First-Time Buyer's Guide to Better Credit

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Most people assume that the home buying process starts 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 a reasonable credit score, entering into a loan for a house is harder and, you could find yourself renting for another couple of years in Dublin until your score improves.

The Fair Isaac Company calculates your FICO score on the summary of your total credit history. The score ranges from 300 to 850, with most people traditionally having a score of 600. Job loss has been common in the last few years, but 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 loans and credit cards?
  • Payment History — How many times do you make late payments?
  • 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?

When you apply for a mortgage or any other loan, lenders want to make sure that extending a loan to you isn't a problem. Your credit score gives lenders an insight into what type of borrower you'd be based solely on your credit history. You'll need a score of at least 740 to get a acceptable interest rate. You'll still get approved for a loan with a lower score, but the interest accumulated over the life of the loan could be more than double that of someone having a stronger FICO score.

Getting your credit in order is the first step in owning a home. Call us at 9259999531 and we can help you get on the right track to the home of your dreams.

You want a higher score, but how do you get there? Improving your FICO score takes time. It can be rare to make a significant change in your credit score with small changes, but your score can improve in a year or two by monitoring your credit report and by using your credit wisely. 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 Dublin with Provident Realty Group as your agent - 9259999531
  • 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. Delinquent payments instantly drop your credit score. It's one of the reasons people who have recently been unemployed see the biggest hit in their credit score. Yes, it takes longer to build up your credit with payment history, but it's the most reliable way to show that you're responsible enough to make payments to a bank.
  • Correct your credit report. If you discover mistakes 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 give extra care to make sure the activity reported is correct.
  • Spread your debt around. At first, this doesn't seem like a good idea. But, you don't want to have one card that is holding the maximum and have the rest of your cards at a zero balance. It's better to have each of your cards at an even balance than to have the bulk of your debt taking up the balance one card.
  • Department store cards and gas station cards. For those who have non-existent credit or low credit, retail credit cards and gas credit cards are ways to establish your credit history, increase your spending limits and have a solid payment history, which will raise your credit. You should always beware of keeping a high balance for more than a couple of months because these types of cards traditionally have a surprisingly high interest rate.

Now that you're more informed about credit reporting, you'll be able to successfully take the first step in owning a home, and that is improving your FICO score. Remember that when you're ready to apply for a loan to purchase a home, 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 Provident Realty Group, the loan process can be a stress-free experience so you, too, can achieve home ownership.

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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