Ask Paul: I'm 50, can I fix my credit score in time to buy a house?
I fractured my skull in the Royal Australian Navy 30 years ago and have developed epilepsy.
I went into a massive depression and PTSD and turned to drugs and gambling as a pain reliever.
Thanks to the staff at National Centre for Veteran's Health, I am very much cured and moving on with life.
I am now due for a substantial amount of compensation, however, due to my previous gambling habit, I have totally ruined my credit score. I just wanted to know if there was anything I could do to repair my score and if so how would I go about it.
I'm 50 years old and have never thought about being a first home buyer, so any general advice you could give would be greatly appreciated. - Sean
Wow, you have really been through a wringer, Sean.
I was getting very nervous for you as I started reading your email, but that quickly changed as you described the role of the staff at the National Centre for Veterans Health.
This service has been mentioned to me, very positively, by other veterans. I can't begin to tell you how delighted I am that with their support and I know a great deal of effort by you, that you have really turned your life around.
Congratulations, that required a great deal of personal commitment
You mention substantial compensation, so I imagine that this means a very significant home deposit.
With this and I presume a services pension, you should have the key to what a lender wants. I am sure the National Centre for Veterans Health can be a reference here, but your recovery, a substantial deposit and income to meet any repayments on a mortgage will make any lender willing to work with you, feel very positive about you
One thought is to ask The Veterans Health people if they have a "recommended" list of lenders used to dealing with veterans, but armed with honesty, a pot of money and reliable income, I am sure lenders will be very happy to talk to you.
My best wishes for your future Sean.
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