Before lenders make the decision to lend you money, they must know that you're willing and able to pay back that mortgage loan. To understand your ability to pay back the loan, they assess your income and debt ratio. To assess how willing you are to repay, they use your credit score.
Fair Isaac and Company built the original FICO score to assess creditworthines. You can find out more about FICO here.
Credit scores only assess the info contained in your credit profile. They do not consider income, savings, down payment amount, or personal factors like sex race, nationality or marital status. These scores were invented specifically for this reason. Credit scoring was envisioned as a way to take into account only what was relevant to a borrower's likelihood to repay a loan.
Your current debt level, past late payments, length of your credit history, and a few other factors are considered. Your score is calculated wtih positive and negative items in your credit report. Late payments lower your credit score, but consistently making future payments on time will improve your score.
For the agencies to calculate a credit score, borrowers must have an active credit account with six months of payment history. This payment history ensures that there is sufficient information in your credit to calculate a score. Some borrowers don't have a long enough credit history to get a credit score. They should spend some time building up a credit history before they apply for a loan.
Foxfield Financial can answer questions about credit reports and many others. Give us a call: 720-598-8300.