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Learn How to Qualify for a Home Loan

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How does a lender determine if you qualify?

While lenders look at a lot of different information to determine whether you’ll qualify for a home loan,
ultimately, it comes down to four things: credit, down payment, income and assets. If any of these areas are not as strong as they should be,don’t be discouraged.Your USC Credit Union
home loan expert will provide you with the guidance you need to move to the next level.

Your credit

Your credit is one of the most important things that will be considered when determining if you qualify for a home loan. Your credit history is the way a lender judges the likelihood that you’ll pay back your home loan.

The lender will look at the length of your credit history, how reliably you’ve paid on your accounts and if you’re maxed out on your credit cards or loans. These are also the factors that determine your credit rating or credit score. Your credit score will be used to qualify you for a home loan and will
be one of the components used to determine your interest rate.

Credit scores for a home loan range from 620 (low) to 850 (high). A healthy credit score is generally
considered to be above 740 and a poor credit score is below 600. The higher your credit score, the better the interest rate you’ll likely be offered.

Lenders will also look at items on your credit report to see if you’ve had loan and credit card accounts
open for at least a year and any outstanding collections or judgments against you. If you have collections or judgments, you may need to satisfy those before you close on your home loan. Your loan officer will advise you, if this is required to obtain your loan.Your rental history will also be verified to see if you’ve had late rent payments in the past 12 months.

USC Credit Union is here to help you feel more confident in today’s real estate market. We’ve helped thousands of our member-owners reach their home-ownership goals and we will do the same for you. Download our Free Home Buyer’s Guide and learn about the entire home-buying.

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