I recently got married and want to buy a house in a year. Problem is, my husband bought one about a year and a half ago (before we got married). He cannot take out another mortgage yet so it will have to be in my name. I have poor/fair credit but am trying to fix it. I messed up my credit when I was 18 (those first time savings are tempting!), let it get bad until two years ago, and have raised my score almost 70 points since March.Its still not good enough though. I have a new secured credit card which should help, but I also have three student loans in deferment. Is it better to wait for my score to improve since some negative things will be cleared from my credit report within 6-8 months, or take the smallest loan out of deferment and start paying it off? We need to save for a down payment, but a good credit score is important too.