How's Your FICO?

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Choosing a lender isn't the first step in becoming a homeowner. The content of your wallet starts the home buying process. To make your goal of homeownership realized, considering your credit score is a must along with the type of mortgage loan for which you'll qualify in San Jose.

A FICO score is a review of your years of credit history based on a model developed by Fair Isaac and Company. The score ranges from 300 to 850, with most people normally having a score of 650. In recent years, however, some borrowers have seen their score drop by hundreds of points because of loss of employment, charged off credit card accounts, or credit card accounts closed by the lender due to inactivity. Some of the factors in reviewing your FICO score include:

  • Payment History — How many late payments have you made?
  • Credit to Debt Ratio — How much do you owe versus your available credit?
  • Credit Inquiries — Do you have too many open accounts?
  • Types of Credit — Do you have a healthy mix of loans and credit cards?

Lenders want to be positive that giving you a loan is a safe move. Your FICO score gives lenders a view of what type of borrower you'd be solely because of your credit history. You'll need a score of at least 740 to get a satisfactory interest rate. If your score is less than that, you can still qualify for a loan, but the interest accumulated in the long run could be more than double that of an individual with a higher FICO score.

Improving your credit score is the best way to ease into purchasing a home. Contact us and we can help you get on the right track to the home of your dreams.

How do you boost your credit score? Building your FICO score takes time. It can be rare to make a significant change in your FICO score with small changes, but your score can improve in a year or two by monitoring your credit report and by wisely using credit. The most important thing is to know your FICO score. Here are some methods to improve your credit score:


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  • Stay on top of payments. Your FICO score plummets with each account that goes to collections. 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 this way, but it's the most reliable way to prove that you're able to make payments to a lender.
  • Correct your credit report. If you find 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 steer clear of having one card that is at the limit and have your remaining cards at a zero balance. It's better to have each of your cards at about less than 40% of their credit limit than to have all of your debt sitting on one card.
  • Apply for gas cards or department store credit. For those who have no credit or low credit, department store credit cards and gas credit cards are ways to improve credit, increase your spending limits and stay on top of your payments, which will raise your FICO score. You should always avoid holding a large balance for more than a couple of billing cycles because these types of cards more than likely have a larger interest rate.
  • Use your credit. Whether you have older cards, or are just getting started with credit, be sure to use your cards so that your accounts maintain an active status. But, make sure you pay them off in one or two payments.

Now that you know more about credit reporting, you'll be able to successfully take the first step in owning a home, and that is improving your FICO score. Remember that when it's time to apply for a loan to purchase a house, you'll want to keep your applications within a two-week window to avoid a negative mark on your credit score. With the help of Morgan Real Estate & Financial, Inc., shopping for a mortgage is sure to go more smoothly so you, too, can become a homeowner.

Learn more about FICO scores at myFICO.com, Fair Isaac's informational site and you can review all of your credit reports for free each year at annualcreditreport.com. And, for a small payment, you can get your FICO score from each bureau on their websites: equifax.com, experian.com and transunion.com.

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