How's Your FICO?Choosing a lender isn't the first step in becoming a homeowner. The quality of your wallet begins the home buying process. Without an above average credit score, buying a house is more difficult and, you could end up renting for another couple of years in Bronx until your FICO score is acceptable.
A FICO score is a review of your years of credit history based on a model developed by Fair Isaac and Company. Most people traditionally have a score of 650, but scores range from 300 to 850. In recent years, however, some borrowers have seen their score drop dramatically after job loss, delinquent credit card accounts, or credit card accounts that were closed because they don't carry a balance. Some of the pieces in reviewing your FICO score include:
- Credit Inquiries — Do you have too many open accounts?
- Types of Credit — Do you have a healthy mix of loans and credit cards?
- Payment History — Do you pay your bills on time every month?
- Credit to Debt Ratio — How much do you owe versus your available credit?
In reviewing your credit history, you'll find that you actually have three reports. Experian, Equifax and TransUnion — three of the major credit reporting agencies — use a slightly different models to calculate your credit rating. FICO is used by Experian. Equifax's model is called BEACON and TransUnion uses EMPIRICA. As a result, you have three scores, one for each scoring model.
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 insight into what type of borrower you'll be solely because of your credit history. Because of the shift in the economy, most home buyers should have scores in the range of 700 or higher to get a decent interest rate. If your score is less than that, you can still qualify for a loan, but the interest accrued over time could be more than double the amount of an individual having a stronger FICO score.
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How do you get a stronger score? Building your FICO score takes time. At RICHARD GRECO REAL ESTATE, we know it's rare to make a large-scale change in your FICO score with small changes, but your score can improve in a year or two by keeping tabs your credit report and by using credit extended to you to raise your score, instead of ruin it. The best way to do this is to know your FICO score. You'll improve your credit score by using these helpful hints:
Knowing the methods you can use build your credit score, you're one step closer to becoming a homeowner. Remember that when it's time to apply for a loan to purchase a home, you'll want to keep your applications within a two-week window to avoid damaging your credit score. With the help of RICHARD GRECO REAL ESTATE, the loan application process is sure to go more smoothly so you, too, can achieve home ownership.
To learn more, visit 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.
At RICHARD GRECO REAL ESTATE we work with all levels of FICO 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 7185188588 for more information.