Credit Scores Remain Central to Mission Viejo Real Estate Dealings

Real Estate Agent with The Associates Realty Group CA-01880463

If you’re a typical Mission Viejo consumer, like most California residents, it wasn’t too long

ago that you were being constantly bombarded by offers to let you in on a secret: your credit score.

The “free credit score” ads got a lot of responses, but lately, they’ve grown scarcer. I think I know


It used to be that thrift-minded people shied away from plastic because it made overspending

too easy. Today, ubiquitous credit card bonus points and associated discounts and freebies make

the opposite true. After all, taking a vacation without using at least some of your credit card airline

“miles” or hotel “points” seems more careless than thrifty.

And the fact is, you don’t have to use the credit part of credit card purchases: if you’re

careful, you can pay off the balances before interest starts to accrue. And there’s a major additional

benefit to conscientious attention to of all your credit accounts— that is, the credit score


For many years, credit scores seemed a sort of hush-hush affair. That was before initiatives

by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Fair Isaac Corp (FICO) changed the rules of

the game, making it mandatory to allow free access to your credit scores. Even so, it was still a bit

of a hassle to get to see them—and the “free” access was limited to once a year.

But that’s been changing. Today, many credit card accounts include free access to the FICO

credit scores associated with them. If you use the card issuers’ online account systems, you’re

usually just a mouse click away from your most recent score. Apparently, the banks behind the

cards know it’s a good way to make online bill paying more attractive than snail mail—which is a

profit saver for them. At last count, by April of last year more than 150 million accounts included

the instant credit score feature.

What that means to Mission Viejo real estate transactions is a solid positive. When Mission

Viejo consumers can keep a steady watch on their credit scores, they are much more likely to

notice FICO mistakes or any of their own inadvertent slip-ups. The scores affect the interest rates

associated with their credit card accounts—but they also heavily influence the offers they can

expect from the mortgage underwriters.

I recommend prequalifying for a home loan: it’s one of the best ways to make your offer the

winner in a multiple offer scenario. For other ideas that give you a head start when it comes to

buying or selling Mission Viejo real estate, just give me a call!


Oren Golanski
Realtor BRE # 01880463, The Associates Realty Group

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