Understanding Your Credit Score

What Is A Credit Score?

When lenders evaluate a loan application, a process called underwriting, they try to evaluate your ability and willingness to repay the loan. They judge the borrower’s ability to repay by reviewing the income and stability of past earnings. This practice helps the lender to determine if the borrower can afford the loan payments. The review of past credit history is used to judge the willingness of the borrower to repay the loan.

Lenders want their evaluation to be as accurate, objective and consistent as possible. To help achieve this goal, home mortgage lenders use credit scores to assist in the underwriting process. Credit scores are numerical values that rank individuals according to their credit history at a given point in time. A credit score is based on past payment history, the amount of available credit, and other factors. According to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two large investors in mortgage loans, credit scores have proven to be very good predictors of whether a borrower will repay his or her loan.

Credit scores are just one of many factors considered in the underwriting process. The lender will review the many components that make up the financial situation of a borrower. Even when a credit score is low, there are other factors that could overcome the negative credit issues and satisfy other underwriting criteria.

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Stacy Schnell – Realtor Associate – Cell : 856-364-0772

Getting Pre Approved for a Mortgage

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Though you may be willing to spend a certain amount, the real determination of how much house you can afford is driven by how much a lender calculates you can afford. So before you begin to search for the perfect house, it is very important to begin the homebuying process by getting preapproved. Getting preapproved for a home mortgage loan will provide you with a preliminary statement on the size of loan for which you can qualify. Knowing this, you can then focus your home search.

In general, lenders allow your total monthly housing costs to go as high as but not more than 30 percent of your gross monthly income. The second requirement is that not more than 36 percent of your gross monthly income can be tied up in the total monthly house payment and payments on long-term debt.

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Stacy Schnell – Realtor Associate – Cell: 856-364-0772

FHA Loan Guidelines for 2019

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Qualifying for a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan can be much easier compared with a conventional one. Borrowers will need a valid Social Security number, and be a lawful resident of legal age to be able to sign an FHA loan. Qualifying for a loan requires a minimum credit score of 500 in addition to a FHA-approved property appraisal and a favorable debt-to-income ratio.

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Stacy Schnell – Realtor Associate Cell: 856-364-0772

How to improve my credit score

  1. Keep balances low on credit cards and other “revolving credit”. …
  2. Pay off debt rather than moving it around. …
  3. Don’t close unused credit cards as a short-term strategy to raise your scores.
  4. Don’t open a number of new credit cards that you don’t need, just to increase your available credit.
If time is a factor, here are four ways to improve a credit score in 30 days:
  1. Correct any errors on the credit report. …
  2. Become an authorized user. …
  3. Raise your available credit. …
  4. Negotiate. …
  5. 1. Make minimum payments on time. …
  6. Reduce debt-to-income ratio. …
  7. Have a good mix of debt.

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