Low credit score may not be barrier to new mortgage
DEAR BRUCE: >> My husband and I are ready to downsize and retire. We would like to sell our home for a townhouse or condo. We currently owe $317,760, and the house has been appraised for over $475,000.
Our problem is, due to our co-signing for college loans and some medical expenses, our credit score will never allow us to get a loan to purchase a house, even though we have been current on our house payments and most of our other bills.
I am currently making $82,000 a year and my husband earns over $2,000 a month in retirement and Social Security. In speaking with our accountant and reviewing our expenses and projected income after I retire, he feels that we could have a reasonably comfortable retirement. The key would be selling the house for a much smaller monthly mortgage payment than the $1,980 a month that we currently pay.
What advice can you give to prepare us for the application and approval process to purchase our retirement home? -N.C. DEAR N.C.: >> I don’t think you have such a big problem. You mentioned that you should be able to walk out of your house with $150,000 or more, which is not exactly chopped liver!
As to the fact that you have medical expenses on your credit report, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t get a mortgage. True, you may have to pay a little bit more for it, but reducing that $2,000-a-month mortgage payment would be well worth it. Further, you may want to consider one of the companies that seek out people with weak credit scores. Again, I don’t see a problem in securing the new mortgage. Make the effort. DEAR BRUCE: >> My brother bought my daughter a savings bond 48 years ago when she was born. He doesn’t remember where he bought it, and I have tried many ways to find it for her. Is this a lost cause, or can I retrieve this for her? -- Reader DEAR READER: >> You’re going to have to make a few phone calls, but there is a way to trace a lost bond. Make the effort to research it online and gather as much information as you can. This will make the search for the lost savings bond easier.
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