SOURCE: Experian website
It’s been so exciting planning the Special Day! You had a beautiful wedding, the guest celebrated with you, the cake was eaten, the limo whisk you off for the beginning of a relaxing honeymoon, but wait…what about your credit!
After the honeymoon the real fun begins-starting your life together. From a financial standpoint, that involves exciting stuff like buying a home and trading in your sports car for a minivan (okay, maybe not everyone thinks minivans are exciting).
Your FICO scores are a big part of many of your financial decisions now that you are a couple. Here are a few important facts regarding your FICO scores.
- You both have individual FICO scores. You do not have a joint score.
- When applying for a loan and stating both incomes, the lender will only look at your individual scores when evaluating your loan application.
- Joint accounts, such as credit cards or auto loans will affect both of your scores
When applying for a home loan lenders look at the three FICO scores from Experian, Equifax and TransUnion and your middle score is the score that your approval is based on.
Let’s say that Bob and Sue are married.
- Bob has poor credit and Sue has good credit.
- Bob makes more money than Sue.
- Sue’s income qualifies for a 100K home and Bob’s income qualifies for 300K home, but they want to purchase a home for 375K.
- Bob would not qualify for a loan because of his low scores.
- Sue’s credit would qualify her for any home providing that her income is sufficient, but all that she can purchase is a 100K home.
- Sue can NOT use his just his credit and just her scores.
- Bob can not use just her credit and just his income.
So what can Bob and Sue do so that they can purchase the home of their dreams?
Call reScore Solutions! We can evaluate Bob’s credit reports at no charge and identify the accounts, collections and overall credit to be repaired, deleted or paid. We can save you money using our techniques in getting your credit scores lender-ready.
Watch video by clicking link below and see how Bob get’s started on getting his credit back on track.
Marriage and credit score myths.
- Our credit reports will merge together when we get married. NO
- Marriage will lower my credit scores. NO
- When I change my last name my credit history will be erased or deleted. NO
- My spouses poor credit will hurt my credit scores. NO
- I will automatically become a joint user or authorized user of my spouse’s accounts. NO
- You will be responsible for your spouse’s previous debt. NO
- Being unemployed while raising children will damage my credit score. NO
- Having a good job improves my credit score.
- My spouse filed Bankruptcy and now my credit will be ruined too. NO
- Since we are married, any loans or accounts that we get must be a joint account. NO
- Whew!! I don’t have to worry about my spouse’s credit. NO. This will affect you when you want to purchase a home or other large purchase that both incomes will be needed to qualify. If you are a co-signor on any accounts or loans with your spouse, you are equally responsible for those obligations as your significant other. Any mishaps, such as a missed payment, will reflect poorly on both of your credit reports.
So while you were reading the credit score myths, Bob’s credit was repaired and his credit scores are improved.
Being that Bob’s credit is repaired they can now buy the home that they need. Bob and Sue are now happy and recommend reScore Solutions to their friends and lived happily ever after.
Bad credit can trigger all sorts of issues when trying to get a mortgage, purchase a car or get a credit card. But even if you’re just looking for an apartment or house to rent, your credit history can pose problems.
Most landlords check credit reports of potential renters to determine the probability of receiving the rent payments. This can pose a problem when you may have a repossession, charge-offs, foreclosure, late payments or a Bankruptcy listed on your credit report. When your credit is damaged, you may have a tough time qualifying for that home or apartment that you and your family need.
At reScore Solutions, we understand that many people have fallen on hard times due to job loss, health problems, or having to close a business. Bad credit can happen even when we do our best to pay our bills on time.
Call us so for a free no-obligation credit report evaluation. While you are trying to get your life back on track, we can get your credit scores back up and running.
We specialize in getting your credit reports lender-ready so that you will be approved for a home. Understanding the ins and outs of lending we know what it takes to get your credit reports repaired and credit scores to the specification of your lender.
What should you do if your credit history is less-than-stellar? Here are seven ways you can overcome your bad credit and still get that rental you’re looking for:
1. Be honest and show that you have been making progress.
Sometimes bad credit isn’t a reflection of poor money management. Be upfront with a potential landlord before your credit is pulled. Don’t make excuses and blame others. Landlords have heard all of the blame games. If you are able to show a valid reason why your bills were not paid on time, such as divorce, health, job loss; but also show that it was a temporary situation and show how you have been able to get back on your financial feet, you may have a better chance of getting approved.
2. Find a guarantor or co-signer
Ask a trusted friend or relative with good credit to co-sign the rental application with you. While you may be the only one living in the home or apartment, your co-signer will be financially responsible if you do not pay your rent. This may give the potential landlord the extra security that he needs to feel comfortable with renting to you.
Of course, you really don’t want your co-signer having to pay your rent, so be sure that you not over obligate yourself to a rent amount that you can’t comfortably afford.
3. Pay in advance or increase your security deposit
Bad credit and especially a consistent bad credit history makes a landlord nervous because it indicates that your actions in the past may be repeated, such as defaulting on the rent payments or not paying on time. By paying a month or more in advance or offering a two-month security deposit, you can possibly alleviate their concerns. Not only does this show your commitment, it also provides them with extra cash that can cover some of the losses and damages, should you skip out on the rent. (Which, of course, you won’t.)
4. Get a roommate
Willing to share your space such as kitchen, living room? If so, a roommate may be a great solution. If the landlord will allow just one person to sign the lease, see if your roommate is willing to sign it solo. (Alternately, try to move-in with a roommate who’s mid-lease.) This way, the person on the lease is the one with more solid credit.
The other benefit to having a roommate is sharing the utilities. Saving money will help you to pay down your debts and helping to repair your credit.
5. Show solid income and offer to pay via direct deposit
Even if your credit is a little weak, your landlord may feel better if you can show that you have history with a full-time job with good pay.
When applying for an apartment, have proof of income ready, such as recent pay stubs, tax returns and a letter from your employer verifying your employment status and income. Offering to have your rent automatically deducted from your bank account can also help.
6. Be willing to pay a little more
Some landlords, even if you are renting from a property management company may charge additional “risk” fees for shaky credit and poor credit scores. You may want to step up and pay more if you really love the home or have to move in a hurry.
If you are dealing with an individual, you may want to negotiate to pay a higher amount so that your application is not denied.
7. Letters of recommendation
Just as your would provide a letter of recommendation for a job, provide one for a potential landlord too. Ask for letters from current and previous employers, current and previous landlords, and even past roommates who can vouch for your character. Even if your previous landlords were only for short-term arrangements, their endorsement can hold weight.