Bad debt and Homeownership?

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Yes Im trying to get pass paying rent, my rent is like paying my landlords mortgage..$ 1600, but I just can’t get pass the debt I have along with rent due Im in the hole $ 1475, mostly payday loans, which I’ve gotten to to help pay rent last month’s rent. I got ILL and injured on the job, and my SDI won’t kick in for 10-15 days. I just want my own house for me and familly, my credit score is not so great 574 last time I checked, and I don’t know what steps to take

8 Comments
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    saberhilt
    May 18, 2011 at 9:49 am

    You’re currently renting, yes?

    Do you have a family member you can borrow the $ 1500 from? A Love Loan as it were? Those payday loan places charge an almost 90% annual interest rate!!!

    What kind of car do you drive? Has it been paid off, or are you leasor type guy? If you’re making car payments, look at selling that car and buying yourself an older clunker, something you don’t have to make monthly payments on. This will free up some money on a monthly basis.

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    Bruce J
    May 18, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Unfortunately, your timing couldn’t be worse. The mortgage industry is cracking down on high risk loans right now. If you are a single mother, you might see if ‘Habitat for Humanity’ has any places available. They provide a new home at about 30% less than market value. These homes are built by largely by volunteers, and they are primarily for single mothers that are having trouble with rent. Your payment may not go down dramaticlly, but they will help you get financing. If you are married…sorry. I don’t have a whole lot of suggestions.

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    RA
    May 18, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Un fortunately Sub prime Lending guidelines have become very picky in the last 6 months. (With a score of 570-620 you fall into that category) It will be almost impossible for you to find 100% financing) If you have a retirement account or savings you more than likely will have to dip into it and get a 90% to 95% loan (that means your coming out of pocket with 5-20% of the value of the home.

    My advice is concentrate on paying down your bills. To improve your credit rating do not go late on any account and monitor your credit go to Creditexpert.com there are many tips that will help you improve your score and will also monitor your scores. These steps will save you a lot of money in the long run. Once you get your score in the mid to high 600’s you will be in a whole other ball park and will qualify with decent loan terms for a first time home buyer.

    If you live in Florida contact me I own a mortgage company and will be more than happy to send you some tips

    Hope that helps

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    bdancer222
    May 18, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Home ownership isn’t for everyone. If you are resorting to payday loans now, you are not financially stable enough to buy a home. Gone are the days when folks with poor credit could still get a mortgage.

    You need to find ways to increase your income and decrease your spending. Make a strict budget. Eliminate all the extras — cell phone, eating out, new clothes, premium cable and internet, etc. Maybe you should look into someplace with cheaper rent too.

    You have to learn to live within your means. Then you can work on cleaning up your bad credit and save money for a downpayment.

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    toots
    May 18, 2011 at 11:57 am

    You owe money, have trouble paying your bills already, and have bad credit…. hmmm. No lender in their right mind will lend money to you!!! They would have to finance over 100% of the debt (mortgage) and charge you a high interest rate.
    With so many mortgages falling into default (foreclosure) in the US, financial institutions are tightening up their loan qualifications, and since you would be considered high risk, it ain’t gonna happen. Period..

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    CPA/PFS
    May 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    First, payday loans are extremely dangerous. Especially if you do not have a sure fire way of re-paying them. Borrowing from payday lenders to pay rent is a huge warning sign.

    If you can’t pay your rent, you won’t be able to pay your mortgage.

    You are a classic example of why one needs an emergency fund. That should take priority over buying a house. You do not have the flexibility to handle life’s economic ups and downs. Only after that, should you consider buying a house.

    So here is my specific recommendation.

    Step 1 … pay off the payday lender.
    Step 2 … build an emergency fund.
    Step 3 … save up for a down payment.
    Step 4 … only after the above three should you buy a house.

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    Bibs
    May 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    1. Eat some humble pie and move to an $ 800.00 per month apartment.
    2. Cut back on cell phones, cars, motor cycles, and other toys, spending money in bars and restaurants.
    3. Eat some more humble pie. Are you trying to impress people with your life style? It’s not how much you make or spend that counts, but how much you save.

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    jade h
    May 18, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I think you need to improve your credit score. To find out specifically what you must do to raise your score, you can order your score report from all three national credit bureaus. In addition to your scoreyou still have to pay to find out your credit score, the three-digit number ranging from 300 to 850 that is the key to your borrowing costs.

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