Your Credit Score: What it means
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Before lenders decide to lend you money, they want to know that you're willing and able to pay back that loan. To figure out your ability to repay, lenders look at your debt-to-income ratio. To assess your willingness to pay back the mortgage loan, they consult your credit score.
The most widely used credit scores are called FICO scores, which were developed by Fair Isaac & Company, Inc. The FICO score ranges from 350 (high risk) to 850 (low risk). You can learn more on FICO here.
Your credit score comes from your repayment history. They don't take into account your income, savings, amount of down payment, or personal factors like gender, race, national origin or marital status. These scores were invented specifically for this reason. Credit scoring was developed to assess a borrower's willingness to repay the loan while specifically excluding any other irrelevant factors.
Your current debt level, past late payments, length of your credit history, and a few other factors are considered. Your score comes from the good and the bad of your credit history. Late payments lower your credit score, but establishing or reestablishing a good track record of making payments on time will improve your score.
To get a credit score, you must have an active credit account with at least six months of payment history. This payment history ensures that there is sufficient information in your report to calculate a score. If you don't meet the minimum criteria for getting a credit score, you may need to establish your credit history prior to applying for a mortgage loan.
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