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You've just applied for a mortgage or auto loan and your lender comes back with a three-digit number that summarizes your credit worthiness and you have no clue what that number really means. What is the difference between a 540, a 670 and a 780? If you're not familiar with credit scores then these seemingly random numbers can make it difficult to determine where you stand. And in today's difficult economic environment, you need every point you can get. In this article we're going to find out exactly what these numbers mean to lenders - and to you.
*Range above based on the FICO credit score, which is used by most lenders.
Outstanding: 800+ If your credit score is over 800 then you're pretty much the best of the best as far as the lending and insurance worlds are concerned. With scores this high, you represent an outstanding credit risk, almost non-existent, and you'll qualify for the best deals. Consumers that score in the 800+ range typically have a long credit history with multiple credit accounts that have been paid on time for years. There are no derogatory records such as collections, bankruptcies or charge-off accounts and very little credit card debt. These people are almost immune to the credit crisis.
Very Good: 750 - 799 If your credit score is between the 750 - 799 range, lenders will view you as a very low credit risk and you'll qualify for some of the lowest lending rates available. You manage your credit responsibly by paying your bills on time and keeping your credit balances very low in relation to the credit limits.
Good: 700 - 749 Credit scores in the 700 - 749 range are categorized as a low credit risk. There may be a history of late payments in the past but all of your accounts are currently paid on time and have been for the last several years. You also manage your credit card debt reasonably well and are not close to maxing out on your credit cards. Scores in this range won't always qualify for the best deals but they will definitely qualify you for very competitive rates and terms.
Not Bad: 650 - 699 Now we're starting to get into the riskier credit score ranges. If your credit score is in the 650 - 699 range, lenders and insurers will view you as a moderate credit risk. You probably have older derogatory items on your credit report that aren't hurting your score as much as they used to. A score in this range could also be the result of high credit card balances or too many applications for new credit in the last few months. With scores in this range you should still be able to obtain credit and insurance, but your rates will be considerably higher and the terms would be much less attractive than they would be if you were in the 700+ categories.
Poor: 600 - 649 If your credit score is in the 600 - 649 range, then lenders and insurance companies will view you as a high credit risk. Scores in this range are typically considered "subprime" by most lenders. Your credit score could be lower than average because of derogatory items on your credit report, such as late payments, collections or even bankruptcy and/or you may have high amounts of credit card debt. Scores in this range are less likely to get approved for standard credit products and usually pay very high interest rates and even less appealing terms. It's also important to note that scores in this range have a high possibility of being denied for credit or insurance.
Very Bad: Below 600 Consumers with scores below 600 are considered very poor credit risks and will have a very hard time finding a lender willing to take the risk to approve your applications. If you are approved, you'll be charged extremely high interest rates and/or insurance premiums. Credit scores below 600 are usually caused by chronic late payments, collection accounts, or public records appearing on your credit reports. Combining excessive applications for new credit with large amounts of credit card debt can also lower your scores to this level. It will be difficult for you to obtain new credit without the help of a co-signer, a large down payment or collateral.
No Credit Score There is one other category that we haven't talked about and that is the ‘no credit' category. In order for lenders and insurers to accurately predict your risk they need to evaluate your credit score. If you don't have a credit score, they can't predict your risk and will typically bet on the safe side and decline your application or price it very poorly. There are a few reasons why you may not have a score:
You don't have any credit accounts in your credit files. In this case, having no credit score is better than having very bad credit for the simple fact that there are some lenders that will take the risk and give you a shot at establishing credit with them for the first time. These lenders are typically retail store accounts with smaller credit limits and higher interest rates. Another option could be a secured credit card. With either option, you can establish your credit by opening an account and managing it responsibly. This means making your payments on time and keeping the balances as low as possible. After 3 - 6 months of use, your credit report will be able to be scored.
You have credit accounts in your credit reports but you have not been using the credit cards or loan accounts regularly enough for there to be recent information or activity in your credit reports. In order for there to be a credit score, at least one of your accounts need to have been updated within the last 3 - 6 months to show activity. If you haven't used any of the accounts in the last year or so, it might be a good idea to charge something small and pay it off just to show some type of activity on the account in your credit reports.
You have a deceased indicator on your credit reports. If you have a joint account with someone who passed away, it is possible that the lender will report the account as belonging to a deceased person. And if you're a joint holder on the account, that notation can show up in your credit files too. If it does, you won't be able to be scored until the deceased indicator is removed from your credit reports.
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