How to improve my credit score

  1. Keep balances low on credit cards and other “revolving credit”. …
  2. Pay off debt rather than moving it around. …
  3. Don’t close unused credit cards as a short-term strategy to raise your scores.
  4. Don’t open a number of new credit cards that you don’t need, just to increase your available credit.
If time is a factor, here are four ways to improve a credit score in 30 days:
  1. Correct any errors on the credit report. …
  2. Become an authorized user. …
  3. Raise your available credit. …
  4. Negotiate. …
  5. 1. Make minimum payments on time. …
  6. Reduce debt-to-income ratio. …
  7. Have a good mix of debt.

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Can I qualify for an FHA loan?

What is an FHA Loan?

An FHA loan is a mortgage that’s insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). They are popular especially among first time home buyers because they allow down payments of 3.5% for credit scores of 580+. However, borrowers must pay mortgage insurance premiums, which protects the lender if a borrower defaults.

Borrowers can qualify for an FHA loan with a down payment as little as 3.5% for a credit score of 580 or higher. The borrower’s credit score can be between 500 – 579 if a 10% down payment is made.  It’s important to remember though, that the lower the credit score, the higher the interest borrowers will receive.

The FHA program was created in response to the rash of foreclosures and defaults that happened in 1930s; to provide mortgage lenders with adequate insurance; and to help stimulate the housing market by making loans accessible and affordable for people with less than stellar credit or a low down payment. Essentially, the federal government insures loans for FHA-approved lenders in order to reduce their risk of loss if a borrower defaults on their mortgage payments.

FHA Loan Requirements

For borrowers interested in buying a home with an FHA loan with the low down payment amount of 3.5%, applicants must have a minimum FICO score of 580 to qualify. However, having a credit score that’s lower than 580 doesn’t necessarily exclude you from FHA loan eligibility. You just need to have a minimum down payment of 10%.

The credit score and down payment amounts are just two of the requirements of FHA loans. Here’s a complete list of FHA loan requirements, which are set by the Federal Housing Authority:

  • Borrowers must have a steady employment history or worked for the same employer for the past two years.
  • Borrowers must have a valid Social Security number, lawful residency in the U.S. and be of legal age to sign a mortgage in your state.
  • Borrowers must pay a minimum down payment of 3.5 percent. The money can be gifted by a family member.
  • New FHA loans are only available for primary residence occupancy.
  • Borrowers must have a property appraisal from a FHA-approved appraiser.
  • Borrowers’ front-end ratio (mortgage payment plus HOA fees, property taxes, mortgage insurance, homeowners insurance) needs to be less than 31 percent of their gross income, typically. You may be able to get approved with as high a percentage as 40 percent. Your lender will be required to provide justification as to why they believe the mortgage presents an acceptable risk. The lender must include any compensating factors used for loan approval.
  • Borrowers’ back-end ratio (mortgage plus all your monthly debt, i.e., credit card payment, car payment, student loans, etc.) needs to be less than 43 percent of their gross income, typically. You may be able to get approved with as high a percentage as 50 percent. Your lender will be required to provide justification as to why they believe the mortgage presents an acceptable risk. The lender must include any compensating factors used for loan approval.
  • Borrowers must have a minimum credit score of 580 for maximum financing with a minimum down payment of 3.5 percent.
  • Borrowers must have a minimum credit score of 500-579 for maximum LTV of 90 percent with a minimum down payment of 10 percent. FHA-qualified lenders will use a case-by-case basis to determine an applicants’ credit worthiness.
  • Typically borrowers must be two years out of bankruptcy and have re-established good credit. Exceptions can be made if you are out of bankruptcy for more than one year if there were extenuating circumstances beyond your control that caused the bankruptcy and you’ve managed your money in a responsible manner.
  • Typically borrowers must be three years out of foreclosure and have re-established good credit. Exceptions can be made if there were extenuating circumstances and you’ve improved your credit. If you were unable to sell your home because you had to move to a new area, this does not qualify as an exception to the three-year foreclosure guideline.
  • The property must meet certain minimum standards at appraisal. If the home you are purchasing does not meet these standards and a seller will not agree to the required repairs, your only option is to pay for the required repairs at closing (to be held in escrow until the repairs are complete).

