When Your FICO Score is Anything but Ideal, It's Time to Rescore
If you’re ready to buy a new home, you know that a good FICO score is critical to the process. Your FICO affects not just your ability to buy a new home, but the interest rate and fees you’ll pay for the new loan. Often, buyers are shocked to realize their credit score is not as high as they thought. Even borrowers who always pay their bills on time can be surprised by a lower FICO score when they apply for a loan. Fortunately, your lender can help with a rapid rescore process.
A rapid rescore is initiated by your lender to boost your FICO in days. Most lenders offer this service and will start by reviewing your credit report with you. Lenders use what’s known as the “middle score,” in determining risk. There are three credit bureaus – Transunion, Equifax, and Experian – and they each calculate your score a little differently. The middle score is used for most home loans as your FICO.
Your lender has a program which can estimate your rescore based on removing false reporting or lowering the balance on a credit card. Even paying off one card can raise your score by 20+ points, enough to make a huge difference in your mortgage interest rate. Once the steps are determined and taken, they then request the credit bureaus verify the report. This will often take a few days, and then the new score will be available to the lender to use for your loan.
If you are considering a new home loan, it’s important to know your credit score ahead of time, when you can still correct mistakes. But, if you are already in the process, your lender may be able to use the rapid rescore process to quickly increase your score and offer you a better loan.