How Your Credit Score Affects Your Mortgage

Have you ever wondered how your credit score affects your mortgage?

When purchasing a home, it’s important to consider all the factors that comprise your mortgage payment. One factor within your control is your credit score – if you have a high credit score, you will likely be granted a lower interest rate on your mortgage. Here’s how to heighten or maintain your credit score as you are buying a home.

When getting a home loan, one factor within your control is your credit score.

First, it’s important to understand that your credit score represents your money habits, including your bill payment history, current debt, and your credit history. As payment history comprises 35 percent of your total credit score, it’s important to pay your bills on time and in full. The second highest factor is your total debt, so paying down your credit cards or other loans can positively impact your credit score.

What is a Credit Score?

A number that represents your money habits; including bill payment history, current debt, and other lines of credit.

In addition to the factors listed above, your credit score will decrease any time you open new lines of credit, so avoid opening new credit cards when you are searching for or buying a home. It is smart to avoid big purchases as you are home searching too, whether you are paying for them in full or purchasing them on credit.

Avoid opening new lines of credit when searching for/ buying a new home.

While you may have a house budget in your head based on the money you have saved for a down payment and your total income, it’s important to get a mortgage pre-approval from a lender before you begin your home search. A pre-approval is the estimated price of what you can afford, and it takes into account your credit score and other financial information. A mortgage pre-approval not only helps you limit your home search, it can also make your offer more appealing to sellers who want to speed up the closing process.

A mortgage pre-approval letter can make your offer more appealing to sellers.

Click here to get a free, no-obligation pre-approval from one of the top lenders in our area – Rector Hayden Mortgage!

One of the best benefits of working with a Rector Hayden REALTOR® is having access to our in-house Lending Company, Rector Hayden Mortgage!  Aaron Mason, our chief Mortgage Loan Officer, is on hand 5 days a week to answer any questions about the loan process.  Aaron assists our agents and their clients in finding competitive rates and unique loan options that are CUSTOM FIT for your situation.


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