Key Factors Impacting Borrower Credit

In today’s mortgage market it is vital that borrowers understand what impacts their credit profile and ability to obtain financing.  Here are some quick tips for borrowers looking to improve their credit profiles.

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Paying Collection Accounts

Believe it or not, it may be counterproductive to pay off an old debt. Under The Fair Credit Reporting Act, negative defaults such as collections are removed from your report after 7 years. Making a payment on an old debt, say from 5 years ago, re-ages that debt and makes it current. Again, this is noted on your file and has a negative impact on your score, causing it to fall. 

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Before taking a course of action to make payment on an old debt, consult a professional. Re-aging old information can have a huge negative impact on your credit score. 

What’s not on your FICO Score?

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Although a FICO score on your credit report has many considerations that are used to determine your credit worthiness, there are many personal items they ignore. U.S. Law prohibits consideration of the following when determining your credit score.

Marital status, national origin, gender, race, religion, the color of your skin, 

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receipt of public assistance, these have no place in the determination of your credit score. 

While other scores might, FICO does not consider your age as a factor. Similarly, employment history, employer, date employed, title, your salary and occupation are not used. However it is worth noting that lenders may consider this information as part of their scrutiny.


The “DO’s”?

>>Do pay your bills on time.?

>>Do keep credit cards balances low (try to keep balances under 1/3 of your ?current credit limit.?

>>Do pay off debt rather than opening and moving balances between credit cards.?

>>Do apply and open new credit cards (ONLY when NEEDED).????


>>Do NOT max your credit cards.

>>Do NOT miss a credit card payment. 

>>Missing a payment because you forgot not only impacts your credit score negatively, but also can affect your interest rate for that card.

>>Do NOT have your credit report pulled multiple times within a short period.

>>Do check your credit report at least once a year for accuracy and completeness of information.?

These are just a few tips that can help borrowers improve their credit profiles.  For more information or to speak with a credit coach visit www.getcredithealthy.

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