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Unlocking the Mysteries of Your Credit Score: What You Need to Know

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX, Big Bear DRE#01311686

Buckle up, because we're about to dive into the fascinating world of credit scores! You might think it's just a number, but your credit score holds the key to your financial dreams. Let's unravel the mystery and learn how to make it work for you.

FICO: The Credit Wizard You Should Get to Know

Ever heard of FICO? It's like the Gandalf of the credit world, a wizard with immense power. FICO stands for Fair Isaac & Co., named after its founders, Fair and Isaac, who started this magical journey 60 years ago. Today, it's not just a name but an acronym known to many. But what does it do?

FICO is the gatekeeper to your financial reputation. It measures your creditworthiness based on your payment history, outstanding balances, and other factors. Think of it as your financial report card; the higher the score, the better.

The Reporting Agencies: Keepers of the Secrets

FICO is just one piece of the puzzle. Reporting agencies like Experian and TransUnion play a vital role in your credit journey. They break down your credit behavior into categories and types of debt. But here's the twist: the lender, not the reporting agency, makes the final call. They're the ones who decide if you're creditworthy.

The Golden Rules: Age and Balance

Lenders have their eyes on two main things: the age of your credit and how you use it. They want to see a mix of credit accounts that have been open for a while and a reasonable balance compared to your credit limits. It's all about balance, my friend!

Inquiries: The Sneaky Score-Nudgers

Ever wondered if those credit inquiries affect your score? They do, but only temporarily. Each inquiry takes a little bite out of your score, usually 1 to 2 points. It may not seem like much, but if you're on an application spree, those nibbles can add up. Lenders notice, too. They might think, "This person wants a lot of credit, more than their income can handle."

Unused Credit: To Close or Not to Close?

Now, here's a common question: Should you close that credit card you haven't used in ages? The short answer: Keep it open! Closing an old card means losing all the positive credit history it holds. It's better to have it sitting there with a zero balance. Use it occasionally to keep it active, just watch out for annual fees.

The Hurdles: Short Sales, Foreclosures, and Bankruptcy

Life throws curveballs, and sometimes, it's a financial hit like a short sale, foreclosure, or bankruptcy. But here's the deal: there's a timeline involved. The wait period varies from 2 to 7 years, depending on the circumstances and the type of loan you're after. So don't let past setbacks hold you back forever.

Take Action: Get Connected and Stay Informed

Now that you're armed with some credit wisdom, don't hesitate to take action. Reach out to Dennis Neal and he will connect with a trusted lender who can guide you on your credit journey. Your financial future is waiting!

For any real estate advice involving financial, legal, or tax matters, remember to consult the professionals in those fields. Real estate representation practices can differ by state, so be sure to ask your Real Estate Representative for information specific to your state and company.

Posted by

Dennis Neal, Realtor®️

RE/MAX, Big Bear

Direct Line   909-866-7580

www.BigBearRealEstateSearch.com

Comments (3)

Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
CRS

Thanks for great information Dennis!!!

FICO is the gatekeeper to your financial reputation. It measures your creditworthiness based on your payment history, outstanding balances, and other factors. Think of it as your financial report card; the higher the score, the better.

Sep 05, 2023 06:40 PM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent post.Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed week

Sep 06, 2023 04:50 AM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

It’s a great post. Thank you for sharing!

Have a super fantastic week!

Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP

Sep 12, 2023 09:56 AM