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Qualifying for a home equity loan or
refinance home loan with bad credit has become more
challenging for homeowners with issues such as, low credit
scores, and late payments on credit.
Mortgage lenders who are offering bad credit home equity loans
usually adjust their interest rates higher to offset the risk. Getting a higher
rate may not be too appealing, but it can be better than
getting no offer of a loan at all. One compensating factor to get a better mortgage rate, is having a low loan to value.
Also, see FHA
home loans for a high loan to value, or if you have bad
With a credit score below 660, most bad credit home equity
loan programs will not exceed 80% loan to value. However,
there are bad credit home loans available with credit scores
as low as 580. The mortgage rates increase as your score
decreases, especially without much equity.
If you have any collection accounts, the
mortgage lender will normally require them to be paid off.
Consumer credit counseling is typically not allowed within the
last 2 to 5 years, and a previous bankruptcy may not be
allowed within the last 2 to 7 years. Also, your mortgage
payments must be current, and usually no mortgage late
payments over 30 days within the last 12 months.
In qualifying for a home equity loan or second
mortgage, lenders use the middle of 3 credit scores from the
person on the application who makes the most money. If
necessary, you can exclude a spouse from the application to
avoid a problem, they would have to temporarily quitclaim off