About Your Credit Score
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Before lenders make the decision to give you a loan, they need to know if you're willing and able to pay back that loan. To assess whether you can repay, they look at your income and debt ratio. To assess how willing you are to repay, they use your credit score.
Fair Isaac and Company built the original FICO score to help lenders assess creditworthiness. You can learn more about FICO here.
Credit scores only consider the info contained in your credit reports. They never take into account your income, savings, amount of down payment, or personal factors like sex ethnicity, national origin or marital status. These scores were invented specifically for this reason. "Profiling" was as bad a word when these scores were first invented as it is now. Credit scoring was envisioned as a way to assess willingness to repay the loan while specifically excluding any other personal factors.
Deliquencies, payment behavior, debt level, length of credit history, types of credit and the number of credit inquiries are all calculated into credit scores. Your score is calculated from the good and the bad in your credit report. Late payments count against your score, but a consistent record of paying on time will improve it.
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 build a score. Should you not meet the criteria for getting a credit score, you might need to work on a credit history before you apply for a mortgage loan.
Joe Wagner answers questions about Credit reports every day. Call Joe Wagner at 612-327-4544.
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