5 Tips to help you buy a house after bankruptcy?
1) Get a co-signer. Even if you do not qualify for a loan on your own, a co-signer can help you borrow money. As a result, both you and your co-signer build a loan payment history. For example, a car loan is one typical situation where having a co-signer helps you walk off that car lot in your new car. Again, there are lenders who will reduce that overall cost of the loan
2) Become an authorized user on someone else’s credit card. Even if someone else pays for the credit card balance each month, adding you as a signer helps you build credit.
3) Apply for a secured credit card. Since you need to build credit with no credit, you need to establish yourself as a trustworthy person. If you do not have any credit history, you will need to start with a “secured” credit card. There are many lenders who can provide a secured credit card – but be sure to compare the terms of each. This is an area that requires much more detail than we discuss in this high-level article, but you can look at our other in-depth articles about Choosing the Right Secured Card, here. For example, some cards have fees that will forever cripple your ability to restore your credit, and that make ‘payday loans’ look good in comparison.
4) Apply for a credit-builder loan. You can build credit without credit by borrowing money where the lender guarantees to report your loan payment history to the credit bureaus. This helps you build a credit profile. A credit builder loan has many variable terms, so they can, too, vary in terms on their real ability to help you establish credit. We talk in-depth about Credit Builder Loans on this article.