The following is an exert from our spring newsletter. To prepare for buying a first or next home, refinancing, or if you just want to get back on track, you have to work on your FICO score.
A FICO score is a review of your years of credit history based on a model developed by Fair Isaac and Company. Most people have scores near 650, but scores range from 300 to 850. The items that impact your FICO score are your credit-to-debt ratio, the types of credit you have, the number of recent credit inquiries, and most importantly, your payment history.Building your FICO score takes time, but you can see changes within a few months. You can improve your credit score, or gain credit if you don’t already have it, by using these helpful hints:Correct your credit reportIf you discover mistakes on your credit report, contact the bureau asking that the items be removed. Make sure all of the activity reported is correct.Keep up with paymentsLate payments kill your FICO score. Making payments on time is the best way to prove that you're able to make payments to a lender.Apply for gas station cards or store creditFor those who have no credit or low credit, retail credit cards and gas credit cards are ways to obtain credit, increase your credit limits and start a solid payment history. Beware of carrying a balance because these types of cards normally have high interest rates.
Now that you know more about credit reporting, you'll be able to improve your FICO score.
To learn more, visit www.myFICO.com and get a free report at www.annualcreditreport.com.There are also companies that will help you resolve credit issues for a fee. One that we have heard has great success offer credit repair services with a guarantee. For more information and to see some of their results visit http://www.ezhomesearch.net/buyerbonus
After 5 long years it looks like the long awaited recovery is here. The following informational graphic was provided by ActiveRain, the worlds largest real estate social network. ActiveRain surveyed over 2400 real estate professionals. The results of this survey were used to create this graphic. This is great news for the US economy as economic recoveries often come on the back of real estate.
In honor of Valentines Day, the RealEstate.com looked at how romance influences homeownership. There are some interesting facts and statistics. Scroll down to see if your city is one the list or go to their BLOG for complete results! Happy Valentines Day!
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