Advantages of Buying a Home After Bankruptcy

By: Devora Witts

When you have gone through a Bankruptcy process, your ability to get finance is shattered. Then, restoring your credit is the first measure you need to take. Resorting to a mortgage loan in order to buy a home can be the solution to this problem and it will bring along other benefits.

After Bankruptcy Is Discharged

Immediately after bankruptcy is discharged your credit score is bottom low. What you need to do is start preparing for applying by increasing your credit score as much as possible. To do so, you need to meet all your payments on time, and start building some credit.

Small steps to improve your credit score can be taken safely. Get a secured credit card and start using it to buy what you would otherwise pay in cash. The Credit Card issuer will inform credit agencies of your timely payments and this will increase your credit score. You can then request small personal loans or get an unsecured credit card to keep improving your credit score. Make sure to pay your balances in full and never miss payments.

Once some months have passed after your bankruptcy has been discharged, you will be able to apply for a home loan. Usually after 6 months since the discharge, lenders will not object your application due to your past bankruptcy. If your income is good enough, you will surely get approved and if you get declined you can always resort to saving some money in order to offer down payment or asking someone to act as a co-signer in order to guarantee approval.

Home Ownership Advantages

Becoming a home owner will contribute to recovering from bankruptcy. This financial transaction has many advantages, not only will you become the owner of your home, but the mortgage loan will really contribute to improving your credit score and building a clean credit history.

Bankruptcy will remain in your credit report for many years. Thus, in order to restore your ability to get finance (especially unsecured loans and credit cards), you need to raise your credit score and show no blemishes following your bankruptcy in your credit report history.

Raising Your Credit Score And Improving Credit History

Your rank will have to travel a long way till it reaches a Good Credit Score tag again. You have already made the first steps, and your monthly mortgage loan payments will do the next. A continual history of timely payments on your home loan will be reported by your lender to credit agencies and your credit score improvement process will be given a boost.

Other Benefits

Owning your home will also let you apply for home equity loans in the future. Home equity can be built either by repaying your mortgage or by an increase in the value of your property. When this happens, you will be able to request a loan and secure it with the property's equity which will reduce not only the requisites you will have to meet but also the interest rate you will have to pay saving you thousands of dollars.

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