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FICO® Score - a Brief Explanation

When you apply for a mortgage loan, you expect your lender to pull a credit report and look at whether you’ve made your payments on time. What you may not expect is that they seem to be more interested in your FICO® score.

“What’s a FICO® score?” is a common reaction.

Each time your credit report is pulled, it is run through a computer program with a built-in scorecard. Points are awarded or deducted based on certain items such as how long you have had credit cards, whether you make your payments on time, if your credit balances are near maximum, and assorted other variables. When the credit report prints in your lender’s office, the total score is displayed. Your score can be anywhere between the high 300’s and the low 850’s.

Lenders wanted to determine if there was any relationship between these credit scores and whether borrowers made their payments on time, so they did a study. The study showed that borrowers with scores above 680 almost always made their payments on time. Borrowers with scores below 600 seemed fairly certain to develop problems.

As a result, credit scoring became a more important factor in approving mortgage loans. Credit scores also made it easier to develop artificial intelligence computer programs that could make a “yes” decision for loans that should obviously be approved. Nowadays, a computer and not a person may have actually approved your mortgage.

In short, lower credit scores require a more thorough review than higher scores. Often, mortgage lenders will not even consider a score below 600.

Some of the things that affect your FICO score are:

  • Delinquencies
  • Too many accounts opened within the last twelve months
  • Short credit history
  • Balances on revolving credit are near the maximum limits
  • Public records, such as tax liens, judgments, or bankruptcies
  • No recent credit card balances
  • Too many recent credit inquiries
  • Too few revolving accounts
  • Too many revolving accounts

FICO® actually stands for Fair Isaac and Company, which is the company used by the Experian (formerly TRW) credit bureau to calculate credit scores. Trans-Union and Equifax are two other credit bureaus who also provide credit scores.

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Broker, Molly Stevens
Signature Real Estate Services
Fillmore, Utah Office
35 South Main
435-743-8316

Email: info@signaturerealestate.com

Branch Broker, Lucas Stevens
Signature Real Estate Services

Delta, Utah Office
303 East Main
435-864-4700

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We just want to say "Thank You" to Molly and all the staff at Signature Real Estate Services in Delta for being so helpful.  The sale process was not that easy because I live in Nevada and the other two live in Maryland.  We were very impressed with how smoothly the sale of our land went. Everyone involved was so helpful and very professional!!  You were able to put the land on the market and sell it without ever seeing us in person!  Very impressive. 


Signature Real Estate Services kept us updated with monthly emails letting us know how many times people viewed the property and when anyone was interested.

We are so pleased that the people who purchased the property plan to build a home on it in the next couple of years.  The land had been in our family for over seventy years and now someone will make it their home.

We cannot express how much we appreciate all that you did for us.
Darlene Stewart
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