How Your Credit Can Make It or Break It for You

    With interest rates still at record lows, and the housing market showing signs of improvement, now is the ideal time to invest in Gulfport real estate. To ensure that you’re ready for your new purchase, you’ll want to get your finances in order to help strengthen your appeal toward mortgage lenders. 
     
    Check Your Credit Rating
     
    After you’ve found the home of your dreams and have applied for a loan is not the best time to check your credit rating. You can start the process as you begin your home search. This way you can look over your credit history and check for any inaccuracies. If you find any blemishes, you can get them rectified immediately.

    Gulfport real estate and your credit score

     Develop Solid Credit History
     
    Paying cash for everything may be a great way to stay out of debt, but it can be difficult for a lender to approve your loan. Lending institutions want to see how you handle your money and whether you pay your bills on time. To develop solid credit history, concentrate on obtaining one credit card and pay it off on time each month. Someone with little credit history has a better chance of securing a loan than an individual with too many credit cards. Consolidating your debt into one credit card can strengthen your credit rating.
     
    Budget
     
    In addition to a favorable credit rating, you need to have a plan in place to help you save money. Put together a budget to determine your needs such as rent, food, utilities and gasoline. Look over your expenses and see if there are any areas that you can tweak. If you go out to dinner several times a week, try cutting back to only once. For those that enjoy a daily latte at their favorite shop, try making your favorite blend at home instead. Put the money that you would have spent on these luxuries in a savings account to help ensure a substantial down payment on your Gulfport real estate purchase. 

    Testimonials

    “As a first time home buyer, I didn’t really know of what to expect. After meeting with Amanda and talking with her the first time, I felt comfortable enough to ask lots of questions and she was very patient with me. As we closed on our house today, I cannot be any happier that Amanda’s team is the one that helped me along the way. She has gone above and beyond my expectations. Thank you to your team for a great job!”
    Sarah Russell