A Score that Really Matters: The Credit Score

Before lenders make the decision to lend you money, they need to know if you are willing and able to pay back that loan. To assess your ability to repay, they assess your debt-to-income ratio. To assess your willingness to repay, they use your credit score.

Fair Isaac and Company developed the first FICO score to help lenders assess creditworthines. For details on FICO, read more here.

Your credit score is a direct result of your repayment history. They don't consider income or personal characteristics. Fair Isaac invented FICO specifically to exclude demographic factors like these. Credit scoring was envisioned as a way to assess a borrower's willingness to repay the loan while specifically excluding any other personal factors.

Your current debt level, past late payments, length of your credit history, and a few other factors are considered. Your score is calculated wtih both positive and negative items in your credit report. Late payments will lower your credit score, but establishing or reestablishing a good track record of making payments on time will improve your score.

Your report should have at least one account which has been open for six months or more, and at least one account that has been updated in the past six months for you to get a credit score. This history ensures that there is sufficient information in your report to generate an accurate score. Should you not meet the minimum criteria for getting a score, you may need to establish your credit history prior to applying for a mortgage.

Washingtonian Mortgage, LLC can answer questions about credit reports and many others. Give us a call at 410-451-2755.