INTERESTED IN BUYING A HOME? Fact is, you may not be able to play today if you didn't pay yesterday!

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI

Another great post from a peer in the RAIN.  I have had 19 clients this year that need to print and post this following article where they can read it daily.  I am sure that many more of my readers can benefit from the straight talk from Lenn.

Truth is as a buyer (and sometimes as a seller) you really need to be upfront with your agent during the buying process.

Topic for today is: Pay to Play.  Take notes-  give me a call if I can help you buy or sell in SW Missouri-  I have had several success stories so far this year.  It isn't always easy but it can be worth it, give me a call to discuss your needs.-  Of course if you have perfect credit and a good down payment, you can call me too-  I don't discriminate on who I work with.  be good  cw

Original content by Lenn Harley 303829;0225082372

INTERESTED IN BUYING A HOME?  Fact is, you may not be able to play today if you didn't pay yesterday!

A GOOD CREDIT RATING IS A CONSUMER'S MOST VALUABLE ASSET.  The Tax Credit and low interest rates have inspired many folks to consider buying buying a home who never seriously considered that alternative to renting.  After all, it's the thing to do these days.  Or is it??

Fact is, you can't play if you didn't pay. . .  OR, until you pay.

Inspired by a timely post by Ellen & Coc Stephens about credit repair, I suspect that many ActiveRain agents and loan officers have had contacts from consumers who want to buy, but are just simply not credit worthy.  Hardly a day goes by that I do not receive a phone call from a consumer who has paid $Thousands of Dollars to a "credit repair" company only to find that their credit has not improved. 

Working with a competent loan officer who will tell folks what they really need to do to be able to qualify for a mortgage loan is the best way. Credit Repair Or, if they really need the structure of a service to manage their money, consider. . . .

CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING.  If it's really out of the consumer's hands, CCC is the only way to go.  They are non-profit and a mortgage loan can be obtained with CCC as a credit reference. 

Folks just have to understand that bad credit didn't happen to them, they made it happen.  They have to clean it up.

Many folks have filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in past years to liquidate their bad debt.  Sadly, their credit report shows late payments in the past 6 months.  WHAT????? 

AFTER BANKRUPTCY.  Yes, you can obtain a mortgage loan after bankruptcy.  2-4 years following discharge, a consumer can obtain a mortgage loan IF, THEY HAVE. . .

  • Established new credit
  • Made payments on time
  • Have no late payments
  • Qualify for the payment
  • Write a good explanation for the cause of the bankruptcy
  • More depending on your individual cause of the bankruptcy.

No, it isn't automatic.  If you have damaged your credit in the past, you will have to earn the ability to obtain a mortgage loan.  Folks who filed bankruptcy because of medical expenses will find it easier than folks with discharged consumer credit debt.

If you sold your home through a short sale in the past year, it is unlikely that you'll be able to get a mortgage loan today.  I have received several calls with this scenario, often within months of a Short Sale.  Not likely to happen. 


  • Stay out of the mall.
  • Make credit card and other payments when they come in the mail, not a day before the due date.
  • Don't shop for automobiles while considering buying a home.
  • Don't co-sign for anything for anyone.
  • Develop a plan for saving that extra money rather than spending it.
  • Stay out of the mall.

GOOD LUCK!!   There can be a wonderful home owning experience in your future. 


                           Home Buyers



Lenn Harley

Courtesy, Lenn Harley, Broker,, 800-711-7988.  Helping home buyers in Maryland and Northern Virginia.  .

To Search for Homes for Sale in Maryland and Northern Virginia, visit our HOMESDATABASE site for buyers who would like to tour the real estate listings on line with photos, prices, descriptions and features. 

WE CAN HELP!  Ask about the FREE One Year Home Warranty for all Leesburg home buyers


Comments (3)

Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hi Cheryl~ I had to really laugh at Lenn for stating not once, but twice, to stay out of the mall!  Good seeing you around.....

Oct 17, 2009 08:22 AM
Lina Robertson
RE/MAX Solutions and RE/MAX House of Brokers - Springfield, MO
REALTOR® Serving Springfield, Nixa and Ozark, MO

Cheryl - I hope you're feeling better!

Oct 17, 2009 09:43 AM
Cheryl Willis
RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI - Mount Vernon, MO
MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law

Vickie, I can't even keep count of the buyers this year that have not gotten the home b/c of credit issues. I always make them swear they won't buy anything, sell anything etc... without checking with their lender first.  Had a gal quite her job 2 wks before closing b/c she wanted the time off to  pack.  (In her defense she was going to look for another job in the same field.) 

Lina, I am making sure I get better for the Convention.

Oct 17, 2009 02:28 PM