Finance & Budgeting

Homeownership For Low Income Persons Is Possible

Honestly, when you are struggling financially and living at home still with your parents owning your own home is just a dream you hope to attain but feel will never be reached. Budgeting helps you improve your score. It makes life a lot brighter and you begin to see that homeownership for low-income persons is possible, but takes some work to achieve. If you haven’t pulled your credit score and report yet, do so – pick one of the reporting bureaus to check and review. Only do one every three to four months. Be sure to get your score with the report.

First, Know your Credit Score

Your score must fall into one of the following levels:

  • 720 and higher = very good
  • 680 to 719 = good
  • 640 to 679 = fair
  • 580 to 639 = poor
  • 579 or lower = badIf you fall between 640 and lower, you have some work today – grab your credit report you just pulled up and copied and begin reviewing. Make sure you have a highlighter to mark anything on your report that looks suspicious or problematic. I pulled my Equifax report first, and the score was slightly below 640 – so I know I have some work to do scrutinizing the report very closely with marker and pen in hand.


Second, Know the Home Loan Availability to Your FICO Score

Here is a list of loans available and the FICO score estimate attached for the best results. However, no guarantees – you must be pre-qualified to receive one of them:

  • FHA Loan – 580+ credit score (500-579 score is possible but unlikely)
  • VA Loan – 620+ credit score (some lenders require 580)
  • USDA Loan – 640+ credit score FHA 203K Loan – 620+ credit score
  • Conventional Loan – 620+ credit score

Then, Get Pre-Approved before Looking

Most all real estate agencies have a loan agent on staff or know of one, who you can use to get started. When you are pre-approved you know what your price range is and are aware of your limits. When I graduated from High School I had a goal in mind, if I had not married and had children by 40 I would get my first home. Well, I never anticipated the damage credit cards can do back then, so when I hit 40 I was a prisoner of debt. Sadly I had to accept the fact that I may never get my own place, but at least I had my mom there – her faith and love for her children was what kept me going.

After her untimely death in 2001 due to diabetic complications, I went into my third and thank God final (I hope) down turn. It was my stepdad that gave me the inspiration to find a way for ‘he always saw me ‘as one to achieve’ and now had I let him down? Well, I couldn’t let that happen and found a way, for which I am now trying to help others.

So, now that I have digressed here – make sure you get pre-approved and know what you can and cannot afford.

Finally, Yes! There is a Home Out there for you too!

Now almost 20 years later, I have that home of my own and all the worries that go with it. Loving it though! ;} My only regret is I wish I had done it sooner while mom was still alive – she would have had fun helping me fix it up. Today I own my first real home – a manufactured one but I love it, in the town of Kingston, Massachusetts. So, you see it is possible – but you always need a budget and hard work to keep things going. Oh yes, and have a close walk with God.


Now, Let’s Hear Your Story! Are You Still Struggling?

I hope this has given some hope and inspiration to never give up on your dreams. They are still possible, but like anything take a lot of work and endurance, as well as patience. Now maintaining the budget, well that ensures it will never be taken away. If you have any questions, please leave them with your comments below.

10 replies on “Homeownership For Low Income Persons Is Possible”

The only thing I’m hanging unto is my home and though my budget is running very low to maintain the ownership of it, yet, I ain’t giving up till I get to the end of the rope. Thanks for sharing these tips with me, it goes a long way. Our stories are almost similar and I’m glad you shared because I believe that if you can achieve it, I will ve able to pull it through too. I guess I need to check my credit score first before knowing the next step to take. Thumbs up

Growing up, finances was something you didn’t discuss.  I think it is something that NEEDS discussing and helps people see their struggles are nothing new.  You can do it too, Shelley, I have faith in you.  ;}

Wow, this isn’t a bad one at all. I have been staying with my parents for a long long time now and even though they don’t complain because it’s a big house, I think it’s not ideal. I need to move and build my own family as well elsewhere though it’s never been easy for me because I know what it costs to own a home around here. Thankfully, with your tips, I can help myself and own my first home just like you. I’ll check  and see and hopefully I’m not below 540. Thanks for sharing this.

You are welcome John, and it is important to know checking your own credit does not affect your score. People think the bigger the better, but I am just happy with a smaller home that I can call my own. Never give up on your dreams!

Hi Donna.

This was really helpful to me. Thank you so much for this words of wisdom and enlightenment. I must say I am inspired and challenged.

i have been struggling financially for quite some time now but reading through this post has just made me to realize that my problem is that I never had any proper budgeting system and financial goals.

All thanks to you, I am already making plans to get my home and move out of my parents home

Your welcome, keep us posted on your success and any snags along the way. I think it is helpful to know we are not alone.

There are lots of people out there who are living on real small income but to do some great things like having their own home as it is in this post but don’t really know how to go managing their money to help achieve such result. I was a low-income earner myself until I got some tips on how to go about managing my money and following it bit but, I got to save some money and got my own apartment. In all, it all goes down to saving money.

Well, for some apartment life is all they can afford, but they will never own it. For me, I always wanted something I could own and feared I may have been in the apartment lot – but, something clicked and well I couldn’t be happier. You have to work hard to achieve success, and that can be hard in itself.

Thank you so much for this wonderful piece of information, I am inspired by your story and how you later get a home for yourself, I have been in this type of situation where my income was not really enough to pay the bills talkless of getting a home for myself but I am glad got a knowledge of budgeting early in life and I was able to make a way for myself. 

Your welcome, Charles!  I use to think I was alone in my struggles, and embarrassed.  Now I realize I am not, and others can benefit by just opening the dialogue.  Make sense?

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