    Benefits of FHA Loans: Low Down Payments and Less Strict Credit Score Requirements

    Typically an FHA loan is one of the easiest types of mortgage loans to qualify for because it requires a lowdown payment and you can have less-than-perfect credit. For FHA loans, down payment of 3.5 percent is required for maximum financing. Borrowers with credit scores as low as 500 can qualify for an FHA loan.

    Borrowers who cannot afford a 20 percent down payment, have a lower credit score, or can’t get approved for private mortgage insurance should look into whether an FHA loan is the best option for their personal scenario.

    Another advantage of an FHA loan it is an assumable mortgage which means if you want to sell your home, the buyer can “assume” the loan you have. People who have low or bad credit, have undergone a bankruptcy or have been foreclosed upon may be able to still qualify for an FHA loan.

    Mortgage Insurance is Required for an FHA Loan

    You knew there had to be a catch, and here it is: Because an FHA loan does not have the strict standards of a conventional loan, it requires two kinds of mortgage insurance premiums: one is paid in full upfront -– or, it can be financed into the mortgage –- and the other is a monthly payment. Also, FHA loans require that the house meet certain conditions and must be appraised by an FHA-approved appraiser.

    Upfront mortgage insurance premium (UFMIP) — Appropriately named, this is a one-time upfront monthly premium payment, which means borrowers will pay a premium of 1.75% of the home loan, regardless of their credit score. Example: $300,000 loan x 1.75% = $5,250. This sum can be paid upfront at closing as part of the settlement charges or can be rolled into the mortgage.

    This excerpt from Zillow to Read more on how to qualify simply CLICK HERE

How to qualify for a VA loan

To be eligible for a VA Loan, veterans, active duty service members, National Guard members and reservists must meet the basic service requirements set forth by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Spouses of military members who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-connected disability may also be eligible.

It’s ultimately up to the VA to determine eligibility for the home loan program, but prospective borrowers can get a good idea by looking at the VA’s basic eligibility guidelines.

You may be eligible for a VA Home Loan if you meet one or more of the following conditions:

  • You have served 90 consecutive days of active service during wartime,OR
  • You have served 181 days of active service during peacetime,OR
  • You have more than 6 years of service in the National Guard or Reserves,OR
  • You are the spouse of a service member who has died in the line of duty or as a result of a service-related disability.
How to Apply for a VA Loan Certificate of Eligibility (COE)

While you don’t need your VA Certificate of Eligibility in hand to start the loan process with Veterans United, this certificate is a very important part of your loan application. Your COE verifies that your length and character of service make you eligible to use the VA home loan benefit.

You can apply for a VA Loan Certificate of Eligibility three different ways:

  1. Apply through a VA approved lender
  2. Apply online through the VA’s eBenefits portal
  3. Apply by mail with VA Form 26-1880

This exerpt from veteransunited.com

 

Well maintained two story home on a private wooded lot

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Located in MillvilleNJ this home features an eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances and double sink open to Family room. Family room has gas fireplace and skylights for extra lighting. Tiled foyer, separate dining room and formal living room. Spacious bedrooms, bathrooms have tile flooring and surround, partial basement. New roof, two car attached garage with auto door opener, rear concrete patio, large fenced-in backyard. Holly Height Elementary School, easily accesible to Routes 49 and 55.

Call today and ask about property #72 Stacy Schnell~ Cell: 856-364-0772

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6 Things You Must Do Before Buying a Home

(TNS)—Buying a home is a huge investment—probably the most significant purchase of your life. It’s not something you should do without preparation.

Before you start on the road to homeownership, make sure you are ready.

Improve your credit score.
A high credit score snags you the best deals. “Below 660 or 680, you’re either going to have to pay sizable fees or a higher down payment,” says Barry Zigas, director of Housing Policy for the Consumer Federation of America.

