Improving Your Score

How can you improve your credit score?

Changing or improving your credit score after you have decided to buy or refinance a home may be virtually impossible. Here are some tips and strategies to work on that may help you improve your score before you apply for a loan.

  1. Check for accuracy:  Make sure that the information reporting on each of the three credit bureaus is consistent and up to date. Order a free copy of your credit report about once a year, and dispute any inaccuracies.
  2. Pay on time: Late payments work against you. It’s extremely important to pay bills on time, even if it’s only the monthly payment. If you dont have any accounts reporting on your credit, get some.  If the credit agencies dont see on time payments they have nothing to score on.
  3. Keep the balance low: Don’t “max out” your credit lines. Since the size of the balance on your open accounts is a factor, lower balances are better.  The magic number seems to be around 30%.  So if the limit on your credit card is $1,000 NEVER let the balance go over $300.
  4. Clear up judgments & collections: If you have any outstanding judgments they will have to be paid in full prior to closing. Though some collections may not have to be paid off, it is a good idea to clear them up to ensure your score is as high as possible.

I’ve reviewed thousands of credit reports and would be happy to take a peek at yours and give you some personalized tips on increasing the score.*

*Not intended as credit counseling, financial, or investment advice. Contact your financial representative for more information.

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November Lunch and Learn / Webinar: Low Down Payment Options For Home Buyers

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One of the biggest myths out there is that you need a bunch of money to buy a house.  That’s simply not true.  There are a number of No and Low down payment options for home buyers.  On top of that you don’t have to be a first time home buyer to access many of those programs.    During our next lunch and learn we will cover all the different options out there for buyers looking to minimize their down payment.  Over the last couple years its been harder to get a lot of these types of offers accepted.  However, with the market going back to a much more “normal” state it’s not nearly as hard as it was just a few short months ago.  This is the perfect time for Realtors to reconnect with their past customers and get back out there looking.   Come check out this lunch and learn and get a refresh course on low down payment options for buyers!

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