So you want to buy a house and you wonder how your credit score will impact your ability to get a mortgage loan with a good interest rate.
A perfect credit score is 850, but all scores 760 and above are considered to be in the best range. Mortgage lenders want your business and will offer you loans with the lowest interest rates.
A good score is from 700 to 759 and a fair score is from 650 to 699. Since a lower score means you’ve had some late payments or other dings on your credit history, lenders see you as more likely to default on your home loan. They may still give you a mortgage, but it will be at a higher interest rate.
Credit scores below 650 are considered poor. This doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t qualify for a loan, but it may be tough, and you’ll pay a higher interest rate.
If your score is lower than you’d hoped, you can raise your credit score. Just keep in mind that you can’t improve a credit score overnight, which is why you should check your credit score annually—long before you want to start house hunting.
If you want to buy a home or you know someone who’s looking to buy a home, contact me to learn your financing options. I can refer you to experienced mortgage loan officers who will consider your financial standing and help you get the best possible loan. Then we can begin your home search.