Your credit score plays a large role in getting the home loan with the most favorable terms. Knowing your score and reviewing your credit report regularly may help prevent unexpected surprises.
You can get a free copy of your report annually from all three of the major credit reporting agencies by visiting Annual Credit Report and requesting it. Once you receive it, review each item thoroughly, check for mistakes, and address any errors immediately. Be sure to contact both the credit bureau and the creditor that reported the mistake to have it fixed.
FICO scores are calculated by taking into consideration payment history, amounts owed, length of credit, and in-use/new credit.
Now that you know your score and what factors are included, it’s important to understand what the score means. Typically, a score over 740 is considered excellent, while a score under 660 is considered at least somewhat challenged. We have loan programs for nearly every category of score, so don’t despair. By working with a loan advisor, you can work on raising your score with some changes to how you’re spending your money—or take a look at the programs that are available to you now.