Don’t Play Chicken with Your Creditors

In a perfect world I would tower over most at an imposing height of 6’5”. In that same perfect world potential home buyers wouldn’t have to contend with credit disputes. Lately I’ve seen a lot of hiccups in mortgage processing with Fannie, Freddie and FHA due to judgments and liens and even minor credit disputes that hold up the works.

These are the types of “gotchas” we must get our arms around as soon as possible. It’s one of the many reasons I conduct such a thorough consultation/investigation when I first meet with a client.

The Mortgage Process is Like a Project

With the ultimate goal in mind, you must assemble the steps that constitute the plan while giving priority to long-lead items. By allowing sufficient time to complete those tasks they cannot pose conflict with subsequent ones.

What I’m saying is, even if it means paying off a minor balance you are disputing or submitting a letter to rescind a dispute so your mortgage process can proceed, you can move on with your life (and home purchase!).

How do our friends at Wikipedia define playing chicken? “The principle of the game is that while each player prefers not to yield to the other, the worst possible outcome occurs when both players do not yield.”

At the end of the day, sometimes you need to back down in order to win.

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