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Q: Mortgage ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: Mortgage
Category: Business and Money > Finance
Asked by: madmouse-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 30 May 2006 07:23 PDT
Expires: 29 Jun 2006 07:23 PDT
Question ID: 733635
Can I get a 30-year mortgage if I am in my 50's? My husband and I
don't have any money for a down payment, but we want to buy a house.
(My husband can get a VA loan, so, fortunately, we don't have to have
a down payment.)

I would assume that we would be able to pay it off in 15 or 20 years,
but I would like the flexibility of being able to make lower payments
if necessary.   I know that the lack of a down payment will make our
monthly payments higher, so I am trying to think of ways to make it
manageable. Also, would it be possible (or make any sense) for us to
apply for a mortgage together, since I have a better FICO score than
he does (although his is not bad), but he has a job and I don't at
this point?


Subject: Re: Mortgage
Answered By: cynthia-ga on 31 May 2006 18:04 PDT

I want to add to daniel's comment and flesh out a proper answer for
you. Not only can you get a mortgage, it is illegal for a lender to
refuse a mortgage based on the applicant's age.


Mortgage Discrimination

..."The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and the Fair Housing Act
(FHA) protect you against discrimination when you apply for a mortgage
to purchase, refinance, or make home improvements.

Your Rights Under ECOA 
The ECOA prohibits discrimination in any aspect of a credit transaction based on: 

--race or color; 
--national origin; 
--marital status; 
--age (provided the applicant has the capacity to contract); 
--the applicant?s receipt of income derived from any public assistance
program; and
--the applicant?s exercise, in good faith, of any right under the
Consumer Credit Protection Act, the umbrella statute that includes

As to the credit issue, I called my brother, he works in the real
estate industry.  If there is a big gap in your FICO scores, your best
bet would be to apply for a loan in your name only --for the best
rates. If the difference is not too much and you include your husband
on the loan the rates will be a bit higher.

Play around with these to help you decide which way to go:

Hope this helps, if you require more information please ask for clarification!


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Subject: Re: Mortgage
From: daniel2d-ga on 30 May 2006 19:45 PDT
Your age doesn't matter when obtaining a mortgage. Go to a mortgage
broker or bank and prequality for a mortgage.
Subject: Re: Mortgage
From: madmouse-ga on 31 May 2006 15:29 PDT
Okay, thanks.

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