Prepare to Shop for a Mortgage

Last updated: February 4, 2016

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Check your credit

  • Don’t assume that minor credit problems or difficulties stemming from unique circumstances, such as illness or temporary loss of income, will limit your loan choices to only high-cost lenders.

  • If your credit report contains negative information that is accurate, but there are good reasons for trusting you to repay a loan, be sure to explain your situation to the lender or broker. If your credit problems cannot be explained, you will probably have to pay more than borrowers who have good credit histories, but don’t assume that the only way to get credit is to pay a high price. Ask how your past credit history affects the price of your loan and what you would need to do to get a better price. Take the time to shop around and negotiate to get the best deal possible. Whether you have credit problems or not, it is always a good idea to review your credit report for accuracy and completeness before you apply for a loan. To order a free copy of your credit report, click here or call (877) 322-8228.

  • FTC- Fair Credit Reporting Act / How to request your Free Credit Report/ Beware of Imposters

Define what is affordable for you

  • CFPB - Monthly Payment Worksheet

Gather documentation to verify credit, income, and financial obligations

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