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Why Are Higher Scores Good? It’s All About the Likelihood of Default
Bad Credit – What’s the Cost?
What’s The Damage of Lower Credit Scores?
Home Financing: A 30-year fixed with a loan principal amount of $360,000
If your score improves to 720-850, you could save an additional $318,329
If your score improves to 700-719, you could save an additional $308,047
If your score improves to 675-699, you could save an additional $263,094
If your score improves to 620-674, you could save an additional $163,422
A borrower who increases his or her credit score from 620 to 720+ can potentially save $884 per month on mortgage payments, $10,608 per year , and approximately $318,329 over the life of the 30-year loan. $903,960-$983,160 $2,511-$2,739 8.531-9.289% Below 620 $649,080-$726,840 $1,803-$2,019 6.020-7.120% 620-719 $633,600 $1,760 5.800% Above 760 Total Payments Paid Monthly Payment APR FICO Score
Loan Level Price Adjustments
Credit Score Factors
Amounts Owed Credit Cards Mortgage Loans Auto Loans HELOCs Installment Loans Length of History New Credit Soft Inquiries Hard Inquiries Types of Credit Used A Mortgage Loan An Auto Loan 2-3 Major Credit Cards
Payment History: 35% How do your borrowers pay their bills?
A recent 30-day late can cost 50+ points.
Paying a collection that is more than 2 years old can hurt a score.
Being past due on an account can cost 50+ points.
Derogatory accounts do NOT always fall off of a credit report automatically after 7 years. They must be disputed.
A divorce decree does NOT take precedence over the creditor agreement.
Amounts Owed: 30% Managing Debt
New debt temporarily decreases a score.
Balances should be kept below 50% at all times to maintain a score.
Balances should be kept below 30% of the limit for 3-6 months prior to applying for a home loan.
Debt should NOT be consolidated, it should be distributed evenly over all credit card accounts.
Going over the limit on a credit card, even by $1, will cause a serious penalty.
HELOCs can be considered revolving debt, not mortgages.
Credit card accounts should NOT be closed except in special circumstances.
Unused credit card accounts will become unrated in 3 months.
Length of History: 15% Mix of Credit: 10%
Borrowers should hold onto old credit cards, even if the rate is not great.
New credit users can NO LONGER add themselves to another person’s account as an authorized user to generate a score.
Mixture is best.
The type of credit card DOES matter.
3 to 5 revolving credit cards with established history is optimal.
Hard vs. soft Inquiries.
14-day window for pulling reports.
Inquiries affect a score for one year.
Inquiries can cost between 2 and 30 points, depending on the current score.
Pre-approved card offers are NOT really pre-approved.
BORROWERS NEED TO WORK ON OPTIMIZING THEIR CREDIT TODAY!
Step 1 - Order Credit Reports & Scores : The first step is for borrowers to get a complete picture of their current credit situation by ordering a copy of their credit reports and scores for all three national credit bureaus - TransUnion®, Equifax and Experian®.
Step 2 - Verify the Data Being Reported : It is the consumer's responsibility to verify the accuracy of the data being reported.
Step 3- Dispute Any Inaccurate Information : Have borrowers contact their creditors and send letters of dispute to the credit bureaus to have errors on their report corrected. These must be sent via CERTIFIED mail.
Partnerships Are Critical!
Not the time to refer three lenders!
You need one “go-to” lender
Wide array of available products
Expert in underwriting
“Credit analysis and repair” partnerships
Local and accountable
Buyer/Seller Action Steps
Review Credit Report Every 3-6 Months
Pre-Qualifications Are Worthless!
Pre-Approvals Good for 120 Days
Do Not Accept Pre-Approvals From the Unknown and Non-Local