Ways to Increase Your FICO Score for Home Buying

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Choosing a lender isn't the first step in becoming a homeowner. The quality of your wallet starts the home buying process. Without a reasonable FICO score, purchasing a house is harder and, you could end up renting longer than you expected in Davie, Florida until you improve your score.

A FICO score is a review of your years of credit history based on a model developed by Fair Isaac and Company. The score ranges from 300 to 850, with most people normally having a score of 600. Even though more people these days are experiencing job loss and delinquent credit cards, FICO scores aren't necessarily adjusted "on a curve." A low score is just that and often means you can't get credit extended to you via a mortgage loan. Some of the factors in calculating your FICO score include:

  • Types of Credit — Do you have a healthy mix of credit cards and loans?
  • Payment History — How many late payments have you made?
  • Credit to Debt Ratio — How much do you owe versus how much credit you have available?
  • Credit Inquiries — Do you have too many open accounts?

Lenders want to make sure that allowing you a loan is a safe move. Your credit score gives lenders an insight into what type of borrower you'd be based solely on your credit history. Because of the shift in the economy, most home buyers should have scores in the range of 740 or higher to get a decent interest rate. If your score is less than that, you can still qualify for a loan, but the interest accumulated in the long run could be more than double that of someone having a near perfect FICO score.

Getting your credit in order is the best way to ease into purchasing a home. Contact us and we can help you get on the right track to the home of your dreams.

You want an improved score, but how do you get it? Improving your FICO score takes time. It can be hard to make a large-scale change in your number with small changes, but your score can improve in a year or two by monitoring your credit report and by using credit extended to you to raise your score, instead of ruin it. The best way to do this is to know your FICO score. Here are some ways you can improve your credit score:


Raise your FICO score  to buy a home in Davie with Unicasa International USA Realty as your real estate agent - (954) 598-0700
  • Ensure that your credit history is correct. If you discover incorrect items on your credit report, contact the bureau requesting that the item be removed. If you have a common name or the same name as a family member, you'll want to pay extra attention to make sure the activity reported is correct.
  • Spread your debt around. At first, this doesn't sound like a good idea. But, you steer clear of having one card that is at the limit and have your remaining cards at a zero balance. It's better to have each of your cards at a lower balance than to have all of your debt taking up the balance one card.
  • Chain store cards and gas station cards. For those who have non-existent credit or less-than-stellar credit, retail credit cards and gas credit cards are ways to get credit, increase your spending limits and stay on top of your payments, which will raise your credit. You must always avoid maintaining a large balance for too long because these types of cards more than likely have a larger interest rate.
  • Don't let your cards get dusty. Whether you're just getting started with credit, or if you've got older cards, use your cards so that your accounts maintain an active status. But, be sure to pay them off in one or two payments.
  • Pay on time. How often you're late with payments greatly affects your credit score. It's where people who have recently experienced job loss see the biggest hit in their credit score. Yes, it takes longer to rebuild your credit this way, but it's the most reliable way to show that you're responsible enough to make payments to a lender.

Now that you're more informed about credit reporting, you'll be able to successfully take the first steps to homeownership, and that is improving your FICO score. Know that when you're ready to apply for a loan to purchase a house, you'll want to keep your lender applications within a two-week window to avoid adverse effects on your credit score. With the help of Unicasa International USA Realty, the loan application process can be a stress-free experience so you, too, can become a homeowner.

To learn more, visit myFICO.com, Fair Isaac's informational site and once per year, for free, you can review all three of your credit reports at annualcreditreport.com. And, for a small payment, you can get your FICO score from each bureau on their websites: equifax.com, experian.com and transunion.com.

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