A Score that Really Matters: The Credit Score

Before deciding on what terms they will offer you a mortgage loan (which they base on their risk), lenders need to know two things about you: whether you can repay the loan, and how committed you are to repay the loan. To assess whether you can pay back the loan, they assess your income and debt ratio. To assess how willing you are to repay, they use your credit score.

The most commonly used credit scores are called FICO scores, which were developed by Fair Isaac & Company, Inc. Your FICO score ranges from 350 (high risk) to 850 (low risk). For details on FICO, read more here.

Credit scores only consider the info contained in your credit profile. They don't consider income or personal characteristics. Fair Isaac invented FICO specifically to exclude demographic factors like these. "Profiling" was as dirty a word when these scores were invented as it is now. Credit scoring was developed to assess willingness to repay the loan without considering other personal factors.

Your current debt load, past late payments, length of your credit history, and a few other factors are considered. Your score results from both positive and negative information in your credit report. Late payments lower your score, but establishing or reestablishing a good track record of making payments on time will improve your score.

For the agencies to calculate a credit score, borrowers must have an active credit account with a payment history of at least six months. This payment history ensures that there is enough information in your credit to assign a score. If you don't meet the minimum criteria for getting a score, you might need to establish a credit history before you apply for a mortgage loan.

Executive Lending Group can answer questions about credit reports and many others. Call us at 4056158543.

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