Where can one get a mortgage or loan with a bad credit history?

Before you apply for a mortgage you need to get an updated copy of your credit report to make sure the information on it is accurate. If you have applied for a loan and have been turned down, ask the lender why. They will go over your credit report with you to discuss any negative impacts on your report. If you cannot find a lender who will approve you for a mortgage, look into a FHA loan. These are a federally insured loan that usually only require a 2% down payment.