FICO Credit Scores Requirements To Qualify For Mortgage Loans

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FICO Credit Scores Requirements To Qualify For Mortgage Loans

This BLOG On FICO Credit Scores Requirements To Qualify For Mortgage Loans Was UPDATED On June 12th, 2019

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Every who has applied for credit and has had credit, whether good or bad, has a FICO credit score. 

  • The FICO credit score is a mathematical scoring formula which consists of several variable factors to determine a person’s credit risk level
  • FICO credit score stands for the Fair Isaac Company who has created the FICO credit scoring model

What Are FICO Credit Scores Used For?

What Are FICO Credit Scores Used For?
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The FICO credit scores are mainly used for evaluating a consumer’s creditworthiness by yielding a certain numerical score which is derived by the information which is contained in the person’s personal credit report with the combination of the person’s debt to income ratio.

  • The lowest FICO credit scores a person can have is 300 and the highest FICO credit scores a person can have is 850
  • A good FICO credit score is 720
  • FICO credit scores of 660 or lower signals that a person’s credit is poor and with that score, the person will have trouble in obtaining credit and if they do, they will most likely pay a high interest rate
  • The lower your FICO credit scores, the higher the credit risk you are

Other Credit Models

Other Credit Models
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The FICO credit score is not the only credit scoring model out there and not all creditors and lenders use the FICO credit score model.  However, other credit scoring models are very similar to the FICO credit score model.

In this blog, we will only discuss the FICO credit score model

Credit Score Composition

Credit Score Composition
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Below is how your FICO credit score is derived;

  • Past payment history consists of 35% of overall credit score
  • Amount of debt owed versus the available credit is 30% of overall credit score
  • Length of time consumers has had credit consists of 15% of overall credit score
  • New credit application consists of 10% of overall credit score
  • Credit type consists of 10% of overall credit score

Always Be Aware Of FICO Credit Scores

Always Be Aware Of FICO Credit Scores
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Remember that higher credit scores mean lower interest rates which mean saving money.

  • A higher FICO credit score can save thousands of dollars in mortgage interest expense and other interest expense. 
  • A higher credit score means lower insurance premiums. 
  • Folks with bad credit scores not only pay much more than those with higher credit scores but lower credit scores could mean job denials and not being able to get promoted due to credit background checks. 
  • Please visit us at Gustan Cho Associates, the one stop mortgage and real estate information center
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