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3 Common Questions for First Time Home Buyers

by Dara Lewis 08/13/2018

Credit plays an important role in your ability to secure a home loan and to qualify for a low-interest mortgage. However, many first-time homebuyers aren’t aren’t sure about the exact relationship between credit scores and mortgages.

This doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering the many factors that go into your credit score and into your lender’s decision to approve you for a mortgage. So, in this article, we’re going to cover three commonly asked questions that homebuyers have about credit scores and how they’re used by mortgage lenders to determine your eligibility for a home loan.

Will my credit score go down if I check my credit report?

If you’re thinking of buying a home in the near future, one of the first things you’ll want to do is check your credit. However, if you’ve heard that some credit inquiries briefly lower your credit score you might be hesitant to find out.


This common misconception stems from the fact that taking out new lines of credit results in a temporary decrease in your credit score. The difference between checking your credit and a credit inquiry is simple: a credit check you can access for free online through a service like Credit Karma, whereas a credit inquiry is performed by a lender or creditor with whom you’ve applied for credit.

In short, checking your credit score online won’t affect your score. In fact, the major credit bureaus are required to allow you to check your credit for free once per year.

Can I get a loan with low credit?

Increasing your credit score is a lengthy process that requires careful financial management. Many people who have had difficulties paying off bills, loans, and credit cards will have to rebuild their credit. Or, if you’re young and don’t have a diverse history of credit payments, you’ll be starting from scratch to build your score.

If you’re hoping to get an FHA (first-time homeowner loan), the lowest your score can be is 580. However, that doesn’t mean you should always take a loan with a low credit score. When you don’t have a good credit history, lenders will seek other ways to guarantees their investment. This comes in the form of higher interest rates or PMI (private mortgage insurance) which you’ll have to pay on top of your monthly home insurance and mortgage payments.

Will applying for a home loan affect my credit?

Simply stated, yes. However, applying for a loan or get preapproved is considered a credit inquiry and won’t leave any lasting negative on your credit score. Making several inquiries within a short period of time, however, can significantly lower your score, so choose your inquiries wisely. And, be sure to monitor your credit score on a monthly basis so you have an idea of where you stand along the road to applying for a home loan.

About the Author

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Dara Lewis
Dara Lewis re-joined the housing industry in 2015 after two years of living in the Caribbean. Her previous experience includes over 12 years in the multi-family housing industry within North Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana-managing, and leasing apartment communities for REIT's, as well as individual owners/investors. Now a licensed realtor in Maryland, Dara obtained her ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative) and NAR green professional designations in 2016, and has been a member of WOMEN'S COUNCIL OF REALTORS since 2015. At the beginning of 2018, Dara is proud to have successfully achieved membership into the Real Estate Million Dollar Association (REMDA). Dara is an active member of Trinity Church in Towson, is the volunteer coordinator of the Towson High School Sports Boosters Bull Roast and enjoys assisting the Towson High School Music Boosters whenever possible. Dara is a graduate of Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, and enjoys traveling around the world, as well as watching her sons play soccer from the sidelines. Dara is ready and excited to help you with all your real estate needs. Read More Specialties and Designations Works With First Time Home Buyers, Country Homes, Resale Residential, Suburban Living, Urban Living, Single Family Homes and Townhomes ABR Cities Served Baltimore, Bel Air, Cockeysville, Cockeysville Hunt Valley, Forest Hill, Glen Arm, Hereford, Loch Raven, Lutherville, Lutherville Timonium, Monkton, Owings Mills, Parkton, Parkville, Perry Hall, Pikesville, Reisterstown, Ruxton, Sparks, Timonium, Towson, Westminster, White Hall, White Marsh Counties Served Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Baltimore City