For many consumers, checking their credit score can yield a variety of results. With instant access to credit scores now available through most major credit card websites, bank websites and credit services sites, it has never been easier to see where you stand. Of course, it’s also never been more confusing. Credit scores can vary from one service to the next, depending on which of the credit bureaus is providing the information.
This variance in credit scores can be frustrating for consumers who feel confident that they understand where their score is before applying for credit. For example, there can be a huge difference between a FICO score and a Vantage score. The previous Vantage models could have a score as high as 990, where the highest score in most industry models is 850. In that scenario, you could potentially have a much higher credit score using that older model, but it would not be a true reflection of what the majority of bureaus are reporting.
Almost all lenders and banks use your FICO (Fair Isaac Corp.) score when evaluating credit risk and depend on the three main credit agencies (Experian, TransUnion and Equifax) to calculate that score. These agencies provide us with the most accurate determination of your score, which helps us discern creditworthiness. Understanding your credit score and your credit report are vital when you are applying for a new loan. That’s why it is imperative to work with a Mortgage Planner who will take the time to review your score, answer your questions about the scores that you may have seen, and help you understand the process.
When you apply for a mortgage loan with me, I will be happy to review your credit report with you. Together, we can decide if your credit will impact your ability to qualify for a mortgage loan or your lowest interest rate so that you can make the best decision about your new home.