HOW YOUR CREDIT SCORE AFFECTS YOUR MORTGAGE RATE

December 19, 2018 by
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By Michael Burge – Michael Burge is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website.

Without a high credit score, you won’t qualify for the best mortgage rates available, which could mean you’ll end up paying more money over the term of your mortgage. Even with rates at historic lows right now, the difference between 3.5% and 3.75% can add up, especially if you’re applying for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage.

Why does your credit score matter to lenders?

Along with a low debt-to-income ratio and a strong financial history, a high credit score gets you a low mortgage rate. But why?

You’d probably be hesitant to lend money to a friend who usually takes forever to pay you back — or doesn’t pay you back at all. Lenders feel the same way when it comes to mortgages. They want to lend to people who have a record of on-time payments to creditors.

“If somebody has a high credit score, what that shows us is that they’ve been good on meeting their obligations, whether it be credit cards, car loans or other home loans in the past,” says Brian Hoovler, a loan production partner with People’s Home Equity in San Francisco. “It means we’re more likely to want to give you a loan, because we know you’re going to pay us back.”

Your credit score is calculated most often with the FICO scoring model, and is derived from the information on your credit reports, which are compiled by credit reporting companies. Your reports include a history of your payment habits with borrowed money.

Your credit score is “one of the most important parts to qualify,” says Michelle Chmelar, vice president of mortgage lending with Guaranteed Rate in New York. “But it is a part. You have to have the whole package: income, sufficient assets and credit.” more…

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