Hi! I am wanting to buy a home before the end of the year .. I have been pre-qualified (they are working on a pre-approval now) with an estimated interest rate of 5.49%. My credit scores (provided by the mortgage broker company) are:
It seems (from credit simulators available through my bank and credit card) that I could increase my credit score noticeably (an estimated 70 points) by getting a personal loan for about $4500 and paying my credit card down to 9%. The difference in the current minimum monthly credit card payment and the new loan payment would be $10 or $15 and would not affect my DTI ratios. My current utilization is 74% (2 credit cards ... 1 with a zero balance
The pre-qualification loan paperwork indicated a $265000 loan with a 5% down payment. I am going to try to stay between $235000 and $250000 for the actual purchase price. I will be buying in the Phoenix Arizona area.
So ... my two questions are:
1. Is 5.49% a reasonable interest rate?
2. Should I look into getting a personal loan for my credit card debt?
Thanks for your help!
That rate seems a bit high to me with those scores. I was pretty close to those scores (669 middle score) and I got a rate of 4.25. This was about 60 days ago I was given that rate (here in Middle Tennesse).
I would suspect you could get a lower rate than that.
The personal loan might help with your mortgage scores. Mortgage scores are especially sensitive to CC debt. So the fact in transferring these to a non-revolving credit may help those scores. I am not expert in this categoy, so it may be worth consulting with a Mortgage broker before doing this.
You definitely want to get your scores up because that will improve your interest rate & lower your monthly PMI.
You can also improve the rate & PMI by going with a Home Possible loan if your income is under the limit.