A Score that Really Matters: Your Credit Score

Before lenders decide to lend you money, they must know that you're willing and able to pay back that mortgage. To assess your ability to pay back the loan, they look at your income and debt ratio. In order to calculate your willingness to repay the mortgage loan, they consult your credit score.

Fair Isaac and Company developed the first FICO score to help lenders assess creditworthines. You can learn more on FICO here.

Your credit score is a result of your repayment history. They don't consider income or personal characteristics. These scores were invented specifically for this reason. Credit scoring was envisioned as a way to assess willingness to pay while specifically excluding other demographic factors.

Your current debt level, past late payments, length of your credit history, and a few other factors are considered. Your score is calculated from both the good and the bad in your credit report. Late payments count against you, but a record of paying on time will improve it.

Your report must contain at least one account which has been open for six months or more, and at least one account that has been updated in the past six months for you to get a credit score. This payment history ensures that there is sufficient information in your credit to generate an accurate score. Some borrowers don't have a long enough credit history to get a credit score. They may need to build up a credit history before they apply for a loan.

Harbor View Lending* a DBA of Megastar Financial can answer your questions about credit reporting. Give us a call at (207) 571-8034.