A Score that Really Matters: Your Credit Score

Before lenders decide to give you a loan, they need to know if you're willing and able to pay back that mortgage. To figure out your ability to pay back the loan, lenders assess your debt-to-income ratio. To assess how willing you are to repay, they use your credit score.

Fair Isaac and Company developed the original FICO score to help lenders assess creditworthines. You can learn more on FICO here.

Credit scores only assess the info in your credit reports. They don't consider income or personal characteristics. Fair Isaac invented FICO specifically to exclude demographic factors. Credit scoring was developed to assess willingness to pay without considering other personal factors.

Your current debt level, past late payments, length of your credit history, and other factors are considered. Your score is calculated wtih positive and negative information in your credit report. Late payments will lower your score, but establishing or reestablishing a good track record of making payments on time will raise your score.

Your credit report must contain at least one account which has been open for six months or more, and at least one account that has been updated in the past six months for you to get a credit score. This history ensures that there is sufficient information in your credit to assign an accurate score. Some borrowers don't have a long enough credit history to get a credit score. They should build up a credit history before they apply for a loan.

At The Rate Kings Mortgage LLC, we answer questions about Credit reports every day. Call us at 6105723635.