(Closed) house dilemma, does anyone know about mortgages, bad credit etc. ?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

Have you had his credit pulled?  If he’s really paid everything on time for the last three years, his credit should not be bad enough to keep you from getting a mortgage, unless he has a lot of outstanding judgments and/or collections.  I would suggest contacting a trusted lender, and starting there to see what you’re working with.

If it’s really bad, a smaller more flexible lender, like a local credit union or bank, may be able to approve the file on an exception if you can show that the delinquent accounts were all assigned to the ex in the divorce, and only became delinquent after being assigned to her.

As for unloading the current underwater house, if he has enough money, you can sell it for whatever you can get, and then pay the difference between that and what he owes in cash at closing to get out of the house without it being a short sale.  If that’s a no-go, but he can qualify with both the current house payment and a new payment, you can just keep his house and rent it out.  You won’t be able to count that rental income towards qualifying though, with no equity.

Hope that helps.  This is what I do for a living, so let me know if you have other specific questions.

Post # 4
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

@whitefuzzy:  I don’t specifically know about where you are located. There are also mortgage companies (in Ontario, at least, there is Home Trust which is one that is specifically for those with not as great credit – you just need a higher down payment to begin with and your insurance is higher – they are a pain in the ass to deal with compared to the big banks, though!). I know that it has gotten really strict in the States but I know nothing about it there. I would suggest a mortgage broker 🙂


Post # 6
46 posts

I’d suggest that you sign up with creditkarma.com. It’s a free website. Not sure if they have the  same thing in Canada, but it’s worth looking; or maybe you could find something similar. Essentially they help to track your credit score, and there is a TON of free advice on improving that score. I used it when I was trying to buy a house and discovered that there were taxes in arrears pulling my score down.(thank you ex). Long story short, I did manage to pull up my score enough to buy my house. Hope it helps!

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