One of the most important factors that influences a lender’s decision for issuing mortgage loans is your credit score. It’s estimated that by improving your credit score from a “fair” score to a “good” score, you could save tens of thousands of dollars over the life of your loan.
There are five broad factors that influence your credit score. These include your payment history, how much you owe, your newly acquired credit, your mixed credit, and your credit history.
Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to improve your credit score to make your home buying process as stress-free as possible.
Determine If Any Errors are Present on Your Credit Report
Luckily, some of the time your credit score can be improved simply be fixing any errors that are present. These errors include instances of incorrect or outdated information and can be easily fixed by following the instructions listed for filing disputes on each of the major credit bureau’s websites (Experian, Equifax, and Transunion).
Other Errors that may affect your credit score include, but are not limited to:
- Accounts created fraudulently in your name.
- Accounts that have been duplicated in error.
- Improperly processed payments.
Pay Down Your Debt
Showing that you are able to pay off your debt is a good sign and one that will positively affect your credit score. Having loans that you’ve defaulted on or many credit cards that you’ve run up could hurt affect your credit score negatively.
Be Timely with Your Bill Payments
Ensure that you have a system in place to pay your bills on time, as this factors heavily into your credit score. Late payments can even, in some circumstances, reduce your credit score by as much as a triple digit amount.
Keep Credit Card Balances Low
Lenders consider your credit heavily during the mortgage application process. So, especially when you get within a few months of applying for your mortgage, ensure that you’ve paid off your credit card debt to the best of your ability.
Lenders like to see that you have taken out loans, acquired some debt, and paid it back as owed. This generates a sense of trust in the lender and the feeling that, if you’ve paid back loans before, you will do it again.
Limit Your Reliance on New Credit
If you appear to be too heavily reliant on credit, lenders may balk during your mortgage application process and think that you are a high-risk applicant. Therefore, you should resist the urge to open too many new credit cards and even avoid taking out any personal loans, if possible, during your application process.
Your credit score is vitally important in your mortgage application process. So, when you’re dealing with all of the necessary proceedings, make sure that you practice all of the good habits mentioned above. If you have questions or need help finding a home or getting a good price based on your score, a qualified mortgage professional can help. The mortgage experts at Rex Homes have provided some additional information on how you can improve your score on their website here: https://blog.rexhomes.com/how-to-improve-your-credit-score-before-you-buy/