Scoring Your Credit
Most people assume that the home buying process starts with getting pre-approved by a lender or with choosing a real estate agent. In reality, the home buying process starts with your finances. To propel your dreams of homeownership forward, you must consider your FICO score along with the type of loan for which you'll qualify in Columbus Metro.
The Fair Isaac Company calculates your FICO score on the summary of your complete credit history. Most people usually have a score of 650, but scores are tiered from 300 to 850. Even though more people these days are experiencing job loss and delinquent credit cards, FICO scores aren't necessarily adjusted "on a curve." A low score is a low score and that often means you can't get credit. Some of the factors in deciding your FICO score are:
- Credit Inquiries — Do you have too many open accounts?
- Types of Credit — Do you have a healthy mix of credit cards and loans?
- Payment History — How many late payments have you made?
- Credit to Debt Ratio — How much do you owe versus how much credit you have available?
When you apply for a mortgage or any other loan, lenders want to make sure that extending a loan to you isn't a risk. Your FICO score gives lenders a view of what type of borrower you are based solely on your credit history. Because of the shift in the economy, most home buyers should have scores in the range of 740 or higher to get a decent interest rate. If your score is lower, you can still qualify for a loan, but the interest accrued in the long run could be more than double the amount of someone having a near perfect credit score.
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You want a higher score, but how do you get it? Improving your FICO score takes time. It can be hard to make a large-scale change in your FICO score with small changes, but your score can improve in a few years by keeping tabs your credit report and by wisely using credit. The most important thing is to know your FICO score. You'll improve your credit score by using these tips:
- Correct your credit report. If you discover incorrect items on your credit report, write to the bureau requesting that the item be removed. If you have a common name or the same name as a family member, you'll want to give extra care to make sure the activity reported is correct.
- Even out your debt. At first, this doesn't sound like a good idea. But, you don't want to have one card that is holding the maximum and have your remaining cards at a zero balance. It's better to have each of your cards at about 20% of their credit limit than to have the bulk of your debt taking up the balance a single card.
- Chain Store cards and gas station cards. For those who have no credit or low credit, department store credit cards and gas credit cards are ways to start your credit history, increase your credit limits and have a solid payment history, which will raise your FICO score. You should always avoid maintaining a high balance for too long because these types of cards more than likely have a steeper interest rate.
- Don't let your cards get dusty. Whether you're just getting started with credit, or if you've got older cards, use your cards so that your accounts stay active. But, make sure you pay them off in one or two payments.
- Pay on time. Payment history is a huge factor in your FICO score. It's where people who have recently been unemployed see the biggest hit in their credit score. Yes, it takes longer to restore your credit with payment history, but it's the surest way to show that you're responsible enough to make payments to a bank.
Now that you know more about credit reporting, you'll be able to successfully take the first steps to homeownership, and that is improving your FICO score. Keep in mind that when you're ready to apply for a loan to purchase a house, you'll want to keep your lender applications within a two-week window to avoid damaging your credit score. With the help of Duros Realty Co., the loan application process can be a stress-free experience so you, too, can become a homeowner.
Get more information by visiting www.myFICO.com, Fair Isaac's informational site and once per year, for free, you can review all three of your credit reports at www.annualcreditreport.com. And, for a small payment, you can get your FICO score from each bureau on their websites: www.equifax.com, www.experian.com and www.transunion.com.
We won't judge you based on your credit scores and can help you get back into home ownership with the right lending insitution for you. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (614) 519-3357 for more information.