Wednesday, February 26, 2020 / by Ryan Huemmer
Want to buy a home……...you need to know your credit score.
Credit scores range from 300 to 850.
There are some free websites available where you can monitor and view your credit score.
Credit Karma offers an updated score every week and it doesn’t affect your credit score or count as an inquiry. You can see all your accounts and balances plus you can set-up alerts when there is a change to your credit profile. Like a new account.
Your credit score is a snapshot of your borrowing history and it’s truly the first indicator used to see what type of loan programs you qualify for.
Your score is built on 5 categories:
1. Payment History
2. Credit Utilization - meaning balance vs available credit limit
3. Length of Credit History
4. Credit Types - student loans, credit cards, car loans, mortgages
5. Recent Inquiries
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Monday, February 3, 2020 / by Ryan Huemmer
Fair Isaac Corp., the company behind the popular FICO credit score, announced the launch of its latest FICO 10 model on Jan. 23, that will start incorporating consumers’ debt levels into their scoring model.
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This comes as total household debt in the U.S. is on the rise and currently sits at about $13.95 trillion as of the end of 2019, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. That’s higher than the previous high of $12.68 trillion seen right before the 2008 financial crisis.
Those who fall behind on their loan payments, they are more likely to see a drop in their score. FICO also plans to flag consumers who sign up for personal loans, which are generally considered more risky since these are unsecured and typically do not require collateral like a car or a house.
The new scoring model will also likely create a wider gap between those who are considered good credit risk vs ...