Do credit cards help you get a mortgage ? Most financial folks say having credit cards (which you pay off) are good to help build your credit score and thus help you get a mortgage. This is true, but far too often this idea is used as a sales pitch for credit cards.
Does the Credit Limit on every credit card you have counts against you for your mortgage?
The person we dealt with at our bank did a credit check on us, when we applied for our mortgage and gave us a report that looked like this.
- Credit Card 1 Balance $0 Credit Limit $1000
- Store Credit Card 1 Balance $0 Credit Limit $2000
- Credit Card 2 Balance $0 Credit Limit $2500
- Store Credit Account 1 Balance $500 Credit Limit $5000 (we were buying a couch on a zero % interest deal)
We were then informed we had been OK’d for a mortgage balance of $X , taking into consideration my income, and our down payment. We were then informed that the real balance they would allow us to borrow would be lower.
$X - ( $1000 + $2000 + $2500 + $5000 )
The explanation given was the calculation done needed to include the potential debt load I might add with those extra debt vehicles. This made sense to me, and we got our Mortgage.
There are reports that this potential debt load is no longer being considered by some vendors? How could any sane lender not take this into consideration?
Question for Readers
Did your lender ask about credit cards, also did the credit cards count against your mortgage loan level ? I have had differing answers from different folks.