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Are Credit Scores Reliable Bases for Home Mortgage Loans?

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By : John Cutts    99 or more times read
A person who has experienced foreclosure has permanently imprinted a bad record on himself, decreasing his chances of getting approved for a home mortgage loan. This is because when a person is being evaluated for loan approval, his credit score will be considered.

A personís credit score is a number that determines whether a person is worthy to be awarded a loan, or a similar financial transaction. This is based on statistical data that represents a personís years of bank records and other documents supporting his financial status. Banks and other companies that offer lending services, use credit scores to evaluate the risks entailed in releasing money to a certain individual or group. In turn, this helps banks and other lenders to prepare better for mitigating home mortgage loans that are not paid for.

With the recent dip in the US and world economy, a lot of homeowners lost their houses to foreclosures due to failure to pay their home mortgages. Since credit scores are ultimately based on on-time payments, a personís credit score will be significantly lower if he is not able to pay on time. However, there are more factors to consider in evaluating a personís ability to pay for a loan, especially now as people are recovering from a financial crisis.

For example, a person purchased a house worth $500,000 three years ago. Back then, his credit score was 700. This made him get the house with not much trouble. With the financial crisis affecting him, he lost his job and was therefore not able to pay his mortgage for some time. This then affects his credit score. It may have dipped so low that he will not be able to avail of other home mortgage loans.

However, he now has a new job and is in a better financial state than before. This would not affect his credit score much, and would instead still consider his old records and credit score based on his old home mortgage.

There should be some rethinking done in evaluating the capabilities of a person to get a loan. There are more factors than what statistical data can measure. People should instead be interviewed and assessed correctly according to more important factors rather than old home mortgage records.
John Cutts has been educated in the finer points of the foreclosure market over 5 years.

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