Home shoppers not deterred by credit, money issues

Today's market offers several paths to home ownership

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"What is your credit score?" That was the question one of my best friends asked me at lunch a few weeks ago. After the six of us at the table shared our FICO (Fair Isaac Corp.) scores, my friend proceeded to tell us how one of his former apartment tenants just bought a condo even though his FICO score is only about 600. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. The rest of us were very surprised. Then we realized, today there is a home loan for virtually everybody who has a decent job and who wants to own a home, regardless of their credit. CHECK YOUR CREDIT BEFORE SHOPPING FOR A HOME. As savvy home buyers and their real estate buyer's agents know, it's smart to check your credit reports before shopping for a home. Fix any errors before applying for a mortgage so you will get the best possible interest rate and terms. Although you can obtain one free credit report each year from each of the three nationwide credit bureaus, Experian, Equifax and Trans Union, at, tha...