How to Buy a House With Bad Credit

It's challenging to buy a house with bad credit. It helps to have a down payment.
Holden Lewis
Hal M. Bundrick, CFP®
By Hal M. Bundrick, CFP® and  Holden Lewis 
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Edited by Beth Buczynski Reviewed by Michelle Blackford

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Buying a house with bad credit — or, more accurately, a low credit score — can be challenging, but it’s not impossible.

Purchasing a home requires having money for a down payment, a solid history of paying your bills over at least the past year or two and a steady income. You’ll also need to meet the lender’s minimum credit score requirements. While higher credit scores earn more favorable loan terms, it's still possible to buy a home with bad credit.

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