take 18-24 mos. Meanwhile, saving more money will never, ever hurt your credit.


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I also have 32k in the bank, and 10k in a Roth IRA. I would think that plus no debt would be enough to overcome my credit history.



1. Go to a credit union.
2. Put about $5,000 of that $32,000 into a savings account.
3. Take out a credit card or a line of credit against that $5,000 (should be at about a 3% rate)
4. Buy your TV and bed or whatever with that line of credit.
5. Pay the minimum payment for 3 months, let it report, then pay it off.
6. Go get your mortgage.



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hungryone


Gave solid advice. Additionally a credit union may be more likely to get you started with a credit card. Pentagon FCU and Navy FCU are a couple I'd look at if I were you. You can also probably get a starter card that isn't secured through Capital One. Discover has a starter card as well.

You're going to have to show some patience. That credit file isn't going to build itself in a day. Best of luck to you.


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Coach Guidry
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re: Best way to build a credit score?
FHA loan.


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FHA loan


Good option. FHA may also be able to take 12 months of paid utility bills as a partial credit history. Rental history as well showing rent paid on time.
This post was edited on 4/23 at 12:30 pm


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FHA may also be able to take 12 months of paid utility bills as a partial credit history. Rental history as well showing rent paid on time.


Had a co-worker who had to go this route. Only negative was having to pay PMI but he still owns a home.


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CoachChappy
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re: Best way to build a credit score?
Listen to anc's advice.
I took out credit cards in college and bought my friend's "expensive" items with them t.v.'s, phones, furniture, booze whatever,
They would give me the cash + the interest and I would pay the card off. I still have 4 credit cards that I do not use. they are just open lines of credit with a ) balance.


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GenesChin
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I have never had any debt, or even credit cards.


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Best way to build a credit score?



Get debt + CC and wait for two solid years of on time payments + and keeping low utilization.


To get a solid 720+, get a CC and some type of installment loan. The variety + on time payments for 3+ months will get you to around that area.



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I'm unsure if I should take on this mortgage,



Probably shouldnt. Those rates are pretty horrible.
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LSUFanHouston
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re: Best way to build a credit score?
Eh. I suggest finding a new banker.

If you don't mind me asking, who are the banks you are talking to?

You need to find a mortgage company (not a bank) that will do traditional, manual underwriting. This takes longer, is harder on the lender, but with a steady income and that cash, you should be able to get approved (assuming you want to buy a house that makes sense from a ration point of view).

FHA is perfect for this situation, as they often do underwriting without a credit score, but dang, that permanent FHA insurance is killing things. You could always pay it for a year and refinance out of it, but I think interest rates are going up in the mid to long term.

You can try someone like Churchill Mortgage (don't beat me up, anti-Dave Ramsey posters), or a local outfit like NOLA Lending. Another option is Van Dyk Mortgage. You need someone who will actually go to bat for you.

If you really want a credit score, go get a Rooms To Go card, buy a bed, pay it off, and go from there.
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Armymann50
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re: Best way to build a credit score?
You don't need a home. You should stick with the apartment.


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ForeverLSU02
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Most such offers require a credit score to qualify. I need a TV and new bed
I would think that Best Buy and Rooms to Go would let you open a credit card with them with a modest limit


Tigerfan56
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I would think that Best Buy and Rooms to Go would let you open a credit card with them with a modest limit


Not sure about Rooms to Go. I've been turned down already at best buy.

It took forever to even find a credit card that didn't turn me down. Finally got one from Discover.


GenesChin
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re: Best way to build a credit score?
Thing that sucks is that you just got a ton of hard credit pulls on your record in the process.


Typically with no credit, you are limited to no credit type cards such as secured or starter cards


Tigerfan56
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Thing that sucks is that you just got a ton of hard credit pulls on your record in the process.


How long do those affect your score?


VABuckeye
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re: Best way to build a credit score?
Not long and they only drop it a few points generally. How many applications did you put it?


Tigerfan56
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re: Best way to build a credit score?
Probably 5-6, all were months ago though. Since I got my CC in January, I've only tried to get the Best Buy credit card.


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