Liens, garnishments, etc., typically are indicators of an unstable borrower. Any judgments, garnishments, or liens must be paid in full. Prior to closing, proof that the judgment, garnishment or lien has been cleared must be obtained; this can be reflected through a clear credit report supplement or a paid receipt form from the creditor. IRS tax liens also must be paid in full. Standard property tax liens do not have to be recorded as paid in full since they are not yet due or payable. Also, the borrower is obligated to provide a satisfactory letter of explanation.
Child support payments must be brought current, and specific documentation from the credit reporting agency evidencing this fact must be in the file with NO EXCEPTIONS! Because of the seriousness of the delinquency/default, which in many states can cause incarceration , a letter from the court or the legal authority responsible for collection in the city/state (e.g. district attorney, sheriff, etc.) is acceptable. A letter from an ex-spouse and copies of personal checks are not acceptable, nor is an agreed upon, but not yet completed, payment plan.
There are a good number of reporting agencies that can provide you your credit score. Three of the leading services for this are:
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