Your Credit Score: What it means

Before lenders decide to lend you money, they must know that you're willing and able to repay that mortgage. To assess your ability to pay back the loan, they assess your income and debt ratio. To assess your willingness to repay, they use your credit score.

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

Your credit score is a result of your history of repayment. They don't consider income or personal characteristics. These scores were invented specifically for this reason. "Profiling" was as bad a word when FICO scores were invented as it is today. Credit scoring was developed as a way to take into account solely what was relevant to a borrower's likelihood to repay a loan.

Deliquencies, derogatory payment behavior, current debt level, length of credit history, types of credit and the number of credit inquiries are all calculated into credit scores. Your score reflects the good and the bad of your credit report. Late payments count against you, but a record of paying on time will improve it.

To get a credit score, borrowers must have an active credit account with at least six months of payment history. This history ensures that there is sufficient information in your credit to generate an accurate score. Some people don't have a long enough credit history to get a credit score. They may need to build up a credit history before they apply for a loan.

Mission Home Mortgage can answer questions about credit reports and many others. Give us a call at (619) 688-0011.

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