Anyone Have a Good Lender for Lower Credit Scores?

sylviatexas1March 10, 2011

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I have always received the best rates from restricted-membership credit unions--in particular:

and my latest mortgage holder (a bank):

    Bookmark   March 11, 2011 at 2:45PM
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Oops. I misread your request--for whatever reason I thought your title read "good lender for low rates".

Those lenders I listed will mostly cater to those with a fico of at least 750.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2011 at 2:58PM
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Oops, indeed!

I wish these folks did have a score of 750!

Thanks, though, I'll check 'em out for other buyers.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2011 at 3:27PM
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What about a FHA loan? Those don't need really high credit scores.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 10:40PM
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FHA required 620.

They are a young couple, had a run of financial trouble (husband's employer went out of business).

The couple tightened their belts until husband found a new job;
they bought groceries & paid their rent & paid their utilities & insurance, but they were 30 days late on a $30 *credit card bill* for 2 months*, & there's no way these days for an underwriter to make adjustments.

In the past, you could document something like that & the underwriter could adjust for it.

Today, if you have a lower credit score, you have to re-build for the next 6 months or so.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2011 at 11:44AM
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Wells Fargo just started a program that will finance 80% with as low as a 500 score. The down payment decreases as score goes up.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2011 at 1:10PM
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Sorry to be harsh, but maybe they should spend some time building an emergency fund until that 60 late drops off. If they can't pay a $30 credit card bill when something bad happens, how are they going to pay their mortgage?

Finger wagging aside, you may want to check the forums on or, or direct the couple there. They have great tips on rebuilding credit and links to lenders for folks in their situation.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2011 at 2:06PM
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    Bookmark   March 16, 2011 at 3:33PM
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Us agents do not discriminate against our clients, based on their credit score. If the lenders have programs that will accept them, we have a duty to let them know. What the banks offer for loans, and what the risk is to the banks on getting repaid is none of our business.
Banks offer this type of loan, because they think we have hit bottom, and with a 20% cushion, think their investment is sound.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2011 at 7:08AM
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