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Increasing a Credit Score With Home Finance Tips

Increasing a Credit Score With Home Finance Tips

Home Finance Tips For Credit Score

Credit scores can have a dramatic effect on a borrowers ability to get the best rates for many types of financing including a home mortgage and a car loan.

If your credit score does not meet minimum standards you may not even have the ability to get a home mortgage period!

There are a number of factors that the credit bureaus use to calculate your credit score. One of the most important factors they use is your past payment history which generally accounts for 35% of your credit score. In the mortgage article how to improve a credit score, all the various ways you can achieve and maintain a great credit score are discussed. If you pay attention to these credit scoring factors you will be well on your way to achieving an exceptional credit score.

When it comes to your home there are ways to improve a credit score with specific home finance tips.

Pay Your Mortgage On Time

It goes without saying that paying your bills on time is a must if you want to have excellent credit. Above all else you want to make absolutely certain you pay your home mortgage when it is due. As mentioned above, past credit history is a critical factor on how you be viewed by a lender when applying for financing.

There is nothing that will hit your credit harder than a missed mortgage payment. Credit scoring agencies will look at a missed mortgage payment in a far more negative light than a missed car or credit card payment. If at all possible you should always consider making your mortgage payment before other bill that are due.

Check Your Credit Report For Errors

While working in the Real Estate industry for many years as a Massachusetts Realtor I have had the opportunity to see  1st hand that it is easy for credit bureaus to make mistakes on a persons credit report. Do you realize that a credit report error can cost a borrower some serious money? With a mistake on your report your credit score will be negatively impacted. This makes it vital that you periodically check your credit report for errors but certainly before you try to refinance a mortgage.

If you find an error in your credit report you should make certain that you get it corrected right away! Here are the necessary steps you need to take in order to fix credit report errors. You will want to make certain the errors are corrected before applying for financing.

Postpone Financing Until Your Credit Is In Order

Depending on whether you have discovered a credit report error or had a legitimate blemish on your record in the past could be a reason for postponing a refinance. Removing a credit report error can take a little bit of time but could be worth it in the long run if you factor the difference in rate you will pay without the correction. Unless mortgage rates are climbing dramatically and locking a mortgage rate makes more fiscal sense, you will want to get your financial house in order 1st.

Sometimes there can be unpaid bills that took place a long time ago that come back to haunt you especially if they were turned over to a collection agency. Something as small as a $50 unpaid phone bill could come back to bite you in the form of a higher interest rate on your loan. Just a 1/4 point difference in rate could translate into thousands of dollars over the life of the loan. The good news is that as time goes by the blemish becomes less important in scoring factors.

Paying Off 2nd Mortgages and Equity Lines of Credit

Home Finance Tips

On the surface it may seem like paying off a 2nd mortgage or home equity line of credit (HELOC) is a good idea but it may not be, at least in terms of a credit score going forward. Your credit utilization or what you owe your creditors makes up 30% of the scoring factor that credit companies use to determine your score.

The closing of existing revolving accounts will typically adversely affect the ratio and therefore have a negative impact on your FICO score. You may want to consider lowering the balance but not paying off the loan in one shot.

Pay Your Property Taxes and Utility Bills On Time

If you find that you are strapped for cash there are certain bills that should always be paid 1st such as a mortgage, car loan and credit card bills. It makes sense to pay these bills 1st because they will have the greatest impact on your credit score. This however, does not make paying your property tax and utility bills on time unimportant.

The good news is that it will usually take a serious delinquency before missed payments are reported and negatively impact your credit score. Most of the time late payments on your property tax bill won’t effect you at all, as these are not reported to the credit bureaus unless a lien is placed on your property.

Always keep in mind how you manage your home finances affects your ability to refinance and get the best mortgage rates!


About the author: The above Real Estate information on Improving a credit score with home finance tips was provided by Bill Gassett, a Nationally recognized leader in his field. Bill can be reached via email at billgassett@remaxexec.com or by phone at 508-435-5356. Bill has helped people move in and out of many Metrowest towns for the last 24+ Years.

Thinking of selling your home? I have a passion for Real Estate and love to share my marketing expertise!

I service the following towns in Metrowest MA: Hopkinton, Milford, Southboro, Westboro, Ashland, Holliston, Medway, Franklin, Framingham, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Upton, Northbridge, Shrewsbury, Northboro, Bellingham, Uxbridge, Worcester and Douglas.

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  • Andrea Swiedler March 7, 2011, 12:31 pm

    Bill, great information on improving a credit score, as always!

  • Bill Gassett March 7, 2011, 11:28 pm

    Thanks Andrea! I appreciate your compliments on my article about improving a credit score during home ownership. As you know from being in Real Estate your credit score has huge implications for getting the best rates on everything from homes to cars and more.

  • MaryBeth Muldowney March 8, 2011, 4:52 am

    Well Bill another great article offering value packed information to all of us. Yes amazing as it may be just a quarter of a point increase in interest rates translate to thousands of dollars over the thirty year mortgage. We should all check our credit reports on a regular basis so we are prepared when financing is needed.

  • Petra Norris March 8, 2011, 12:49 pm

    Bill – another great article. We preach and teach to consumers, but sometimes forget our own. It is so important to stay on top of these scores.

  • June Tassillo March 9, 2011, 2:56 am

    Bill ~ This is an excellent blog you have put together on improving your credit score or simply keeping ones credit in good shape. It amazes me how many people don’t even know what their score is and how to improve it.

  • Rich Cederberg March 9, 2011, 4:35 am

    There are reputable companies out there that can help you clean up your credit report but beware of companies that offer to improve your score. There are lots of scams out there. Great article Bill.

  • Rebecca Gaujot March 15, 2011, 1:36 pm

    Bill, consumers soon learn fast that if they want improved credit scores, mortgage payments should always be the first bill paid.

  • Renee Burrows March 20, 2011, 6:29 pm

    Great article on the tips for building your credit!

  • Pete Deininger March 25, 2011, 2:50 pm

    Great article for all home buyers, but of particularly good relevance for that first time home buyer looking to take the right steps prior to purchasing. I have bookmarked and will forward this link to several of my clients who are in the home buying process.

  • Bill Gassett March 25, 2011, 5:08 pm

    Thanks Pete I appreciate you stopping by and getting your compliments on my credit score tips when owning a home.

  • Anita Clark February 12, 2012, 5:31 pm

    Ideally, buyers will go see a credit specialist before they are thinking of buying so any “issues” that can be resolved will be…nothing worse than finding your dream home and not being able to qualify for a mortgage because of something you did not take care (or did not know about).

  • Zac Coplan February 29, 2012, 8:55 pm

    Checking your credit report is essential. You should know where your at before you start looking. You can access all three major companies credit files one time per year. I highly recommend doing that.

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