This excerpt from RIS Media, please CLICK HERE to read more.

Build your dream home here!

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Once in a lifetime opportunity to build your dream home on your own private LAKE in Lawrence Township New Jersey! This 22 acre parcel consists of approximately 6 acres of land and 16+/- acres of water with an abundance of wildlife and fish. Standing on the edge of the water you can see hundreds of bass, sunnies, perch, & trout right under your nose. Build-able area on higher ground left of the lake subject to a soil & perc test, plot plan, letter of determination from NJ DEP, and final approval from Lawrence Township. Convenient access to shore points.

Call today or click here for more information and ask about property #73!


Stacy Schnell ~ REALTOR® Associate 
Direct: 856-364-0772
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Fox & Roach Realtors® 
1450 E. Chestnut Ave. 1B-Vineland
Office: 856-691-0091  / Fax: 856-324-9103 
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Move-in ready rancher on private lot in quiet neighborhood

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Move in ready ranch in Vineland, NJ. Eat-in kitchen, formal living room, large family room, master bedroom has a built in electric fireplace and a 12×14 walk-in closet/dressing room, master bathroom has been completely renovated including a Jacuzzi tub, stall shower, double vanities and tile flooring. New carpet throughout the home, replacement windows, public water, partially finished basement with separate entrance includes 4th bedroom and a full bathroom. Large fenced-in backyard with paver patio, spacious deck surrounding above ground pool and new 12 x 20 shed. Convenient access to Routes 55, 40 and 47. Reach out today and ask about property #68.   Stacy Schnell   856-364-0772 ~ Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors ~

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Open House

Please join us:

OPEN HOUSE FLYER 1269 VENUSJoin The Scott Sheppard Team team members Jake Hatki and Stacy Schnell in Vineland to tour this beautiful home! Come by and check it out located at 1269 Venus Drive, from 12PM-2PM Saturday the 24th! We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, contact Jake Hatki by Call/TEXT at (856) 506-7852 or Stacy Schnell at (856) 364-0772 (Call/TEXT)

Getting Ready To Move

Congratulations on the purchase of your new home! Now, for the next challenge: moving. This is a great time to carefully weed through your possessions and to dispose of any clothes, furniture and fixtures that you no longer want or need. Donate them to a charity, hold a garage sale – but if you don’t want them any more, don’t move them.

Are you going to pack yourself or hire professionals? If you’re doing your own packing, following is a list of materials you’ll need. Moving companies and overnight mail businesses can furnish these, as well as specialized items including wardrobe boxes for clothing and heavy-duty boxes for china and other breakables. Liquor and computer stores also are good sources for sturdy boxes.

You should start collecting the following materials:

  • Boxes of all sizes
  • Plastic bags
  • Non-shredded newspapers
  • Packing tape
  • Markers
  • Bubble wrap
  • Tissues paper

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Stacy Schnell ~ BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors & The Scott Sheppard Team

Beautiful 2 Story Home w- Fireplace – 3 Beds & 2.1 Baths

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New Jersey real estate for sale! Located in the city Millville  part of Cumberland County, this home is move-in ready two story home on private lot in Whitmarsh Estates. Renovated kitchen has breakfast bar, granite counter tops, tile flooring, tile backs plash, double sink and recessed lighting. Kitchen opens to family room with hardwood flooring and cathedral ceiling. Formal living room has cathedral ceiling with skylights, hardwood flooring, crown molding and a wood burning fireplace. Florida Room with hot tub off of family room leads to large rear deck with retractable awning. Paver walkway & patio w/ fire pit. Dining room, laundry room and half bath on first floor.
Spacious master bedroom with full bath. Master bath has tiled stall shower and tiled flooring. Full basement, one car attached garage with auto
door opener, roof 2 years old. Natural gas heat and hot water, public water and sewer, shed. Rieck Avenue Elementary School. Convenient access to Routes 49, 47 and 55.
Give a call or send a text today and ask about property #57.
Stacy Schnell     856-364-0772
BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors
Building Dreams One Home at A Time!