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Home buyer's Guide to Better Credit

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Choosing a lender isn't the first step in becoming a homeowner. The quality of your wallet starts the home buying process. To become a homeowner, you must consider your FICO score along with the type of loan for which you'll qualify in Santa Clara County.

A FICO score is a collection of your years of credit history based on a model developed by Fair Isaac and Company. The score ranges from 300 to 850, with the majority of people normally having a score of 650. 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 just that and often means you can't get a decent interest rate. Some of the pieces 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 loans and credit cards?
  • Payment History — How often do you make late payments?
  • Credit to Debt Ratio — How much do you owe versus how much credit you have available?

Lenders want to be positive that allowing you a loan isn't a risk for them. Your credit score gives lenders an insight into 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. You can qualify for a mortgage loan with a lower score, but the interest paid in the long run could be more than double that of an individual having a higher FICO score.

Staying on top of your FICO score is the best way to ease into owning a home. Call me at 4089220202 and I can help you get on the right track to the home of your dreams.

You want an improved 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 credit score with quick fixes, but your score can improve in a year 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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  • Ensure that your credit history is correct. If you discover mistakes on your credit report, contact 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 pay extra attention to make sure the activity reported is correct.


  • Spread your debt around. At first, this doesn't seem like a good idea. But, you steer clear of having one card that is at the maximum and have your remaining cards at a zero balance. It's better to have each of your cards at a smaller balance than to have the majority of your debt taking up the balance a single card.


  • Chain Store cards and gas cards. For those who have no credit or less-than-stellar credit, store credit cards and gas credit cards are ways to improve credit, increase your spending limits and have a solid payment history, which will raise your credit. You must always avoid keeping a large balance for too long because these types of cards usually have a higher interest rate.


  • Keep your cards active. Whether you have older cards, or are just getting started with credit, be sure to use your cards to make sure your accounts maintain an active status. But, make sure you pay them off in no more than two or three payments.


  • Keep up with payments. Late payments kill your credit history. It's where people who have recently experienced job loss see the biggest dip in their credit score. Yes, it takes longer to restore your credit with payment history, but it's the most reliable way to prove that you're responsible enough to make payments to a bank.


Knowing the methods you can use to improve your credit score, you can move toward becoming a homeowner. Remember that when you're ready to apply for a loan to purchase a house, you'll want to keep your credit inquiries 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 can be a stress-free experience so you, too, can achieve home ownership.

To learn more, visit www.myFICO.com, Fair Isaac's informational site and review your credit history for free 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.

I work with all tiers of credit scores and can help you get back into home ownership with the best lending insitution for you. E-mail me at home2loan@gmail.com or call 4089220202 for additional information.

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