When you first thought about purchasing a home, you probably jumped online to do some basic research. You may have wondered about what information you need to share with a lender or mortgage broker to buy a home. Here's one piece of the puzzle: Lenders want to verify that you have a good debt-to-income (DTI) ratio. But what exactly is a DTI ratio? Your DTI … [Read more...] about How to Calculate Debt-to-Income Ratio (DTI) Yourself
When you're getting ready to buy a house, your lender will want to see your credit score, a three-digit number that represents how well you pay back debt. Before you apply for a mortgage, keep in mind that your credit score represents one of the most important aspects of qualifying for a mortgage, but it's not the only qualification. So, what credit score is needed … [Read more...] about What Credit Score is Required to Buy a House?
Credit scores are a fact of life for Americans in the 21st-century, but credit scores haven’t always existed. Without credit scores, lenders might still be relying on handshakes and other subjective measures to determine credit-worthiness. Doing so would leave millions of Americans without access to the sort of capital necessary to buy a home or run a business. The invention … [Read more...] about A History of Credit Scores and Credit Reporting