Improve Your Credit

Seven ways to build up your credit score to be eligible for the best interest rates

I had a seller in Ellis County question me recently on a buyer being able to get a conventional loan with only 5% down.  The home owner lived in Ovilla and his neighbors told him a minimum down payment of 10% was required.  So this seller thought all conventional loans required 10% down from listening to his neighbors and the news.  He was concerned about being able to sell his home because of higher down payment requirements.

Credit score requirements for loans are higher than they have been in the past, so a good credit score is more crucial than ever. In today’s economy most lenders are looking for credit scores of 720 or higher to secure a low mortgage rate. A good loan officer can help you raise your credit score by reviewing your credit history and making recommendations to improve the score.  Once you have done what the loan officer recommends they will rescore your credit.

 

Here are seven ways to build up your credit score so you can enjoy the best interest rates available.

  1. Request your credit reports and assess the situation. Credit bureaus (www.experian.com, www.transunion.com, www.equifax.com) are required to provide you with a free credit report every year. Nationwide consumer reporting companies get their information from different sources, the data in your report from one company may not reflect the same data in your reports from the other two companies, so request all three.
  2. Check to verify all of the information is correct. If there are any errors, contact the bureaus immediately.
  3. Your payment history accounts for 35% of your score, so make sure payments are on time every month.
  4. The amount owed is 30% of your score. A good rule is to use less than 10% of your credit available on each individual card.
  5. The length of your credit history accounts for 15%, so maintain your accounts instead of closing them. You are not penalized for available credit.
  6. New credit is 10% of your score and every time you apply for credit an inquiry is added to your report, which drops your score.
  7. Types of credit used accounts for 10%. Installment loans like vehicle and personal loans demonstrate you can manage various long and short-term credits.

If you are looking to move to Ennis, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Red Oak or the surrounding rural towns we have qualified loan officers that can help you improve your credit score within a short time frame.  Having a higher credit score doesn’t take years.  Give me a call and let’s talk.