Increasing Your FICO Score for Home buyers

Raise your FICO score  to buy a home in Kissimmee with Sunstar Realty, LLC. as your REALTOR - (407) 641-4694

The home buying process doesn't start with getting pre-approved by a lender or with choosing a real estate agent. In reality, the home buying process begins with your finances. Without an acceptable credit score, entering into a loan for a house is more difficult and, you could find yourself renting longer than you expected in Kissimmee until your FICO score is acceptable.

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 the majority of people traditionally having a score of 650. 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 a low score and that often means you can't get a decent interest rate. Some of the factors in determining your FICO score include:

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

Lenders want to ensure that giving you a loan isn't a risk for them. Your FICO score gives lenders an insight into what type of borrower you'll be solely because of your credit history. You'll need a score of at least 700 to get a acceptable interest rate. If your score is less than that, you can still qualify for a loan, but the interest accrued over the life of the loan could be more than double that of someone having a higher FICO score.

We're used to working with all tiers of FICO scores. Contact us and we can help you get on the right track to the home of your dreams.

How do you boost your credit score? Improving your FICO score takes time. It can be hard to make a significant stride change in your number with quick fixes, but your score can improve in a year 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. You'll improve your credit score by using these helpful hints:

Raise your FICO score  to buy a property in Kissimmee with Sunstar Realty, LLC. as your agent - (407) 641-4694
  • Ensure that your credit history is correct. If you discover mistakes on your credit report, write to 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.
  • Even out your debt. At first, this doesn't sound like a good idea. But, you don't want to have 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 about 25% of their credit limit than to have the most of your debt transferred to a single card.
  • Apply for gas cards or department store credit. For those who have non-existent credit or less-than-stellar credit, retail credit cards and gas credit cards are ways to establish your credit history, increase your spending limits and keep up your payments, which will raise your FICO score. You must always beware of maintaining a high balance for too long because these types of cards normally have a higher interest rate.
  • Keep your cards active. Whether you're just getting started with credit, or if you've got older cards, be sure to use your cards to make sure your accounts maintain an active status. But, pay them off in one or two payments.
  • Keep up with payments. Late payments hurt your credit score. It's one of the reasons people who have recently been unemployed see the biggest dip in their credit score. Yes, it takes longer to restore your credit with payment history, but it's the most reliable way to prove that you're able to make payments to a bank.

Knowing the methods you can use to build up your FICO score, you're one step closer to becoming a homeowner. Remember that when it's time to apply for a loan to purchase a house, you'll want to keep your credit inquiries within a two-week window to avoid a negative mark on your credit score. With the help of Sunstar Realty, LLC., the loan application process is sure to go more smoothly so you, too, can achieve home ownership.

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

We won't judge you based on your credit and can help you get back into home ownership with the right mortgage lender for you. E-mail us at christopher.tse@alamode.com or call (407) 641-4694 for more information.