The End of NJ First Time Home Buyer Mortgages for Buyers Below 620 FICO Scores
by Steve Kappre, NJ Loan Officer
It was a nice run while it lasted, and over the last 6-12 months we were effectively able to put quite a few NJ first time home buyers into homes. As of March 15, 2010, NJ HMFA (Smart Start, Tax Prefund, and other options) will not allow a borrower to have a middle credit score below 620.
Another tightening of guidelines will no longer allow buyers to use alternative credit and have no credit score. In the past, a lender could fund such a loan by placing 4 trade-lines that were not already on a credit report (i.e. cell phone bill, auto insurance, gym membership). Now if this is done and there still is no credit score, the loan can not be approved per NJ HMFA guidelines.
It is another blow in the world of mortgage financing.
There ARE some good buyers out there that have credit scores slightly below 620 that would make solid home owners. It is unfortunate that these guidelines restrict otherwise solid home owners. But the line has to be drawn somewhere. This makes the knowledge and understanding of credit scores and reports more important than ever!
With the end of NJ first time home buyer programs for buyers with credit scores below 620, it is more important than ever to work with a highly qualified, local mortgage loan officer. If your credit is marginal or below 620, call today for advice on how to raise your score to qualify for the Smart Start, Tax Prefund, or other HMFA program.
Steve Kappre is a mortgage loan officer in New Jersey. For more info or questions feel free to contact Steve.
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