How is your credit score calculated?

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    • #206511

      Is there a specific formula to it? Please don’t answer this question if you don’t know. I don’t want to read stuff like “if you pay off your debt, your score will be high”.

    • #274030

      There is no set formula used by all three credit reporting agencies.
      FACTA defines a “credit score” as:
      A numerical value or categorization derived from a statistical tool or modeling system used by a person who makes or arranges a loan to predict the likelihood of certain credit behaviors, including default (and the numerical value or the categorization derived from such analysis may also be referred to as a “risk predictor” or “risk score” (FCRA ?609(f)(2))
      This is why your scores vary between the credit reporting agencies.l

      Hope this is of help.

    • #278625

      FICO scores are based on the following factors;

      1. Payment history 35%
      2. Time in bureau 15%
      3. Types of credit 10%
      4. New credit 10%
      5. Debt to credit ratio 30%

      To have the very best score and profile people need 3 credit card accounts (revolving) with balances below 30% of their limits and 2 cars, boats, homes, motorcycles, computers, furniture or personal accounts (installment) all with good long pay history’s.

    • #434072

      That’s why its better to sell the old house FIRST – even if you have to rent for awhile.

    • #434073

      unless your old house is very close to being sold or will close on the same day the house you are closing on new house, you might not get approved for a mortgage for the new house and unless you have that sales agreement and are 100% sure the sale will go thru – it would be extremely risky to try and buy anything

    • #434074

      >You< might need the money from the old house to buy the new house, but not everyone does. We bought a house that we could afford even if our other house sits on the market (which it is doing). You can also build in contingencies where you can’t close until your other house sells, but in this market, few sellers are willing to deal with that without a serious out clause. If you need the proceeds of your old house to buy a new one, then you either have to time if perfectly or you have to sell the old one before you close on the new one.

    • #434075

      I have not even looked for a house till having a signed contract on the one for sale. Even with the ability to carry 2 mortgages and having enough cash for 20% down that is a gamble one should not take.
      You wait. Even if your home sells quickly you can always rent an apt on a month to month basis while you find your dream home.

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