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Construction loan wanted

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Construction loan wanted

The wife and I would like to get a construction loan around April 2018. Our debt to income would be around 30%. Our FICO 3B mortgage scores EQ 615,TU 631, EXP 644, hers EQ 644, TU 667,EXP 701. I would have around 25K to put down which would be around 10% down. We do have bruised credit with lates, charge offs and 1 collection. Those were all paid about 15 months ago. We do have a chapter 7 on our credit that will be 10 years old next month so I am assuming it should fall off. Our current accounts


Student loan that was refinance paying on time for 6 months

car loan I just made first payment

Authorized user on Discover card 0 balance

U.S bank $40

2 store cards with 0 balance

My wife

Student loan paying on time for 16 months

Discover card 0 balance

Authorized user U.S. bank $40

Car loan paying on time for 26 months

What can I do? If anything to be ready this spring.


Thanks in advance for the advice.


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Re: Construction loan wanted

Someone told me that car leases under 10 months remaining are not counted in your DTI for mortgages. If this is true that drops my DTI to 25% with the projected mortgage payment. Since my wife will only have about 6 months left on her lease in April.

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Re: Construction loan wanted

No new applications / inquiries. 


If possible, keep all cards except one at a zero balance, letting one report an amount between $10 and 8.9%.


And don't apply 'til the BK drops off of your report and you can see what your scores actually turn out to be.  Then you'll be better able to assess (and work with others to assess) your options.

2019 Goal: 800+ across the board (my sole 30-day late drops in Q1 2019)
2018 Goals: garden, 750+ across the board, garden, put away 3 months' savings, garden

Experian is the canary in my coal mine.

EQ773 (Bankcard)6 INQ (4 CC, 2 mort)
EX7388 INQ (4 CC, 2 HELoan, 2 mort)
TU7916 INQ (4 CC, 2 mort)
6/24 < 8% AAoA TBD | AoYA 0m | AoOA 19y 2m
Take the myFICO Fitness Challenge [ Last INQ 11-May-2018 ]
Gardening 'til Q1 2019
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