FICO Scores and Your Credit
The FICOŽ score is the most widely used and recognized credit rating, so it's
important that you know and understand your own score.
Many lenders use FICOŽ scores as their primary method to estimate risk
for an individual's application.
FICOŽ scores are based solely on the
information in your Credit Report. You have three Credit Reports and three FICOŽ scores. These are reported by
Equifax, Trans Union and Experian.
Your FICOŽ scores are
calculated by considering the items reported on each Credit Report: personal data, previous address, employment
history, credit information, credit inquiries, collection accounts, delinquent accounts, public records (bankruptcy,
liens, garnishments, etc.), amount of debts, open credit accounts, length of credit history and timeliness of payments
are stated in your Credit Report.
knows there is more to consider than just a person's Credit Report or FICOŽ score. These reports shouldn't
be the only factor evaluated for every loan application, every one is unique!
When you're ready to apply for a mortgage Associate Mortgage will pull your credit and we'll go over the details of
your reports with you. But, if you know you may need to improve your credit or if you have
bad credit read on...
**DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CHANGE OR PAY ANY DEBTS
UNTIL YOU'VE TALKED WITH US**
Some lenders do not want debts, judgments, collections, medical bills or other items
paid off. Some don't like consolidation into one payment or help from credit counselors.
EACH LENDER IS DIFFERENT. Everyone should have an
opportunity for the American Dream and we would like to assist you! Many of our
Lenders consider additional information or special circumstances. LET'S SEE WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER...
Your credit score is determined by Fair, Isaac and Co., FIC. Your credit score is a tool many lenders use to
determine if you're an acceptable credit risk or not. There are a number of factors FICO uses to come up with your
Payment History (35%) - The largest factor is your basic payment history. The
number of unpaid bills you have, any bills sent to a collection agency, late payments, etc... The more recent the
problem, the lower your score.
Outstanding Debt (30%) - High balances or more
precisely, balances that are close to your credit limit can negatively affect your score. Keep your balances below
Length Credit History (15%) -
How long have your accounts been open? The
longer, the better. You are less of a risk if you're older and have built up more credit history.
Inquiries (10%) -
Every time you apply for credit of any kind, you create an inquiry on your credit report. Lots of inquiries may
negatively affect your score.
Type of Credit In Use (10%) - Current loans from finance companies. How many and for
how much may affect your score.
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Page Updated: 07/31/2007
First Published: 2004