Applying for a mortgage this year? You might be interested in what we are seeing that is helping folks get the highest credit scores. Currently, we are advising folks NOT to pay an existing credit card off. We think it’s going to be best to keep the card open, and use them AT LEAST one or twice every 4 to 6 months. If you don’t use them at ALL – then they will not be contributing positive information on your credit file.
Transunion started using a different “Black Box” model in January, and now Experian and Equifax are making technical adjustments too.Although they will not allow us to know the exact forumal for calculating the score – we know SOME of the changes!
Some of the changes are
Collections that start under $100 will not have an impact on your score. These are 3rd party collection accounts. However! You will get “no love” for paying down that $500 collection to $75.
Maxed out credit cards will hurt MORE
An approximate 15% shift in points towards credit use. This will help your score if you carry little debt on your credit cards BUT it will definately hurt you if you are maxed out
A single 30 day late will not hurt as bad on one rough spot BUT a pattern of 30 day lates will hurt more
Authorized User accounts will still be scored, BUT there is going to be some sort of “reality test” that FICO isn’t sharing with us. The guess is if the consumer has a 2 year credit history and there is a 20 year old authorized user account on that consumers credit they won’t be receiving the “points” for that account. In other words does that account make any sense in the consumers credit profile. This is actually GOOD news for folks who are trying to re-established credit and can get a family member(s) to add them as authorized users! We had been told that User Accounts, or Co-signed Accounts would TOTALLY go away!
REMEMBER! If you are a First Time Homebuyer – there’s more you want to know about your credit score and buying your first home!
If you have questions about getting the highest credit score, and how it will affect your ability to purchase a home – and obtain a mortgage – please call Steve and Eleanor Thorne, at Mortgage Loans Cary , Inc at 919-649-5058.