With dozens of variations of FICO credit scores, which FICO scores do mortgage lenders use? We have the answer
Which FICO Score is Used for Mortgages
Most lenders determine a borrower’s creditworthiness based on FICO® scores, a Credit Score developed by Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO™). This score tells the lender what type of credit risk you are and what your interest rate should be to reflect that risk. FICO scores have different names at each of the three major United States credit reporting companies. And there are different versions of the FICO formula. Here are the specific versions of the FICO formula used by mortgage lenders:
- Equifax Beacon 5.0
- Experian/Fair Isaac Risk Model v2
- TransUnion FICO Risk Score 04
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Tips to increase your credit score quickly
Pay down your credit card balances Your credit utilization ratio is the percentage of credit you are using on your credit card accounts. Credit utilization ratios account for 30% of your credit score. The higher the balance you have on your credit cards, the lower your credit score will be. Make sure to pay your credit card balances as low as possible before applying for a mortgage
Pay for Deletion
Of you have any collections on your credit report, they are obviously having a significant negative impact on your credit score. You can contact the collection agencies directly and ask them if they will do a pay for delete. A pay for delete is an agreement that you agree to pay the balance and in return, the creditor agrees to remove the account from your credit report. If a creditor will not agree to this, there is no reason to pay off collections unless your lender tells you to. Paying collection accounts does not improve your credit score.
Become an Authorized User
If you have a family member or close friend with a credit card. They can add you as an authorized user on their account. The entire credit history of the account will be added to your credit report. FICO does consider authorized user accounts into their credit scoring algorithm. This is a quick way to add up to 30 points to your FICO score.
Check your credit by one of the three major credit reporting agencies.
- Equifax credit report: 1-800-685-1111
- Experian credit report: 1-888-397-3742
- TransUnion credit report: 1-800-888-4213
To find out more information about how to improve your credit score and maintain good credit visit sites like
How to Dispute Inaccurate Items On Your Credit Report
Below are the links for you to dispute any inaccurate information, you should not dispute any accounts if you planning on applying for a mortgage within the next 30 to 60 days because many times the disputes have to be removed from your credit report so lenders can get your accurate credit score.
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