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THE DIGNITY MORTGAGE

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About 6 years ago the greedy incompetent Banks managed to effectively take mortgages back to the Dark Ages. Since then the idea of having mortgages designed in the interest of the Borrower has been totally abolished.

Now at last we are hearing stirrings of intelligent ideas coming from the industry.

BEFORE READING THE REST OF THIS ARTTICLE PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THERE ARE NO SUCH THINGS AS “SUB PRIME MORTGAGES”. THERE ARE ONLY “SUB PRIME BORROWERS”.

Housing advocates are pushing for a new type of loan, called the “Dignity Mortgage,” They are approaching bankers and federal regulators proposing this.

The Dignity Mortgage would be geared to applicants who have rebuilt their finances since losing their homes and or jobs during the past 5-6 years, but who have been able to get steady employment and repaired their credit scores since then.

Despite this it is very difficult to get a regular mortgage from the standard lenders at this time says Faith Bautista, who heads the National Asian American Coalition.

The Dignity Mortgage would target Borrowers who had a good credit history prior to the collapse, and have been able to save at least a 10% down payment since then.

Since it would be a higher risk loan, it would come with a higher rate for a higher risk. For example, borrowers would pay 1.25 percentage points above more creditworthy borrowers (e.g. 4.75 percent if more A+ borrowers were paying 3.5 percent), the Los Angeles Times reports.

However, if borrowers made timely payments for five years, the deal could greatly improve.

“At that point, the extra money they had paid in interest would be used to reduce the mortgage balance, and their rate would be cut to whatever borrowers with sterling credit and 20 percent down payments were charged at the time the loan was made,” the Los Angeles Times reports in explaining the proposal.

Source: “New Type of Subprime Loan Pushed,” Los Angeles Times (Jan. 29, 2013)

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FICO REASON SCORES

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Factors contributing to someone's credit score...

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Have you ever wondered about the group of numbers following the FICO Score on your Credit Report?

e.g.  FICO Score: 500 38 21 18 05

They are not greatly complicated but are seldom used as they should be. Put simply they are the FICO “Reason Codes” and explain why your score is not higher than it is.

In the above example with the poor 500 score the meanings are:

(38) Serious delinquency and derogatory public record or collection filed. (90+ day late payments AND a public record, or account in Collection)

(21) Amount past due on accounts (current late payments)

(18) Multiple accounts with history of late payments

(05) Too may accounts with balances owed.

These are the 4 most important things related to this individual score and the things that need to be dealt with in order to improve the score.

Remember, they are not the reason your score is so low; they are the reasons it is not better.

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FICO FACTS

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CREDITOR

It’s a common misconception that if a bill is charged-off on your Credit Report it is no longer due. WRONG the Debt is still owed. If the creditor is unsuccessful in getting the account paid, it is written-off their books as a loss. The creditor has now categorized this account as late stage delinquency, and is sold for cents on the dollar to a third party collection agency for them try to collect.

COLLECTION AGENCY

The next step is the collection agency will contact you for payment of the bill. Now you are dealing with the collection agency, which is usually more aggressive than the creditor. They will call you and send you a verification of the bill and frequently stretch the law in trying to get you to pay something.

THE COURTS

If all else fails the Collection Agency may choose to sue you for the amount owed plus penalties. This could result in a Judgment against you.

IMPACT MULTIPLIED BY THREE

This result leaves you with 3 dings against you on your credit report. Each of these will have severe negative impact on your credit score, and remain on your credit report for seven years.

1. You will have the original information on the bill that was charged-off by the creditor.

2. A new account is created by the third party collection agency, which is categorized as a collection account on your credit report.

3. If the collection agency decides to sue you, a judgment is reported in the courts and shows up on your credit report.

You can see there is a snow ball effect of not paying a bill. This can have a major impact on your credit and take years to recover.

For detail help on all Credit Related Issues contact:
kstrey@scorewellcredit.com

MORE FICO FACTS

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Not just a Mortgage Issue

 Most people know that your Credit Score (FICO) has a significant effect on whether you can get a Mortgage.

What is not generally known is that FICO is increasingly being used by Employers, Insurance Companies,

Utility Companies, Apartment Complexes and a growing list of other organization which provide services for regular payments.

These and many other groups consider it a good indicator of general reliability and whether bills will be paid on time.

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FICO FACTS

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Potential home buyers, or anyone thinking of refinancing are finding that their credit scores are vastly more important now than in the boom years. However, they seldom know the effect of even one “minor”  bad credit event.

For example:

Tom has a barely o.k. 68O FICO score but makes a 30 day late mortgage payment. It will take 9 months for his score to get back to that level assuming no more late payments.

Dick has an good 720 Fico and makes a 30 day late payment. It will take 2 ½ years to get back.

Harry has a very good 780 FICO but after a 30 day late pay it will take 3 years for him to get back to that level.

The financial costs of  lower credit range from being unable to get any loan, to paying a higher interest rate and higher fees for anything below 720, finding it virtually impossible to get any loan below 640.

The moral is of course to pay your bills on time at all times.

NOTE: Getting and maintaining good credit is a greatly misunderstood process with mountains of free but inaccurate advice. I can strongly recommend Ken Strey kstrey@creditlinei2.org for pretty much anything related to your credit.

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Another Credit Cotcha

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A recent change to your Mortgage qualifying process has been adopted by all Lenders. Banks now run a NEW Credit Report on the Day your loan is due to fund i.e. ONE DAY BEFORE CLOSING. If you have taken on any new debt since applying you might no longer qualify for your loan and be unable to close the deal. If you have removed your loan contingency this could put your deposit at risk.

This applies to both Purchase and Refinance Loans.

If you have applied for any NEW Credit since you were preapproved the loan underwriter will be required to call the new trade line and get proof that no new credit was extended.

If new credit was extended, they will recalculate the debt to income ratios and the application will need to be re-underwritten. Even if you still qualify THIS WILL CAUSE A SIGNIFICANT DELAY TO CLOSING.

This delay could potentially ruin the whole deal.

I personally have had 3 of these situations happen. Fortunately none of them caused major problems but in all cases caused between 7 and 10 days delay in closing.

 If you have made any new credit application since being qualified,

tell your Real Estate Agent, and Loan Agent right away and deal with it before it becomes time critical.

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